The German premium brand has unveiled additional technical details about its fourth-generation C-class sedan, more than two months before it is due to make its world debut at the Detroit auto show.
After we saw earlier the interior of the new C Class, Mercedes gets all technical with us and says the new generation will be lighter and have better fuel economy – as the new lightweight body structure of the fourth-generation C class will contribute to a 20% reduction in fuel consumption in some models.
The C class will have a new lightweight body structure with a newly developed aluminum hybrid construction process that the automaker claims will shave as much as 100 kg (220 pounds) over the current model depending on the engine it uses. The new structure uses up to 48 % aluminum – up from 9 % on the outgoing third-generation C class. The amount of hot-formed steel and high-strength steel has also risen by 5 % and 1 percent to 8 % and 4 %, respectively.
The new C-class body structure consists of nine primary cast components, with the suspension mounted on aluminum die-cast elements that are claimed to be significantly more rigid than the steel components used today. Newly developed hydroformed tube and aluminum cast components are claimed to provide the new sedan with outstanding test results in NHTSA crash testing procedures in the United States.
the fourth-generation C class also uses a newly developed chassis consisting of a new four-link front and five-link rear suspension that is claimed to provide what Mercedes describes as “unsurpassed wheel location qualities,” “supreme straight line stability” and “outstanding NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) qualities.”
Also, as we already know, Mercedes has also revealed the new C class will receive a thoroughly reworked interior featuring optional head-up display, a fingertip-controlled touch pad within the center console and a free standing central display featuring a standard 7-inch or optional 8.4-inch color monitor.
Via Automotive News Europe
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