New Technology for the Latest Mercedes C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class compact executive car was first released in 1993, replacing the older 190 range. In its early days the C-Class was the smallest car produced by Mercedes-Benz, but since then the release of the A-Class has pushed this car up to the second smallest car in the firm’s line-up. Over the years since its debut the car has gone through many changes, and the latest version of the C-Class is a fourth generation model. The platform which this car is built on has also been used for the 2012 release of the C-Class coupe.

The fourth generation model of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is known as the W204. This car was first unveiled to the world at the beginning of 2007 at the Geneva Auto Show, before going on sale in March of that year. A number of changes set this car apart from its predecessors, including a longer wheelbase and tracks, a stiffer bodyshell, and a new design which draws inspiration from the new S-Class and CLS-Class cars.

An innovative new design process was used in the development of this car for the first time ever, involving a complete 2.1 terabyte digital prototype of the vehicle which allowed testers to put the car through a 15 million mile road course and simulated crash testing even before a physical prototype had been built.

From 2008 onwards the range was also extended by the introduction of BlueEfficiency models. These cars have a reduced weight, and a lower drag co-efficient thanks to a wide range of changes from a smooth under-body cladding to a new lightweight transmission, improved aerodynamics and low rolling resistance tyres.

This new focus on efficiency continued with an update in 2010 which was the introduction of start-stop engine technology across the range to reduce fuel consumption. A new 7G-TRONIC PLUS gearbox was also introduced as part of this update, with revised gear ratios to improve fuel economy.

Exterior changes for the new car include LED daytime running lights in the main headlamp housing, and LED taillights.

Perhaps the biggest change for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, however, was the introduction of a wide range of new technology. This includes ten new driver assistance systems: Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Attention Assist drowsiness detection, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control, and Parking Guidance system with PARKTRONIC, PRE-SAFE Brake, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist.

The new telematics system includes 3D navigation display with plastic city views, and the multimedia system now provides for internet access when the vehicle is parked.