A number of manufacturers have been upping their game recently with models designed to challenge the supremacy of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in what remains a popular and profitable section of the market. Of course, Mercedes isn’t going to lie down and let the likes of Volkswagen and Volvo take a big bite out of its sales, so it’s going through the process of refreshing its current C-Class. After the facelifted sedan and estate wagon were revealed recently in Geneva, it’s now going to be the turn of the coupe and cabriolet models to get the treatment. And the German auto giant has now revealed what they’ll look like ahead of their scheduled debuts at the upcoming New York International Auto Show.
To say the exterior and interior aesthetic updates are subtle would be something of an understatement, but there are going to be some mechanical enhancements too. And one of the biggest changes with the new model is a more powerful engine under the hood of the four-wheel drive C43 4Matic.
Although at first glance it appears to be the same turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol used in previous incarnations of the estate, coupe, sedan and cabriolet models, it now puts out an additional 17kW to take its output to a healthy 288kW, but the torque remains unchanged at 519Nm. Perhaps a little surprisingly, the additional horsepower doesn’t make the C43 4Matic any faster as the quoted 0 to 100km/h time remains 4.7 seconds, and it’s the same story with the limited 250km/h top speed.
What’s perhaps more interesting is the entry-level EQ Boost mild-hybrid powerplant that’s now going to be offered for sale in selected markets from the middle of this year. This unit is based on Mercedes’ newly developed turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 135kW and 279Nm of torque, but also has a belt-driven alternator that can deliver an extra 104kW and 160Nm for short periods for improved acceleration and smoothness at low revs.
The system will be available with C200 4Matic EQ Boost sedan, estate, coupé and cabriolet C-Class variants, and will also get 48V electric architecture for greater efficiency.
Other, more powerful EQ Boost units will also become available as time goes on, including a yet to be confirmed C300 EQ Boost offering 168kW and 400Nm, with an additional 104kW and 160Nm available thanks to the belt-driven alternator. – AFP Relaxnews