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Here it is in all its glory – the new Mercedes C-Class. First sight will be at the Detroit Motor Show this month, and UK buyers can get one from the summer

A NEW Mercedes C-Class is always an important event in any business car manager or company car driver’s life.

This is the fifth generation of the C-Class and it’s due to be unveiled to the public at the Detroit Show in January 2014 before going on sale in the UK in Quarter 3.

So plenty of time to start planning in the new Mercedes to your choice list. And to help you, here’s…

Ten things you need to know about the new Mercedes C-Class:

 

It has some very clever air-con

The air-conditioning system in the new Mercedes C-Class is linked up to the satellite navigation so it knows when you’re about to enter a tunnel. As you do it closes the air recirculation flap, and re-opens it once you leave the tunnel. You can have the climate control pump fragranced air into the cabin, too.

 

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It’s bound to be one of the most significant 2014 launches for business drivers, and you’ve got plenty of time to plan!

It’s great for company car tax

The C220 BlueTEC model – which boasts 168bhp – emits just 103g/km of CO2 and is capable of 70.6mpg. That means that when fitted with this engine the new C-Class is liable for only 14% BIK. The same applies to the petrol-powered C180, too.

 

It can almost drive itself!

If you fit your C-Class with DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop Go Pilot then your car will be able to accelerate, brake and steer you through traffic jams at speeds of up to 37mph. That’s great for taking the stress out of rush-hour.

 

Mercedes will offer more than one hybrid

Just as in the latest S-Class, Mercedes is introducing more than one hybrid to the new C-Class range. First up is the C300 BlueTEC HYBRID, powered by a 2.1-litre diesel engine and an electric motor. Mercedes says this model will be capable of 72.4mpg. There’s also a plug-in hybrid model on the way, but no further details have been released.

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A plug-in hybrid will join the C300 BlueTEC HYBRID model – company car tax figures should be very appealing

 

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  1. It has some very clever air-con : Nice trick with the air-con but my 51 plate C 200 servo controlled aircon suffered badly when several of the air direction controllers broke resulting in a annoying clicking noise from behind the dash and little or no control over the air direction. Its great news copy in the run up to the premiere of the car but lets not forget a car with a widely recognised, reliable design, will sell itself without gimmicks. Lets hope the front springs can last for a 100,000 miles too.

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