Although Mercedes-Benz has been playing it close to the vest when it comes to revealing details about its new C-class sedan, prior to its debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, the company has stated that the car has been given a new lightweight body structure consisting of 48% aluminum hybrid construction, that the automaker claims will shave as much as 220 pounds off the current model depending on the engine it uses.” As a result it is also expected to reduce fuel consumption by about 20% “without any loss in power.”
The body structure is also made up of 9 primary cast components, with the suspension mounted on aluminum die-cast elements that are (claimed to be) a lot more rigid than the steel components presently in use. In addition, the company announced that its newly created hydroformed tube and aluminum cast parts “provide the 4th generation C-class sedans with “outstanding test results in NHTSA crash testing results in the US.”
Mercedes has also confirmed the new sedans will come with an optional Airmatic air suspension in combination with selected engines that will allow consumers to select between Comfort, ECO, Sport and Sport Plus modes to vary the firmness of the dampers. An automatic self-leveling feature also lowers the car at highway speeds for improved aerodynamics and added fuel economy, while an innovative new air conditioning system depends on GPS data to detect tunnels and automatically close the air re-circulation flap in order to prevent fume-filled air from entering the passenger section. Other sensors have also been added to the front passenger seat to detect the use of any child seat and automatically disengage the front passenger airbag.