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New C-Class pricing and spec confirmed

  • The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be arriving in the UK in the summer
  • Find out what kit will now be available as standard
  • Fifth-generation C-Class brings upgrade in interior quality

Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing and specification details for the new C-Class, one of the most hotly anticipated cars for 2014.

The C-Class is a big seller here in the UK and is particularly popular with company car drivers. The fifth generation will be arriving in dealerships in summer 2014 and shares many of its characteristics with the recently launched S-Class, including a significant upgrade in interior quality as well as introducing new technology to the range.

Upon launch it'll be available with a choice of two engines and three trim levels; SE, Sport and AMG Line. Prices start from £26,855 - a small increase over the previous generation.

Company car drivers can choose from a four-cylinder petrol or diesel and both will be available with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearboxes.

Crucially for company car drivers, CO2 emissions have also been reduced with the range now starting from as low as 103g/km for the C220 BlueTEC SE. This means a company car tax band of 16 percent for the 2014/15 tax year.

Standard equipment will include a seven-inch colour screen controlled by a touchpad system, two-zone air conditioning, reversing camera, rain sensing wipers, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, heated windscreen wiper washers, a tyre pressure monitoring system and Collision Prevention Assist Plus.

The Sport model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, lowered suspension, chrome exterior trim and sat-nav. The AMG Line adds 18-inch AMG wheels, AMG bodystyling and steering wheel and sports suspension.

A further three engine variants - the C 200 BlueTEC, C 250 BlueTEC and C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID are expected to follow during the course of the year.

We're expecting big things from the new C-Class. The previous version was comfortable and great to drive, and the new S-Class is proof that Mercedes is capable of stunning developments in the chassis department. With its range of efficient engines and classy, modern styling, this car could be set to take the fight to BMW and its excellent 3 Series saloon.

To find out more about the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, click here to read the preview.

Parkers will be among the first to drive this brand new car, so keep an eye out for our Mercedes-Benz C-Class review coming soon.