Mercedes thinks Blue is Green at Geneva
On that ocassion, the German manufacturer will present three new additions for the C-Class Sedan range, all under the nickname of "Blue EFFICIENCY". In fact, we're talking about three new engines , the C180 KOMPRESSOR, C200 CDI and C350 CGI featuring new technology in order to improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions.
The C180 KOMPRESSOR had the displacement reduced from 1796 to 1597cc, while retaining the same power and torque (115 kW/156 hp /230 Newton meters) , consuming 12 percent less fuel than the standard version. The C200 CDI remained practically unchanged but the fuel consumption dropped by 10,5 percent.
Thanks to the direct petrol injection, the C350 CGI uses 10 percent less fuel than the normal 350 V6 while the output was raised to 215 kW/292 hp and 365 Newtonmetres of peak torque at 3000 rpm. Meaning 15 kW/20 hp and 15 Newton meters more, compared to the standard model. With this Engine, the C-Class is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 Km/h in 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250.
Mercedes engineers reduced the weight of the cars by 19 to 32 Kilos thanks to lightweight wheels , new noise-insulating lining and a newly developed windscreen similar to the one on the Maybach luxury saloon. All these changes combined with low resistance Michelin tires and longer final-drive ratios translate into an average fuel consumption of 6.5 l/100 km for the C180 KOMPRESSOR, 5.1 l/100 km for the C200 CDI and 8.4 l/100 km for the C350 CGI.
Hopefully, Mercedes will prove that Blue EFFICIENCY is not just another way of charging clients more money for "Green Technology" and their effort will be well appreciated by the public.