Mercedes-Benz today introduced the new C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY that features a second-generation direct injection. The fourth BlueEFFICIENCY model in the C-Class lineup is powered by a V6 engine that delivers 15 percent more power and meets future EU5 emission limits.
Power comes from a 292 V6 gasoline engine with a maximum torque of 269 lb-ft of torque. That allows for a 0 to 62 mph time of 6.2 seconds with top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. Even with that type of performance the C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY returns an estimated fuel-economy of 28 mpg.
Pricing for the C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY starts at 46,796.75 euros ($59,999 USD). The recently launched C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition gets 45 mpg and starts at 40,638.50 euros ($56,966 USD).
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2009 Mercedes-Benz C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY:
C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY: Driving pleasure and efficiency thanks to innovative direct fuel injection
Stuttgart ““ Mercedes-Benz is introducing the C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY featuring second generation direct fuel injection as the fourth BlueEFFICIENCY model in the C-Class. Compared to the current C 350, the new saloon consumes more than ten percent less fuel. At the same time, the innovative V6 engine delivers 15 percent more power and already meets future EU5 emission limits. As such, the new Mercedes-Benz C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY combines driving pleasure, safety, economy and environmental compatibility in a package which is exemplary for a vehicle in this class.
At the heart of the new Mercedes-Benz C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY, which is available to order immediately, is the world”s first petrol engine with spray-guided direct injection. It produces 215 kW/292 hp and a maximum torque of 365 Nm. This is 15 kW/20 hp and 15 Nm more than the current V6 engine with port injection. Thanks to its innovative combustion system with piezo injection and a particulary efficient gearshift program the C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY consumes 8.3 litres of premium grade fuel per 100 kilometres in the European driving cycle, with CO2 emissions of 193 g/km. This figure is more than 1.4 litres less than the value attained by the current C 350 and already meets future EU5 emission limits.
In addition to greater economy and environmental compatibility, the new C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY also affords an impressive driving experience: it accelerates to 100 km/h from a standstill in 6.2 seconds, while its top speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h.
The C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY will be available as no-cost options with “Elegance” equipment, or as the sporty “Avantgarde” variant. Besides the extensive range of equipment fitted as standard, the saloons feature an AMG spoiler lip on the boot lid, a dual-flow exhaust system with polished stainless steel tailpipe trim, seven-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, 16-inch light alloy wheels (17-inch wheels also available at no additional charge), speed-sensitive steering and also “SPEEDTRONIC” cruise control with variable limit speed.
As well as the exciting design and refinement for which Mercedes is renowned, the new model of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class also features the latest, state-of-the-art technology. This includes for example the AGILITY CONTROL package with situation-responsive shock absorber control, the Intelligent Light System with five different lighting functions and the PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection system. Since the official market launch on 31 March 2007, well over 400,000 customers have opted for a model in this series. As such, the multi-award-winning C-Class has become the world”s market leader in its segment.
The price of the C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENGY is 46,796.75 euros (incl. VAT).