Fuel consumption will drop quite notably on all new C-Class models that are to get BlueEFFICIENCY from spring 2008.
Mercedes-Benz’s BlueEfficiency system will, from spring this year, be available to sale within the C-Class range. Geneva will expose BlueEfficiency in the C 350 CGI next month.
Merc says the system cuts fuel consumption by up to 12 percent in the C 180 KOMPRESSOR and C 200 CDI cars where the latter 100kW saloon achieves an average of 5.1 litres per 100km at 135 grams of CO2, and the former 115kW car is a 6.5 litres/100km, 156 grams of CO2 engine with BlueEfficiency. Performance has not been sacrificed at the green altar. C 180 KOMPRESSOR still does 0 – 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds and C 200 CDI does the same in 10.4 seconds. Not quite AMG but that is not the aim here.
Tyres have not dragged to assist either, with partner Michelin providing lighter rubber for lower resistance, thus playing a notable role in fuel consumption reduction. Other “small” changes made to achieve these figures include making the underbody smoother for better air flow, lowering suspension for better aerodynamics and blocking off the radiator grille in part so as to lower air intake into the engine, thus reducing wind resistance.
These are great lengths to go in order to meet stringent upcoming EU emissions laws, as well as ensuring that our world remains largely as it is for the next 100 years or so.