C-Class to Go Aluminum
In an effort to meet stringent fuel and emissions guidelines, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be made lighter and more fuel-efficient. To accomplish this, Mercedes-Benz is reportedly planning on integrating more lightweight components into the C-Class body steely structure. The main component of choice is aluminum – a pliable metal that reduces the weight of a vehicle while maintaining rigidity. Read on to learn more about what this update means for the future of the C-Class!
Lighter Weight, Improved Fuel-Efficiency
The body weight of a vehicle plays a crucial role in its city and highway fuel economy. According to the EPA, every 100 pounds removed from a vehicle increases fuel economy by one to two percent. As the demand for greater fuel efficiency grows, Mercedes-Benz – and the auto industry as a whole – is directing its attention toward the use of lightweight, fuel-friendly materials. As a result, newer and stricter emission and fuel-efficiency regulations are on the horizon.
To meet these guidelines, Mercedes-Benz is knocking a few extra pounds off the next C-Class by using a healthy amount of aluminum during the engineering process. Apparently, Mercedes-Benz is also investigating the highly complex process of welding aluminum directly to steel. Depending on the steps taken, this process results in a heavy-duty piece of material that’s suited for mechanical and structural applications.
Additional Changes for the C-Class
While the next C-Class is slated to be lighter and more fuel-minded, Alpharetta drivers can anticipate the same capable performance. On the whole, the C-Class is sticking to its gas- and diesel-powered 4-cylinder engine, automatic transmissions, and choice of drivetrains. Upon its release, however, the next C-Class will likely feature a plug-in hybrid – giving fuel-conscious drivers yet another change to look forward to. “Intelligent Drive” technologies, such as those inside the new 2017 E-Class, are also rumored to be making their way into the C-Class, offering a second pair of eyes and ears for drivers.
We’re Your C-Class Experts!
The fifth-generation C-Class is expected to arrive in the United States within the next four years. If you’d like to see the current C-Class up close and personal, contact RBM of Alpharetta to schedule a walkaround or test drive! We’re available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday!