Compromise To Reduce Mass: New Mercedes C-Class Has Only A 41-Liter Tank
|   Monday, February 17, 2014
The new generation Mercedes C-Class, unveiled in mid-December and exposed at the Detroit Auto Show in January, is preparing to go on the streets of Europe. The Mercedes C-Class has grown in size, but promises a much lower total mass. This performance led to compromises, one of them being that only a 41-liters tank is offered as standard.

The new medium segment relies on a number of technological innovations, but also on larger proportions. They provide more interior space, but do not increase weight.
According to the official press release issued by Mercedes, the new C-Class is about 100 kg lighter than its predecessor. This decrease in total mass positively affects consumption and emissions performance.

"Mercedes at its best - this is the new C-Class that sets new standards for medium-premium segment," says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Daimler AG, in charge of the Research and Development for Mercedes-Benz Cars. "C-Class is characterized by an emotional and yet elegant design that is complemented by a modern interior of exemplary quality, defining a new standard of driving for pleasure."

Few know that the total weight reduction was achieved with some sacrifice and gimmicks. 
Mercedes has decided to reduce the volume of new generation tank with exactly 18 liters, so the total capacity goes down to only 41 liters. Reducing the capacity helped the German company get rid of 12 kg, and to ensure a favorable calculation method for the weight.

Ola Källenius, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars, adds: "The new C-Class embodies Mercedes-Benz's claim ‘The best or nothing' in uncompromising style. This is immediately apparent when encountering our new Saloon for the first time, as it creates the impression that one is sitting in a higher class of automobile. I am sure that our customers will be delighted by the high-class appeal and agility of the new C-Class."

The C-Class has grown to accommodate people's increasing average height. With an 80-mm increase in the wheelbase (2840 mm) as opposed to the previous version, the vehicle is 95 mm longer (4686 mm) and 40 mm wider (1810 mm). The additional space resulted benefits mostly the rear passengers, who now travel in higher level of comfort. The new C-Class also overshadows its predecessor in terms of boot capacity,with 480 liters (in accordance with ISO 3832).


Many people know that the total mass of a vehicle is calculated with a 90 percent filled tank, plus a driver of 75 kg. Considering that the C-Klasse tank has decreased in sizes, Mercedes had to consider the weight of just 36.9 liters, not 53.1 liters, as was the case for the older model. Although the total mass does not drop considerably, Mercedes thought that this could help calculations a lot.

The standard tank provides only 41 liters of fuel, but European customers can order an optional tank of 66 liter, in exchange for 60 euros. In the United Kingdom, the latter will be provided as standard.

A Mercedes spokesman said: "We have reduced the fuel tank capacity of the new C-class roughly in line with the fuel savings it offers over its predecessor. For those customers who place a priority on range, we offer an optional 66-litre tank. The reduction in weight of the new C-class has led to a significant improvement in payload capacity. This is up by 50kg and is now 90kg higher than the competition."
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