Mercedes has announced a new special edition C-class, with standard satnav, SE comfort and Sport looks.
The new Executive SE is based on the SE specification C180 Kompressor – a 1.6-litre supercharged petrol engine with environmentally-friendly pretensions – and follows on from an model of the same name.
Sport grille and Command included
The main visual difference between this and regular SE models is the front grille that incorporates a large Mercedes three-pointed star badge, previously exclusive to Sport models. This is joined by new 16-inch alloy wheels, plus chrome bootlid and exhaust trimmings.
The inclusion of Mercedes’ Command multimedia system as standard is the major interior upgrade. This features satellite navigation, voice control and a hard disk drive for music storage; the system interacts with the multi-function steering wheel.
Efficient but fast
The C180K engine produces 155bhp, and is officially capable of 44.8mpg combined, while emitting an impressively restrained 154g/km of CO2. It sprints to 62mph from rest in 9.5 seconds and then on to a top speed of 143mph; the rear wheels are driven via a six-speed manual gearbox.
Standard safety kit includes Mercedes Pre-Safe, which anticipates an imminent accident and primes the car to best protect its passengers, and adaptive brake lights, which flash during hard deceleration to warn other road users.
Value for money
Prices for the Mercedes C-class Executive SE start at £23,191 for the saloon, and £24,390 for the estate. Although these are £661 more than the equivalent regular SE models, the special editions come with £2,200 in added value.
The C-class Executive SE is available now.
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