Mercedes-Benz has revealed details for its next generation C-Class which will go on sale in the UK in March 2011.
The German manufacturer said there are 2,000 new components to distinguish the latest version of the C-Class from its predecessor.
The front and rear sections of the car have been redesigned and there is now a high-resolution colour display screen in the instrument cluster.
Mercedes-Benz says fuel consumption on the new model has been improved by up to 31%.
Efficiency-enhancing measures including new engines, the improved 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission and the economic start/stop function also feature.
Ten new driving assistance systems ranging from the standard attention assist drowsiness detection system to the optional Distronic Plus proximity control system are also now available for this model series for the first time.
The C-Class is the highest-selling model series for Mercedes-Benz.
The current series has found well over one million buyers worldwide since its launch in March 2007 (98,000 UK sales). Since the introduction of the first C-Class in 1982 (then known as the model 190), Mercedes-Benz has sold more than 8.5 million vehicles in total in this segment.
Prices will be announced closer to when the C-Class goes on sale in March.