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Mercedes unveils enhancements across the range

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Prices of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sports Coupe will start at less than £21,000 on-the-road it was announced today.

And the all-new long wheelbase A-Class will cost just £900 more than the equivalent standard wheelbase model.

Prices have also been announced of the new C-Class estate car range and of the latest addition to the E-Class estate car line up, the diesel-powered E220 CDI.

Three petrol and one advanced diesel engine versions of the C-Class Sports Coupe are available. They go on sale in the UK on May 17.

Recommended retail on-the-road prices start at £20,290 for the two-litre C180 Sports Coupe. The two-litre supercharged C200 KOMPRESSOR costs £21,790 and the C230 KOMPRESSOR £23,250. The direct-injection common rail diesel engine C220 CDI costs £22,825.

A unique feature of the Sports Coupe is an optional panoramic glass sunroof, which covers almost the entire length of the car roof. At the press of a button the first half of the roof opens and slides over the rear section and gives an opening about a third larger than a conventional sunroof.

Lowered sports suspension, a sports exhaust system, sports pedals with stainless steel inserts and a shorter gear lever form part of a special Evolution sports option package along with wider tyres and 17 inch alloy wheels.

Each of the Sports Coupe models is offered with a combined panoramic roof and sports package, called Evolution Panorama, which adds £1,750 to the price.

Long wheelbase A-Class
The long wheelbase version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class goes on sale in early June when the standard A-Class also benefits from a host of enhancements.

An extra seven inches is added to the length of the A-Class allowing for the cargo area to be substantially extended. With the rear seats removed the car has a load capacity of 1,580 litres, which is an 18 per cent increase over the standard car's capacity and greater than many large estate cars.

The standard A-Class has a new look for 2001, with the enhancements carried across to the long wheelbase model. These include new, contoured front bumpers which incorporate the air intakes. The headlamps and indicator covers now have clear lenses and inside the car new, softer materials from the S-Class have been widely used.

Recommended on-the-road retail prices of the 2001 A-Class start at £13,025 for the A140 Classic. The A160 Classic costs £14,175 and the A170 CDI £14,895. The A190, which is only available in Elegance or Avantgarde trim, costs £16,925. Long wheelbase versions cost £900 more than the standard car.

C-Class estate
The new C-Class estate car goes on sale on 1 May. Recommended on-the-road prices are: C180 Classic £22,090; C200 KOMPRESSOR Classic £23,590; C240 Classic £25,490; C320 Elegance/Avantgarde £31,650; C220 CDI Classic £24,645 and C270 CDI Classic £26,215.

E220 CDI
E-Class estate car buyers now have a choice of two diesel models. The 2.2-litre direct-injection common rail E220 CDI joins the established E320 CDI model. The E220 CDI has a recommended on-the-road price of £27,085.

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