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The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate is set to arrive in the UK in September

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With five engine options and three models lines, the new C-Class Estate sets new class benchmarks in refinement, economy and standard equipment – with functional highlights including a powered tailgate, roof rails and split folding rear seats being fitted to every model.

Starting the range is the C 200 petrol engine, producing 184 hp and emitting 128 g/km of CO2. Priced at 28,055 (a 1,200 premium over the Saloon), the C 200 is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Two diesel engines – the 220 BlueTEC and the 250 BlueTEC – produce 170 hp and 204 hp and emit from 108 g/km and 117 g/km of CO₂respectively. The 220 BlueTEC – available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox - starts from 30,565 OTR while the 250 BlueTEC (available with a seven-speed automatic gearbox only) is priced from 33,220 OTR.

Two further engines – a C 200 BlueTEC diesel and the C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID – will join the range later in the year.

Linked to each engine range is the choice of three model lines – SE, Sport and AMG Line. In addition there are four option packages – the Executive Package (995 and available on the SE) which comprises the Garmin Map Pilot navigation system, heated front seats and chrome (rather than black) roof rails.

The Premium Package adds a panoramic glass sunroof, Keyless-Go, the ambient lighting system and the electric seat memory package. The Premium Plus Package adds the mighty Burmester surround sound system and COMAND Online. The packages cost 1,595 and 2,795 respectively.

Further options include the Driving Assistance Package (1,495 available on the Sport and AMG Line models) which incorporates the Blind Spot Assist, Distronic Plus, Lane-Keeping Assist and the Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system.

The AirMATIC Agility Package (895) allows the suspension on the C-Class Estate to self-level and be raised by 25mm when required as well as varying to allow different damping characteristics. The Air-Balance package, meanwhile, allows a fragrance to be diffused around the interior of the car via a small container found in the glovebox.