At the heart of the C 320 CDI lies the superlative 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 as used worldwide in other passenger car models and SUVs from the Mercedes catalogue.
The V6 CDI motor in the C 320 CDI expands the range of engines available for the new C-Class to four, joining the C 200 Kompressor, C 220 CDI four-cylinder turbo-diesel and C 280 V6 petrol.
The 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine produces 165kW and an impressive peak torque of 510Nm from a low 1600 and 2800 rpm.
It also features the third-generation common-rail technology, with advances such as rapid and precise piezo-injectors, as well as a maximum injection pressure of up to 1600 bar.
Although the C 320 has a kerb weight of 1700kg, it still returns an impressive fuel consumption figure of only 7.4-litres per 100km, while accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 6.9 seconds.
Comfort and agility go hand-in-hand with the standard inclusion of the Agility Control package, which features shock absorbers which adapt to road conditions for optimum comfort, or apply maximum damping forces during more spirited driving.
Hallmark Mercedes safety and quality make no exception for the C 320 CDI, with a total of eight airbags as standard, belt tensioners and belt force limiters, Neck-Pro head restraints, Brake Assist and ESP, as well as Mercedes-Benz’s PRE-SAFE anticipatory occupant protection system.
The interior features a new control and display concept which the new C-Class has adopted from the luxury-class Mercedes models. A centrally positioned colour display provides rapid access to frequently used functions, whilst steering wheel mounted controls provide access to information within the instrument cluster in the driver's direct line of sight.
Optional Audio 20 and Comand APS systems complete the infotainment package for C-Class passengers, featuring keypad for entering telephone numbers and radio frequencies, as well as a Bluetooth interface which wirelessly connects the mobile phone to the hands-free system.
The Comand APS multimedia system conveniently features an Australia/New Zealand-wide navigation system, the data of which is stored on a 30GB hard disc. The system also includes a music server with a four-gigabyte memory, an integrated 6-disc changer, a DVD-player for video and audio, and the LINGUATRONIC voice control system.
The C 320 CDI is available from a recommended retail price of $92,800 excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges.