This is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
New Mercedes C300 and C400 sedans channel big-brother S-Class.
The car, codenamed W205, is set to reach North American showrooms in September 2014. The BMW 3-Series/Audi A4-rivaling four-door has been re-engineered with a new high-strength steel platform and mostly aluminum body claimed to make it 220 pounds lighter than today's third-generation C-Class. Some 2.7 million of those have been produced since its 2007 launch, even as it grew bigger and then boasted some more equipment.
The weight reduction is claimed to cut fuel consumption up to 20 percent without any performance loss, while at the same time providing a lower center of gravity for better handling.
We haven't seen the new car in person yet, but it sure looks pretty in pictures. It reflects design developments in recent Benzes and has a more dynamic appearance than the car it replaces.
There are clear S-Class hints in the bold front end, surface treatment, body side feature lines and gently sloping rear. Buyers in the U.S. will get to choose between a traditional grille and a more modern soft-nose treatment.
The new look is meant to appeal to younger customers, as is a more vibrant and contemporary interior and a range of infotainment and multimedia features. These include an optional head-up display, Burmester sound system, various apps and Internet connectivity.
Length on the new C-Class sedan increases 3.7 inches to 184.5 inches, and width extends 1.6 inches to 71.2 inches. A 3.1-inch-longer wheelbase, at 111.8 inches, results in what Mercedes says is improved packaging and greater interior space front and rear.
Trunk capacity has improved slightly to 16.9 cubic feet. Mercedes says the car will have the lowest wind-noise levels in the midsize luxury class, adding it also has class-leading aerodynamics with a 0.24 coefficient of drag.
Base C300 4Matic models in the U.S. will have a 2.0-liter turbo four developing 235 hp and 273 lb-ft. The C400 4Matic will have a 3.5-liter turbo V6 with 329 hp and 354 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to a standard seven-speed automatic gearbox.
As the names suggest, both launch models will initially come with 4Matic all-wheel drive standard. Rear-wheel drive is planned to be offered in March 2015.
Alongside the sedan, the new C-Class will be produced in four more body styles, according to Benz. There will be a wagon and a new five-door liftback to compete with the Audi A5 and BMW 3-Series GT (by the way, the former is not for us, and the latter is waiting for a U.S. green light). Also expect a new C-Class coupe and convertible — the convertible tentatively scheduled for 2016.
The fourth-generation C-Class will also spawn the second-generation GLK, planned to go on sale here in 2015.
By the end of 2014, Mercedes will also launch a successor to the mighty C63 AMG. It ditches the existing model's naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 for a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 also planned to be under the hood of Benz's new GT car.
In a first for midsize luxury sedans, the new C will come with the choice of either standard steel suspension or optional Airmatic air suspension. The air suspension will have automatic self-leveling for improved high-speed stability and added towing ability. The suspension has been revised, with the front end receiving a new wishbone arrangement and new electro-mechanical steering system.
Being a Mercedes, there is no shortage of safety stuff. Standard equipment includes Distronic Plus, a radar-based semi-automatic system allowing the new C-Class to follow the vehicle ahead. Brake Assist Plus is also standard; it is a camera-based system that detects stationary vehicles and pedestrians, and provides automatic braking if the driver fails to react. Together with traditional airbags, the new car offers so-called pelvisbags for the driver and front passenger, a driver-side kneebag, and new windowbags and sidebags for the rear-seat passengers.
All C-Class sedans for the U.S. market will hail from Mercedes' plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where it will be assembled alongside the ML, GL and upcoming GLK. Future coupes and convertibles will be produced at a Mercedes factory in Bremen, Germany.
Pricing will be announced closer to launch, but our spies tell us it will start right around $38,000.
Must-See on MSN
my experience with mercedes has not been too great. they are off my list. Like someone said before me. There is always one thing or the other, even within the warranty period. At that time they take care of it, minmize the thing and dont really tell you what went wrong. After warranty, thats another story. But i dont have time to sit at the dealership all the time.
most dealers are crooks...there are exceptions. They want the profile of people that drop their cars off, come back, sign the line without reading the amount, and dont talk back. If you have that kind of money, time and personality, mercedes is for you. But thats how i see anyone who is driving that car. By the way, i still have to sell my car and the money i am getting is pretty ridiculous.
"Length on the new C-Class sedan increases 3.7 inches to 184.5 inches, and width extends 1.6 inches to 71.2 inches"
Length extends while width increases, Mr. Kable.
C Class are for the classless. they are dirty cheap. even out of jobs morons
are now leaseing or buying them.. they are a dime a dozen. every freakin used
dealer has dozens of them for sale. it was 4 yrs ago when they flooded the market.