2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class to Debut at 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz is jumping into the heart of the heated compact sport luxury sedan segment with the redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class that makes its official debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show. While the outgoing C-Class, introduced way back in 2007, is lagging behind the raft of recently updated competitors like the BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS, and Cadillac ATS, the 2015 C-Class gets bigger, more powerful, and more stylish.

The new look of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class combines styling elements from other Mercedes-Benz sedans and achieves a nice balance between the stately S-Class and the swoopy CLA- and CLS-Class models. Up front, the C-Class sedan’s nose is dominated by a prominent, rounded chrome grille which is flanked by swept-back, ovoid headlights much like the S-Class. The profile view ventures into CLA territory with sweeping character lines that taper towards each other and rise toward the stubby rear end which reins it back in for a more conservative, S-Class-like rear.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will initially be offered in two configurations for the U.S.: the C300 4Matic and the C400 4Matic. The C300 will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder making 235 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and the C400 will feature a 3.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection V-6 with 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. This streamlined powertrain lineup puts the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class right in the mix with other compact sport luxury sedans, and the C400’s turbocharged V-6 will actually be one of the most powerful six-cylinder options in this class, topping the BMW 335i’s 300 hp, the Lexus IS350’s 306 hp, and the Cadillac ATS 3.6’s 321 hp. Both engines pair with a seven-speed automatic transmission, and we would expect rear-wheel-drive C300 and C400 models to eventually join the all-wheel-drive 4Matic models. A high-powered AMG model shouldn’t be too far down the line and we expect coupe and Mercedes-Benz is jumping into the heart of the heated compact sport luxury sedan segment with the redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class that makes its official debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show. While the outgoing C-Class, introduced way back in 2007, is lagging behind the raft of recently updated competitors like the BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS, and Cadillac ATS, the 2015 C-Class gets bigger, more powerful, and more stylish. The new look of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class combines styling elements from other Mercedes-Benz sedans and achieves a nice balance between the stately S-Class and the swoopy CLA- and CLS-Class models. Up front, the C-Class sedan’s nose is dominated by a prominent, rounded chrome grille which is flanked by swept-back, ovoid headlights much like the S-Class. The profile view ventures into CLA territory with sweeping character lines that taper towards each other and rise toward the stubby rear end which reins it back in for a more conservative, S-Class-like rear. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will initially be offered in two configurations for the U.S.: the C300 4Matic and the C400 4Matic. The C300 will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder making 235 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and the C400 will feature a 3.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection V-6 with 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. This streamlined powertrain lineup puts the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class right in the mix with other compact sport luxury sedans, and the C400’s turbocharged V-6 will actually be one of the most powerful six-cylinder options in this class, topping the BMW 335i’s 300 hp, the Lexus IS350’s 306 hp, and the Cadillac ATS 3.6’s 321 hp. Both engines pair with a seven-speed automatic transmission, and we would expect rear-wheel-drive C300 and C400 models to eventually join the all-wheel-drive 4Matic models. A high-powered AMG model shouldn’t be too far down the line and we expect coupe and convertible versions of the C-Class to debut sometime next year. With the smaller, cheaper, front-wheel-drive CLA-Class now occupying the lower reaches of Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. lineup, this generation of the C-Class grows by 3.7 inches in length and wheelbase to benefit both rear seat and trunk room. Now that the C-Class doesn’t have to be Mercedes-Benz’s entry-level model on our shores, the brand can afford to move this model slightly upmarket. With this shift comes a vastly upgraded interior with a new three-spoke steering wheel and an elegant one-piece sweeping center console that flows into the nicely curved, stitched dashboard. On the technology front, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is upgraded with a host of newly available options like active safety technologies, a heads up display, and a revised COMAND infotainment system with a new rotary controller. Falling under the “Intelligent Drive” umbrella, the extensive list of active safety features includes collision avoidance and prevention, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, active parking assist, and an attention assist function that informs the driver of possible drowsiness after he or she has been driving for too long. Despite the fact that the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is larger and more packed with technology than before, Mercedes-Benz still says that the new model is approximately 220 lbs lighter thanks to use of aluminum in the body. Although the C-Class always treads on the more luxurious side of this class, the lighter weight should make for a more nimble, agile character, especially with the optional sports suspension offered with the Sport Package. Look for more official information to come about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class around its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January.convertible versions of the C-Class to debut sometime next year.

With the smaller, cheaper, front-wheel-drive CLA-Class now occupying the lower reaches of Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. lineup, this generation of the C-Class grows by 3.7 inches in length and wheelbase to benefit both rear seat and trunk room. Now that the C-Class doesn’t have to be Mercedes-Benz’s entry-level model on our shores, the brand can afford to move this model slightly upmarket. With this shift comes a vastly upgraded interior with a new three-spoke steering wheel and an elegant one-piece sweeping center console that flows into the nicely curved, stitched dashboard.

On the technology front, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is upgraded with a host of newly available options like active safety technologies, a heads up display, and a revised COMAND infotainment system with a new rotary controller. Falling under the “Intelligent Drive” umbrella, the extensive list of active safety features includes collision avoidance and prevention, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, active parking assist, and an attention assist function that informs the driver of possible drowsiness after he or she has been driving for too long.

Despite the fact that the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is larger and more packed with technology than before, Mercedes-Benz still says that the new model is approximately 220 lbs lighter thanks to use of aluminum in the body. Although the C-Class always treads on the more luxurious side of this class, the lighter weight should make for a more nimble, agile character, especially with the optional sports suspension offered with the Sport Package.

Look for more official information to come about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class around its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January.

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Rod Munch
Oh I know what happened - Mercedes hired all the people that got fired from Pontiac - except Pontiac was actually making better looking cars than this when it died.
Rod Munch
It looks like Hyundai ripped off Mercedes, then Mercedes ripped off the ripped off Hyundai design. In other words it looks cheap and unbecoming of Mercedes. Have some pride.
BMW guy from SMF
I like this look, it is in keeping with the MB style updates on all series over the past few years.  The looks won't be for everyone, but that is ok - MB is not for everyone anyway - besides, just wait a couple of years for all of the KOREANS to begin copying the design cues (as they always do) and for those of you who do not like this look, sorry but your future is already made (if you like Kia or Hyundai).Comments on the three star not being on the hood - due to European pedestrian safety design, the star could and did impale pedestrians when a wayward MB might run into people on crowded UK/Euro city streets.The screen being seen as an add-on, I doubt that is the case as all cars today are moving toward having the screen front and center. I like it as it keeps the dash board styling very nice without the huge hump you would have to have on a smaller car - it makes sense and looks great.  It is far easier to design in a large screen in an E or S class as the car is just bigger to begin with ...
billytbones
It's a 2015 model and the screen looks like a stuck-on afterthought. Ridiculous and ugly.
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UR great pictures cant make u my favourite car :-p
TheClassicCarFactory
This stunning MINI-S Class is going to steal a ton of sales away from BMW and unfortunately for Mercedes, its own E Class.....I hope they offer some models with the traditional grille and 3 pointed star hood ornament......
Carl F Stelman
Cars sort of look alike...rectangular,4 wheels,steering wheel,window,a color....like people,,,2 arms,2 legs,head,eyes,tal or short,fat or thin.
Achyuthan Menon
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Christodoulos Mouyias
Finally there's some curves on it! Overall very well designed. Thumbs up!!
Kyree S. Williams
I think this shrunken S-Class looks a little clumsier than the cheaper CLA-Class. Aside from the IS, everything else in this class (A4, ATS, Q50, and especially 3-Series and S60) looks more cohesive. What's more, this C-Class lacks the sleek-profile boilerplate of a sports sedan. I understand if it's more practical and classic, but the C-Class has always been a little too upright for its own good. You'd think, though, that they'd have learned from the previous two generations...
Kyree S. Williams
To be exact, circa late 2001, when the controversial E65 7-Series debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show...
John Koch
It's a car I'd consider, but without an oil-burner option, I'm forced to look at Audi's TDI-optioned models. Dumb move, MBUSA!
Biju Varughese
I want one, mini s Class
John Koch
Also, why no diesel option? They're missing the boat with the limited powertrain choices!
John Koch
Looks like the CLS, which looks like a CLA, which looks like an S-Class, which looks like an E-Class, which looks like a C-Class. And return to the beginning...Audi's done the same "cloning" of their sedan line-up. The rear badges are the only way to ID the cars! Very TEDIOUS and unimaginative.
Baron Doss
Looks like the CLA.
Paul Bumann
Why oh why must the US' only C class offerings are in 4 Matic only? Not cool MB....
Craig Wentz
FAIL. Too much going on. It looks like a car that has been out for years and is due for a makeover. Also, the rear lights look like they are stolen from the last generation ML.
Nicolaus Le Compte
Its similar to rest of the line but beautiful nonetheless.
Darren Songfreid
The design of the C Class has always mimicked the larger S Class.
Fan David
too aggressive design. too many lines. back to the drawing board.
Craig Jackson
Plasticky interiors. Sit in one of these then try a Lexus or Acura. Mercedes are WAY off.
Kevin Hong-Joon Im
Looks smaller than previous gen. Resembles cla
Razan Ahmad
brutal Adam Christian
David Pettit
It's a pretty car. But I think there is a lack of imagination and creativity when manufacturers have most cars in its lineup looks like the other. Merc is often a big offender with their sedans.
Frank Samara
While I'm not the biggest fan of it, I will say that at least Benz is carrying a consistent brand style across all of their models now. They had lost their distinctiveness quite a long time ago and now seem to be bringing it back.
Truc Mai
Nice. CLA nose. S class rear.
Robynn Williams
Look like a mix between new S class body and Current E front.
Ndeh Bubu Raffi
Awesome...
Alexander Stewart
Nice
Stephen Abbott
Did they hire Bangle? Looks Banglized - a BMW ca. 2001.
Kyle P. Silvers
Was not impressed with the W204
Robert May
Pretty nice. Looks like a new E-class up front, and a new S-class in the back.
Akshay Chalana
I like it!
Bill Flintrop
The design of all Mercedes' are starting to look the same.
Adam Bizon
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