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

December 16, 2013
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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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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

C300 RWD 4-Dr Sedan I4
starting at (MSRP)
$38,400
Engine
2.0L I4
Fuel Economy
25 City 34 Hwy
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class