Mercedes-Benz will maintain a bit of breathing room between its entry-level CLA-Class sedan and the redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The C-Class will now start at $39,325 including destination fees, representing a significant $2600 price bump compared to the outgoing 2014 C250 sport sedan. For context, the CLA250 starts at $30,825 with destination.
Fully overhauled for this year, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets a new range of turbocharged engines, bringing it in line with modern performance and efficiency expectations. The base-model Mercedes-Benz C300 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbo-four that delivers its 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels.
This rear-wheel-drive C300 model is the most affordable of the bunch, but it will not debut until the first quarter of 2015. Right out of the gate we’ll see the all-wheel-drive C300 4Matic ($41,325), which has the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder; and the C400 4Matic ($49,515), which churns out 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque from its new 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine.
All of these prices are up from last year’s C-Class, as the outgoing 2014 C300 4Matic cost $1000 less, and the 2014 rear-drive-only C350 cost $6490 less than the 2015 C400 4Matic. However, more so than in the past, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with a substantial list of standard equipment. All C-Class models now come with a Comand media system with a 7-inch display, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, USB and Bluetooth connectivity with hands-free functionality, rain-sensing wipers, and selectable driving modes. MB-Tex leatherette comes standard as well.
Safety is a big focus with the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and it includes three new technologies as standard: Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe. Collision Prevention Assist automatically engages the brakes to prevent or mitigate the effects of a collision, Attention Assist alerts a driver who is potentially overtired or inattentive, and Pre- Safe provides supplementary braking force to prevent collisions with pedestrians and other vehicles. $2800 will buy the full Driver Assistance Package, factoring in blind spot assist, lane-keep assist, steering assist, and cross-traffic alert.
The $2700 Premium Package for C300 models adds LED headlights, satellite radio, a premium Burmeister sound system, and heated front seats; all of this equipment is included as standard in the C400 4Matic model. State-of-the-art lighting can be added to any C-Class model for $800, incorporating adaptive high-beams and dynamic LED headlamps. For the latest in infotainment, the $2690 Multimedia Package (only available with the Premium Package) adds voice-operated navigation, 3D maps, a larger 8.4-inch display, and 10GB of storage. C300 buyers with sportier tastes can opt for the $2500 Sport Package, which tacks on 18-inch AMG wheels (19-inchers are an additional fee), sport suspension, AMG styling, sport seats, perforated front brake discs, and aluminum pedals. All C400 models can be equipped with these sport upgrades as standard. Lastly, an Airmatic adjustable air suspension will cost $1190 for all models.
Given the exceptional new interior, more powerful and efficient engines, and new safety tech, it’s no surprise that the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a bigger price tag. To put it in perspective, a comparable, 2015 BMW 328i costs $38,350 with rear-wheel drive, while the 328i xDrive costs $40,350—both models around $1000 cheaper than the C300 and C300 4Matic.
Look for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class to hit showrooms this September, with the rear-wheel-drive C300 to follow in early 2015. Down the road look for a plug-in hybrid version of this luxury sedan, as well as a sporty new C63 AMG to compete with the BMW M3.