Mercedes-Benz has released a teaser video for an unnamed upcoming model, and we think it’s the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Based on the fleeting shots of the car in the video, it looks like the C-Class will be making a move upmarket in order to give the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class more room at the bottom of the Mercedes lineup.
We’ve spied the sedan version of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class with a minimal amount of camouflage, and the quick front end shot in the video confirms the S-Class inspired styling. The headlights have a similar shape as Mercedes-Benz’s flagship, and the C-Class appears to have a longer hood as well. From the side, the C-Class looks to adopt more distinctive, flowing character lines that more closely imitate the CLA- and CLS-Class sedans.
This video also hints at major changes for the interior, the biggest of which could be a new version of Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND infotainment system. In the video, there is a brief glimpse of what appears to be a new multimedia controller, with a circular wheel and a larger knob that could be a mouse-like controller. Other hints provided by the video include a shot of stitched red leather seats and the speak grille of a Burmeister premium audio system just like the one featured on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Our European correspondent Georg Kacher also learned earlier this year that the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will go on a diet, shedding approximately 220 lbs of weight thanks to extensive use of aluminum in various body panels. Kacher also suggested that the new C-Class may feature an iPad-size display in the center stack to go with this new version of COMAND, making for a simpler, modern dashboard design.
The next Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be produced in the U.S. for the first time at Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant. Production will begin in 2014, and we expect the C-Class to debut at the Detroit auto show in January 2014. A turbocharged four-cylinder will most likely be the base engine, along with a twin-turbo V-6 and a possible four-cylinder diesel option. Coupe and convertible versions should follow soon after the sedan, along with an AMG performance model and possible hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.