The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is slated to be revealed next year, but a new interview has given us a clearer idea on what to expect from the next C-Class range. Expect the small Mercedes to more closely mirror the plethora of variants offered by the BMW 3 Series in the future with the addition of a convertible, a diesel, and a hybrid.
Automotive News is reporting that the German automaker will also add a convertible version of the C-Class in early 2015; a coupe version was added in 2011. Speaking with Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon, AN says that the 2015 C-Class sedan (codenamed W205) will go on sale next August, after a debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show. A new coupe will go on sale around the same time as the convertible. With the addition of the droptop, Mercedes will now globally offer sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible variants of the C-Class – just as BMW does with its 3 Series.
The W205 C-Class has also been confirmed to be built at Mercedes' plant in Alabama, alongside the ML- and GL-Class SUVs and the now-China-only R-Class.
We've previously spied the 2015 C-Class out testing – the car will grow is size to better fill the gap between the larger E-Class and the new, smaller CLA-class. While we've only seen cars in various states of camouflage, we can report that the new C-Class will gain a more upright nose, arcing greenhouse, and short trunk.
Cannon also confirmed some powertrain details to AN, as well: the 2.0-liter turbo-four being produced by Nissan will be offered in the C-Class and that diesel, hybrid, and 4Matic all-wheel drive models are also in the cards. We've previously reported that it's expected for the 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel from the upcoming GLK250 BlueTec will probably make its way into the C-Class. No word yet on what the hybrid variant may be, but there have been past rumors of a plug-in hybrid setup.
We were not able to reach Mercedes-Benz for comment at time of the publication.
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