The next generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is just around the corner, and our spy photographers recently caught the new compact luxury sedan with minimal camouflage that shows off the profile of the new C-Class.
The lines of the Mercedes C-Class are clearly inspired by the new CLA-Class sedan, which will slot in below the C-Class as Mercedes’ entry-level model and is known as a “baby CLS.” Two distinct character lines on the C-Class taper together towards the rear just like on the CLA-Class, although the C-Class sedan does appear to have a slightly more upright greenhouse. In what we can see of the front and rear fascia, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class looks a lot like the newest version of Mercedes’ S-Class flagship sedan, with very similar headlight and taillight designs and relatively short overhangs front and rear.
The overall shape displays long hood, short rear deck proportions that make the new C-Class look larger and more upscale than the current car, unsurprising considering that the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will likely move up slightly in size and amenities to better split the difference between the new CLA-Class at the bottom of the lineup and the E-Class in the middle. Despite the larger size, though, we expect the new C-Class to lose weight over the current model thanks to Mercedes’ plan to use aluminum for major body parts like the doors, hood, fenders, and roof.
The redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will go into battle against the BMW 3-Series, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, and Audi A4 in the entry-level luxury sedan segment. In terms of powertrains, we should see a turbocharged four-cylinder as the base engine, along with a twin-turbo V-6 and a possible four-cylinder turbodiesel. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants are possible for the future too, and an AMG high-performance model should return as well, along with coupe and convertible versions which could revive the CLK nameplate.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which will be built in the U.S. at Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant, should debut at the Detroit auto show in January 2014.