The new generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been officially unveiled as the model is now coming with a completely new design, new technologies and new engines under its hood.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is getting ready to reach dealerships and this means that the German based automaker is officially pulling the wraps off its body ahead of a public presentation scheduled for next year. From the start, we can see the new design of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class which resembles the one of newer models added to the company’s lineup, including the small and elegant CLA, the facelifted E-Class or even the new S-Class generation.
When compared to the old car, the 2015 C-Class is 10 cm longer, standing at a total length of 469 cm, which means that it’s basically 6 cm longer than a BMW 3-Series Sedan, one of its main rivals, along with the Audi A4. The new C-Class generation is also lighter than the old car, while the design is looking unmistakably like a C-Class, despite its new exterior design. The boot is carrying the looks of the S-Class, the taillights seem to be inspired by the CLA and there is a long bonnet.
As far as the versions available go, we know that petrol models will be the C180 and the C200, while the diesels will come as the C180, C200, C220 and C250 CDIs, despite Mercedes-Benz not confirming this officially. We also expect more powerful models, including a C63 AMG variant. The cleanest diesel should be the C220, which will emit less than 100 g/km of CO2 in the company of a 6-speed manual transmission. This will also be the most economical model.
For what we know for the moment, the C180 will come with 156 HP (115 kW) and 250 Nm of torque, enough for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint made in 8.2 seconds, a 5.0L / 100 km fuel consumption and 116 g/km of CO2 emitted, the C200 will come with 184 HP (135 kW) and 300 Nm of torque, making the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 7.5 seconds, burning 5.3L / 100km of fuel and emitting 123 g/km of CO2, while the C220 BlueTEC will get 170 HP (125 kW) and 400 Nm of torque, enough for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint made in 8.1 seconds, a 4.0L / 100km fuel consumption and 103 g/km of CO2 emitted.
In the U.S., Mercedes will offer the new C-Class with 2 petrol units (at the beginning). The C300 4Matic models will have a four cylinder 235 hp and 273 lb-ft, while the C400 will come equipped with a new 3.5-liter V6 turbo that will produce 329 hp and 354 lb-ft.
A diesel combined with a hybrid module will give birth to the C300 BlueTEC HYBRID. This will come with a four-cylinder diesel engine and an electric compact motor, which is generating a total output of 204 + 27 HP, burning just 3.9 L of fuel every 100 km.
As far as the transmissions options go, the new C-Class generation will be offered with the 6-speed manual transmission, for the four-cylinder engines, while the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic will become available for other versions. There is no word yet on the upcoming 9-speed gearbox. 4MATIC AWD system will be offered on several variants of the C-Class.
The cabin of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been completely redesigned and it does seem inspired from the one of the new A-Class generation, with the circular air vents, which is the company’s signature here. The feeling of space seems increased by the automated models, the rear passengers will not get more legroom and headroom when compared to the current car, the boot space has went up by 5 liters to 480 liters, exactly the same as the new 3-Series from BMW and we also get the cleaner design for the large central console.
Mercedes-Benz is offering 6 buttons for controlling the air conditioning and the heating, along with some simple switches which will take you to the important parts of the infotainment system, while the rest of the functions are being controlled by a touch-pad and dial, which was positioned between the front seats. The pad will recognize when the driver will simply rest his hand on it or when he will be swiping letters or numbers.
All variants of the new C-Class will get a 7-inch screen and along with the Comand infotainment system, this can be “transformed” into an 8.4 inch one. A head-up display is also available.
According to the car company, the new C-Class generation is available with two different faces, the sporty one, with the centrally positioned star, which is available for the EXCLUSIVE line only, or the classic sedan radiator grille with the Mercedes-Benz star on the hood. Standard halogen H7 headlights are being offered but future customers can also order the two energy-saving LED versions. Mercedes-Benz says that the new C-Class has been aerodynamically improved too and this will reduce the fuel consumption and it will improve the CO2 emissions.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is coming with Adaptive Brake Assist, standard COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, ATTENTION ASSIST, COMAND system navigation function, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and integrated Stop & Go Pilot semi-automatic traffic jam assistant, BAS PLUS Brake Assist System, Enhanced Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Parking Assist, 360 degree camera, Traffic Sign Assist with Wrong-Way Alert, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and a lot of airbags throughout the cabin.
The new generation of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class can be already ordered from all authorized dealerships as the new C220 BlueTEC will come from 38,675 euros, the C180 will become available from 33,558 euros while for the C200, its future buyers will have to pay at least 36,414 euros. Prices are in Germany and they include the 19 percent VAT.
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