The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was unveiled today. The W205 C-Class will compete with the BMW 3 Series F30, Audi A4 and Lexus IS. The brand sold 2.4 million units of the previous model and they have high expectations for the even more refined W205 model.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a more upscale and refined big brother to the entry-level CLA, and with design lines close to the S-Class.
In the new design language all the design elements are integrated. Each line flows into another to make the cars feel modern and clean but also more sculptural. The new design features a line that begins within the headlight and drops as it crosses the body toward the rear, and continues all the way towards the rear taillight wrapping around the vehicle.
The new Mercedes C-Class can also be ordered with a central star in the grille, and then receives a significantly younger-looking package.
Inside the new C-Class gets a complete makeover. The new cabin is more inviting and reflects the design of the exterior. The central console is dominated by a large screen. Rather than a touchscreen, the entire system is operated by a touchpad placed where the driver would typically find a shift knob.
It also offers a Head-Up Display, plus numerous security systems and electronic assistants, full-LED headlights and the first air suspension in the premium midsize.
More aluminum and high-strength steels make the new generation up to 100 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, although the rigidity of the body has been increased and the sedan is nearly ten centimeters longer. At just 4.69 meters, the C-Class is about six centimeters longer than the 3 Series.
Base C300 4Matic models in the U.S. will have a 2.0-liter turbo four developing 235 hp and 273 lb-ft. The C400 4Matic will have a 3.5-liter turbo V6 with 329 hp and 354 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to a standard seven-speed automatic gearbox.
In Germany, the new Mercedes C180 with 156-hp gasoline engine starts at 33,558 euros. The second model available at market launch, Mercedes C200 with 184 hp, has a starting price of 36,414 euros. The C220 BlueTec diesel launches with a base price of 38,675 euros.
As always, we put together a photo comparison between the two contenders.
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