Will the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class be able to compete with the BMW 3 Series?

3-Series | September 27th, 2014 by 4
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The all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is just launching on the U.S. market and many people are wondering if the Stuttgart-based wizards have managed to create a …

The all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is just launching on the U.S. market and many people are wondering if the Stuttgart-based wizards have managed to create a sporty car to compete with the BMW 3 Series.

Historically, the C-Class has always be considered more of a luxurious car than a sports sedan or coupe. The compact Mercedes was previously targeting a 45+ year old demographic but now, Benz has different plans.

Mercedes-Benz’s design boss Gorden Wagener is overseeing a major change in the company’s design philosophy in order to attract a younger buyer demographic and conquest sales from other brands. The company is targeting this version at the 35-45 year-old demographic. Fifty percent of the current C-Class buyers are said to be new to the brand.

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The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class made its European debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Sporting a new design, resembling a smaller S-Class, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is now slightly larger, more luxurious, and delivers an impressive interior design.

READ: BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – The Best Design Awards Goes To…

The W205 codenamed car sports high strength steel with a high percentage of aluminum body panels, allowing for a weight loss of 220 pounds. Learning from the sportier models, the new C-Class features a four-link front suspension design intended for improved grip and sharper turning. If that’s not enough to compete with the “Ultimate Driving Machine”, then buyers have the option to add a sport suspension which reduces the ride height by 0.6 inches.

In the U.S., the new C-Class will be available from September 2014 with two gasoline powertrains: the C 300 4MATIC with a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection in-line four-cylinder engine producing 235 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque and a C 400 4MATIC with a 3.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection V6 churning out 329 hp and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque.

The C300 and C400 come standard with a seven speed automatic.

To compete with BMWs in all niches, a C-Class hatchback is also said to arrive in the future to take on the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

All recent comparison test drives show the C-Class and the 3 Series Sedan are closer than ever when comparing them from all angles, so the final purchasing choice might come to personal preference.

 

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4 responses to “Will the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class be able to compete with the BMW 3 Series?”

  1. jason bourne says:

    The back end of the MB looks like a dog squatting just before it drops its load.

    • theseanofsydney says:

      Agree, I like your image your mental image discription,

      I’ve loved the front for a long time, UNTIL this one, but have always hated the rear, yes with passion.

  2. W0ut says:

    In EU emission standards and diesel engines are important. No BMW can match the C300 Hybrid. >230bhp with only 99co2. Closest 3 series is the 320d with 218bhp and 134co2. As a current 3 series owner I’m thinking about replacing it with a MB C300 hybrid. It saves me +-1000 euro a year in taxes.

    • theseanofsydney says:

      Ha I’ve the 340i R58 and care about POWER not Trees per revolution :)
      Gone from 5.7-60-6.2-6.2L Run of V8’s to a i6 so a little more green compared :)

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