Mercedes Benz has introduced the all-new and improved C-Class, a car that promises to be another success story by setting new standards in the premium mid-size class.
The C-Class is the top-selling model series from Mercedes-Benz. Sales of the preceding model, which was launched in 2007, total over 2.4 million worldwide. The new C-Class offers a clear design and a host of technical innovations as well as a comprehensive scope of standard equipment and exemplary emission and fuel consumption values. The U.S. market launches with two C-Class models:
-C300 4MATIC with a 2.0L turbocharged direct-injection in-line four-cylinder engine delivering 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque
-C400 4MATIC with a 3.0L bi-turbo direct-injection V6 producing 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.
A rear-wheel drive version of the C300 will be launched in the first quarter of 2015.
With a 3 inch increase in the wheelbase (112 inches) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 3.7 inches longer (184 inches) and 1.6 inches wider (71 inches). The additional space benefits first and foremost the rear passengers, The new C-Class also increases its trunk capacity to 17 cubic feet.
World-class Mercedes Benz C-Class interior
If you like to look at Mercedes Benz pictures, you’ll notice that designers have styled the interior on a level which is rarely encountered even in higher vehicle categories. The driver and front passenger enjoy plenty of space and luxury in a discreet, modern guise on board the new C-Class. This gives rise to a feel-good atmosphere which is new to this class of vehicle – settling into your seat in the C-Class is akin to the uplifting feeling of being upgraded from economy to business class on an airplane.
A large one-piece center console panel performs an elegant sweep from the center air vents to the armrest. These seamless clear-cut lines create a sense of open space and convey a thrillingly purist and modern feel.
A centrally positioned free-standing central display is the main eye-catching feature across the center console – with a screen diagonal of 7 inches or 8.4 inches if Multimedia Package with the COMAND Infotainment System is selected.
A heads-up display is also new to the C-Class. Like in a jet fighter, it displays important information directly in the driver’s field of vision on the front windscreen, thus providing for clear legibility and ensuring that the driver is distracted less from the road ahead. The system provides information on vehicle speed, speed limits and navigation instructions and displays messages from DISTRONIC PLUS.
Optimized drive train
Smooth automatic gear shifting is provided by the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, which has undergone further development at Mercedes-Benz in the interests of enhanced environment-friendliness and driving pleasure. The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive system serves to improve traction and driving stability in the C-Class, too, while additionally underscoring the vehicle’s refined sportiness.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan & GLA Pricing & Launch Timing:
2015 C300 – $38,400, Q1 2015
2015 C300 4MATIC – $40,400, August 25, 2014
2015 C400 4MATIC – $48,590, August 25, 2014
2015 GLA250 – $31,300, Q1 2015
2015 GLA250 4MATIC – $33,300, September 2014
2015 GLA45 AMG – $48,300, September 2014