The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is more than just another luxury sedan. As is to be expected, it’s a luxurious and refined automobile, but is also lighter and more fuel efficient than all of the preceding C-Class models.
The new C-Class is built on the new modular rear-drive chassis architecture (MRA), which all of Mercedes-Benz’s larger models will be for the next five years. The new MRA incorporated into the 2015 Mercedes C-Class is extremely versatile. It will be able to support hybrid and electric power, 4 wheel drive, and a number of different models in varying shapes and sizes.
The C-Class has been the top-selling Mercedes-Benz model series. Sales of the preceding model, which was launched in 2007, were more than 2.4 million units worldwide. The design of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, bearing a striking resemblance to the new S-Class, will no doubt retain its position as the car maker’s best selling model series. Aerodynamics dictated the shape and styling of the exterior. Much sleeker and more aerodynamic looking than the current model, the new 2015 C-Class has a prominent grill nestled between swept back LED headlights, a sleek body, and a sloping roof line. The impression one gets looking at the silhouette of the new C-Class is that it would barely cause a ripple in the airflow of a wind tunnel.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models are expected to be available in 2015, as will a high performance AMG model. The AMG model will possibly be equipped with a 4.0L, twin-turbo-charged, V8 engine. As for the new C-Class estate wagon, it will be more stylish than it’s predecessors and is expected to be launched in March.
The interior of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is far above previous model years in terms of quality, finish and equipment. The automaker has introduce state-of-the-art technology and even greater luxury then has been seen in earlier C-Class models. The upgrades to the new C-Class pamper drivers and passengers with the same level of convenience, luxury and driving enjoyment that made the S-Class the dominant player in its class.
There are two digital TFT screens, one between the dials and a tablet display on the centre console. Both feature sharp, full colour graphics and touchpad control. The optional COMMAND online upgrade comes with a larger screen, but with the same sharp graphics, as well as an intuitive touchpad and scroll wheel. The same touch commands used with smartphones, such as swiping, pinching and tapping, control all the functions.
The longer wheelbase of the new C-Class allows for more legroom in the rear than in earlier models, and in spite of the sloping roof, there’s ample headroom. However, the swept back windows, light colour fabrics and increased legroom combine to give the feeling of a much larger interior than earlier C-Class models. The seats can be lowered 20mm more than was previously possible, and they’re reshaped for better lateral support. A new, electronic power-steering system improves high speed stability and increases driver feedback. The trunk appears much larger than earlier models too, with a capacity that looks to be about 480 litres.
Although the new chassis contributes to the 2015 C-Class’ light weight, 50% of the body now being made of aluminium reduces curb weight drastically as well. The lighter chassis and body components means that even though the new C-Class is 95mm longer and 40mm wider than its predecessor, the car is about 100kg lighter.
Mercedes-Benz claims that the more aerodynamic design and lighter weight has cut fuel consumption by 20%, with comparable improvements in emissions. The result is that the 170 hp (125 kW), C220 BlueTEC diesel sedan emits just 103 g/km of CO2, even though the car can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 8.1 seconds. Also showing impressive performance matched with improved emissions are the C180 and C200 gasoline engine models. The C180 is powered by a 156 hp (115 kW) 1.6L engine that emits just 116g/km of CO2. The C200 has a 184 hp (135 kW) 2.0L under the hood and can do 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.5 seconds while emitting less than 123 g/km of CO2.
After the new C-Class appears in showrooms in March, Mercedes-Benz will be introducing a wider selection of engine choices. One will be Renault’s cleaner running, 1.6L diesel, which will be used to bring down headline CO2 figures to below the 100 g/km barrier, and by the end of 2015 the V8 AMG version will be available as well. As with the S-Class, the C-Class will be offered in a choice of gasoline and diesel hybrids.
The US market will launch with two C-Class models. One will be the C300 4MATIC with a 2.0L turbo-charged direct-injection, in-line 4-cylinder engine that will deliver 235 hp (173 kW)and 273 lb-ft of torque. The second is the C400 4MATIC with a 3.0L turbo-charged, direct-injection V6 rated at 329 hp (242 kW) and 354 lb-ft of torque.
Another first for Mercedes-Benz is that its entire line of 2015 new C-Class models will be available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. This will place the C-Class on an equal footing with Audi’s quattro models and the lineup of BMW xDrive sedans.
Mercedes-Benz cars have always been as much about performance and handling as luxury and comfort. To this end, Mercedes-Benz has developed a state-of-the-art, front suspension system for the C-Class that borrows a great deal from the S-Class. It will offer three types of springs. All cars will come standard with steel Comfort springs, but the AMG models will get a stiffer suspension better suited to the model’s more sportscar like drive capabilities. The C-Class will also be offered with an optional AIRMATIC air springs. The AIRMATIC air springs option allows for a choice of various driving modes, as well as a self-leveling feature.
Last but not least, a new 6-speed manual transmission has also been developed for the C-Class, and there’s an optional upgraded version of a 7-speed auto.
With the launch of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class the German luxury auto maker will have introduced innovations and technology that set the standard for other luxury makes and models to reach for.