German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has now officially revealed the new 2015 C-Class on the Internet. The world debut of the car is however planned for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, next month. Mercedes-Benz has given an all new look and a more efficient engine line-up to the fourth-generation C-class, while slashing 100kg weight.
The new generation C-Class is based on the new Modular Rear-drive Architecture (MRA) platform on which the next generation GLK too will be made. Having an 80mm longer wheelbase, 100 mm more length and 40mm more width than the outgoing model, the 2015 C-Class is also bigger in dimension than its rival BMW 3 Series.
At first glance, the new model looks likes the baby S-Class with the prominent side body creases, vertical headlights and grille and upright tail lights. At sides, the new C-Class receives a long bonnet, a passenger compartment set well back and short overhangs. Large wheels further adds to the sporty quotient of the vehicle. The new C-Class has been offered with H7 halogen headlamps as standard. Other than he standard headlamps, two LED variants are available- a static system and a dynamic version with 'LED Intelligent Light System'. The rear lamps and brake light too feature LED technology in all headlamp versions.
Not just the exteriors, the car has gone through a major interior transformation as well. The new C-Class has received wraparound dashboard design and all new centre console featuring flowing lines. In automatic versions, a large one-piece centre console panel has been given that performs an elegant sweep from the centre air vents to the armrest. Also found in the cabin is a centrally positioned free-standing central display with a screen diagonal of 17.78 cm (7 inches), or 21.33 cm (8.4 inches) if COMAND Online is specified. The increased dimensions has offered 25mm more legroom to the back-seat passenger, making it an even more comfortable car than before.
Having an almost 50 percent aluminium structure, the new-Class has become 100kg lighter than the outgoing model. This has not just helped to improve fuel efficiency of the car, but the overall ride and handling and strength as well. What adds more to its sportiness and drivability is the C-Class's tuned chassis. The company claims that the stiffness has been increased by around 20 per cent.
The 2015 Mercedes C-Class' suspension is also new that provides agile handling, while offering an impressive ride comfort. A newly designed 4-link front axle plays a major role in the agile handling characteristics. The front independent suspension is now decoupled from the spring strut. Axle kinematics allow more grip and higher lateral stability. An optimised multi-link independent rear suspension with 5-link concept ensures unsurpassed wheel location qualities and supreme straight-line stability. The new C-Class gets steel suspension system with selective damping fitted as standard in 3 versions, including sports suspension lowered by 15mm in AMG models.
The new C-Class will come in four trims- Standard, Avntagarde, Exclusive and AMG, in three engine options- C 220 BlueTec (diesel), C 180 and C 200. The C 220 is a 2,143cc four-cylinder diesel unit that coupled with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission gearbox churns out a maximum power output of 167.67bhp and 400NM. The Petrol C 180 and C 200 models will sport 155bhp 1.6-litre turbo and 181bhp 1.6-litre respectively.
"Mercedes at its best - that's the new C-Class, which sets new standards for the mid-range segment on many fronts," says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "It is characterised by an emotional yet clear design which is continued in the high-quality and modern interior. Its efficient and high-performance engineering provides the basis for a high standard of driving enjoyment."
Ola Kallenius, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars, adds: "The new C-Class embodies Mercedes-Benz's claim "The best or nothing" in uncompromising style. This is immediately apparent when encountering our new Saloon for the first time, as it creates the impression that one is sitting in a higher class of automobile. I am sure that our customers will be delighted by the high-class appeal and agility of the new C-Class."
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