2014 Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class on Edmunds

2014 Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (FAQ)

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What Is It?
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is an all-new midsize luxury sport sedan that replaces the current C-Class which has been on sale since 2008. The 2015 Mercedes C-Class is larger, with more cargo and passenger space, yet lighter to help with fuel efficiency. Mercedes is filling out this luxury offering with a striking, ultra-high-quality interior and available adjustable suspension. Mercedes' new luxury sedan will be available with either a turbocharged four-cylinder or a V6. All-wheel drive is standard.

When Does It Go on Sale?
Expect the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class to go on sale in the fall of 2014.

How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing will be released closer to the car's on-sale date, but expect a starting price of just about $40,000.

How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will go on sale exclusively as a sedan. A coupe variant is likely to follow.

Initially, Mercedes will offer the 2015 C-Class Sedan in C300 4Matic and C400 4Matic trims.

What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
ˇ 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder, 235 horsepower, 273 pound-feet of torque
ˇ 3.0-liter, V6, 329 hp, 354 lb-ft of torque
ˇ Seven-speed automatic
ˇ Full-time all-wheel drive

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will offer optional adjustable suspension,
Pre-Safe automatic emergency braking, Active Parking Assist automated parking system that will park the car in parallel or head-in spaces, 360-degree view camera and Distronic Plus. The latter system can follow the car ahead, adjusting both throttle, brakes and steering at speeds up to 37 mph to help alleviate the annoyance of driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic and getting us one step closer to self-driving cars.

What Kind of Standard and Optional Equipment Is Offered?
The 2015 C-Class is available with numerous airbags, Collision Mitigation, Attention Assist, a 7-inch display screen and either a comfort or sport suspension. LED headlights, a high-end air filter/ionizer/fragrance releaser, Burmester stereo and a multimedia package with 8.4-inch screen are optional.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi A4: The fact that Audi is known for all-wheel drive is certainly the genesis for the C-Class' standard AWD. The C-Class has a cleaner interior with stronger engines, but lacks the Audi's two-wheel-drive and manual-transmission offerings and likely the front-drive Audi's 27-mpg combined rating (32 highway).

BMW 3 Series : The standard-bearer of the sport-luxury segment, the BMW 3 Series isn't as well-trimmed as the 2015 C-Class, but it offers more engine and powertrain options including rear-drive and manual transmissions.

Lexus IS: Fresh for 2014, the Lexus has stand-out looks and a radical interior. Lacks the refinement of the C, but has gobs of personality.

Should You Wait for It?
With the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA occupying the entry-level space in Mercedes' lineup, the 2015 C-Class is free to be the full-fledged sport-luxury car it wants to be without the entry-level price stipulation. With its all-new interior, standard all-wheel drive, better fuel economy and the promise of a more composed ride, the 2015 C-Class should be a stand-out vehicle, especially when it first hits dealer lots in fall. Unless you really want rear-drive or a manual transmission, this one feels worth waiting for.

If your heart's set on a C-Class now, however, the current generation is available in both sedan and coupe configurations, rear- or-all-wheel drive and a performance-oriented V8 model, the C63 AMG.

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