Mercedes brought out the C-Class in 1993 as a replacement for the 190E, and since then, it has sprouted three generations and has become the most important model in the company’s lineup. To keep the momentum going, Mercedes is working on the fourth-generation C-Class (internally called the BR205), and, after testing it for months, the company released today the first official details on the new model.
The car’s design lines are inspired by the F800 Concept Car displayed in Geneva two years ago, with a more marked front grille. This will obviously change the look of the C-Class, but won’t change it so severely as to present a completely new design.
Mercedes is set on keeping the essence of the model, but it added a certain degree of sportiness and dynamic so that it can compete with the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series .
The Mercedes C-Class Sedan will arrive in 2014 and six months later, it will be followed by a station wagon version. Approximately one year after that, the company will unveil the coupe and convertible versions as well.
For the U.S. market, the C-Class will be built in the Alabama plant alongside the GL-Class and ML-Class .
Updated 12/16/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images, video and specs.
Updated 02/05/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new video in which it explains the progressive and emotional design featured in the new generation C-Class. Enjoy!
Updated 07/29/2014: Mercedes released prices for the 2015 C-Class which will be put on sale in September. Prices will range from $38,400 for the base C300 up to $48,590 for the C400 4MATIC version.
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