The upcoming, completely redesigned 2015 C-Class is very exciting for Mercedes-Benz . The C-class has always played second fiddle to other offerings in the class, such as the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. This will all change for 2015, as the C-class has been upgraded, re-imagined, and will finally be class-competitive, or even class-leading. Attach an "AMG" label to any Mercedes product and the excitement increases tenfold. We now have information on a new AMG wagon variant to be released sometime in 2015 in Europe. Unfortunately, the C-Class Estate AMG Line is not a go-fast AMG; it is just a looks-fast model.
Europeans love station wagons , and why not? They combine versatility and practicality with nearly identical performance and driving dynamics as their sedan counterparts. America is less receptive to them, unfortunately, so it is unlikely we will receive this AMG-touched C-Class. We can hope, however, and nevertheless it is exciting to learn all about this new model.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate AMG Line.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate AMG Line in detail
Notable AMG styling upgrades include a sporty front apron, with rather large, striking air inlets on the sides.
Just look at this thing — the car is absolutely stunning. While the new C-Class is already a handsome, modern design, the AMG tweaks take it to completely new heights. Notable AMG styling upgrades include a sporty front apron, with rather large, striking air inlets on the sides. The grille, featuring a large Mercedes-Benz emblem, has two attractive louvers in a silver-matte finish with chrome inserts. Expect LED headlights with the latest adaptive technology. The side of the car also enjoys aluminum window-surround trim, as well as integrated aluminum roof rails.
Attractive side-skirts give the car a lower appearance, while gorgeous 18-inch, light-alloy, five-spoke AMG rims showcase upgraded, perforated brake rotors and larger brake calipers with "Mercedes-Benz" printed on them. The suspension and steering systems receive additional work by way of a 15-mm (0.59-inch) lower ride and a Sports Direct-Steer system.
Out back things are aggressive as well, with shiny dual-exhaust outlets integrated into the rear bumper, which also features a diffuser. The taillights integrate nicely into the design, and an attractive chrome strip adorns the area directly above the license plate. While not quite as dramatic as the front and sides, nevertheless it works well and integrates nicely with the rest of the car.
No official interior details have been released yet, but expect plenty of carbon-fiber trim and upgraded leather with special AMG seats. Also, look for the latest COMMAND user-interface technology included. The new C-class interior in general has been universally praised as the best in the business, with the new, S-class-like circular vents and modern, flowing design. Look for nothing less in the AMG Line version pictured here.
The C-Class Estate is available with several different powertrain options, so we would expect the AMG Line — given it is simply an add-on package — to be available with the same engine lineup, though this is not yet confirmed. The C200 begins the lineup with a 184-horsepower, gasoline-powered inline-four. While that horsepower rating doesn’t exactly set the world on fire, it should get the job done well enough with a projected 0-to-60 time of 7.7 seconds.
Next up is the C220 BlueTEC, sporting a 2.2-liter, turbocharged, inline-four diesel with 170 horsepower and an impressive 295 foot-pounds of torque. This diesel offering is projected to do the 0-to-60 dance in only 7.9 seconds, which is very close to its gasoline counterpart.
Rumored to carry the C400 moniker, the most powerful C-Class Estate this side of the full-AMG package will be powered by the company’s new, 328-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6. Performance should be blistering, with 0-to-60 times in the mid-five-second range. Fuel economy, on the other hand, will be much worse than the smaller engines.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect a premium over the standard C-Class.
A well-equipped 2015 C-Class sedan will cost us around $50,000 here, so expect around €37,000 Euro as a rough estimate. As is the norm with German cars, prices will rise quickly with additional options.
It’s wishful thinking to expect the U.S. to receive this stunning wagon, and unfortunate that it probably won’t be exported here. At least we still have the E-Class wagon, though.