Mercedes brought out the C-Class in 1993 as a replacement for the old 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), which was recently spotted during its first winter testing. These clear images show off the luxury sedan set to be released in 2014.
The prototype caught testing was donning heavy camouflage, which makes it really hard to see any lines of the new design, but at least the roof line is clearly visible. Rumors suggest that the car’s design lines will be 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 adding a certain degree of sportiness and dynamic so that it can compete with the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series . Power for the future C-Class will come from both petrol and diesel engines, as well as a new hybrid version.
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 then 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 12/03/2013: The first details on the new Mercedes C-Class will be revealed on December 16th, while the world debut will be made in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The station wagon will arrive at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. (Mercedes Benz Passion)
Updated 06/01/2012: The next generation Mercedes C-Class has been caught testing one more time, now also revealing its interior.
Updated 7/22/2013: New spy videos of the 2015 C-Class have popped up online. You can see them after the jump.
Updated 8/28/2013: Our spy photographers managed to catch the 2015 C-Class testing again and this time they caught one out with no camouflage on its sides, giving us a good look at its sexy body lines. You can see the the newest spy shots after the jump.
Updated 10/22/2013: Although the new C-Class won’t make its official debut until the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , Mercedes decided to give us a glimpse of what the new sedan will bring on the market via its Facebook page. The company describes the C-Class interior as "crisp, clean and contemporary and bringing together high-grade materials with high-tech features." It will features a seven-inch, free-standing central display that will allow the driver to operate the head unit functions with a few simple finger gestures.
Updated 10/23/2013: Following the interior images posted on its Facebook account just yesterday, Mercedes unveiled today a new set of images for the upcoming C-Class showing us a few more details on the sedan’s interior. The car will get a completely reinterpreted center console, a head-up display that provides information on speed, speed limits, navigation instructions and messages. The new C-Class also features an intelligent and innovative lightweight construction that helps it dropping around 220 pounds from the total weight.
The 2015 C-Class was doing a little strip tease for us amongst some other Mercedes models on what looks to be a dealer’s lot or maybe a storage lot. From this uncovered side shot, you can easily see that the C-Class will borrow some of the body lines and the profile of the flagship S-Class. Sure, it is not a direct clone, but you can see the cues.
Up front, the C-Class offers no real surprises. We can see that a two-louver grille is part of the C-Class package, which leads us to assume that there will be Luxury and Sport packages available and this is the Sport one. We can also see that the headlights no longer elongate as they move outward. Rather, they will be more like the new S-Class’ headlights, which have more of an arc design.Mercedes C-Class
Mercedes released only a few shots of the interior, but they reveal a super-luxurious cabin that features a seven-inch central touch pad, a state-of-the-art heads-up system, and high-end materials. The red and black combo of the interior and the silver-accentedsteering wheel really pull it all together.Mercedes C-Class
The 2012 model year was a redesign year, so we assume the 3 Series will carry over through 2015 basically untouched. This means that the 3 Series will carry the same 320, 328 and 335 models with power ranging from 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque in the 320i to 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet or torque from the 335is.
gallery: BMW 3 Series Sedan
A newcomer to compact luxury sedans is the Cadillac ATS, which should remain relatively untouched between now and the unveiling of the 2015 C-Class. This peppy sedan starts out with a 2.5-liter four-pot engine that delivers 202 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, and caps out with the 3.6-liter V-6 that punches out 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Between those two engines is the turbocharged 2.0-liter with 272 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
gallery: Cadillac ATS
Mercedes-Benz is writing the next chapter of success with the all-new C-Class. An interior with an exciting, high-class ambience, touchpad and head-up display, the lightest bodyshell in the segment, extensive safety features, a new agile and comfortable suspension as well as GPS-sensitive air conditioning underscore the inner values of the new C-Class. Overall, its innovations and refined equipment and appointments feel like an upgrade to a higher class.
The interior design of the future C-Class comes across as clear, sensual and with a host of new unusual styling features. At the same time it exudes sportiness - but with sensual shapes and high-grade materials, thus epitomising contemporary luxury. It also meets the kind of high design expectations that now tend to be synonymous with technology such as high-end smartphones.
The most prominent new styling features include a completely reinterpreted centre console, whose progressive lines create an inviting, open sense of space, as well as a free-standing central display. High-grade materials, as well as an enthralling interplay of organic surfaces and precisely sculpted lines underscore these new aesthetics and its stylish character.
The innovative touchpad developed by Mercedes-Benz in the new C-Class also marks an important evolutionary step. As on a smartphone, all the head-unit functions can easily be operated using finger gestures. The user also receives clear, haptic feedback when operating the touchpad control surface.
Additional to the information in the central display a head-up display is also new in the C-Class. Like in a jet fighter it projects important information as a virtual image directly into the driver’s field of vision. It appears to float over the bonnet, around two metres in front of the driver, thus ensuring the driver is distracted less from the road ahead. The system provides information on speed, speed limits, navigation instructions and messages from DISTRONIC PLUS. It features a high-resolution virtual image which the driver can adjust to their preferred settings.
Intelligent lightweight construction
Less weight, excellent rigidity for superbdriving handling coupled with optimum noise and vibration characteristics as well as high crash safety - those are the outstanding characteristics of the new C-Class with its aluminium hybrid body, which makes it the "lightweight construction trailblazer" in its segment. Thanks to intelligent and innovative lightweight construction, the body and bodyshell are around 70 kg (154 lbs) lighter than conventional production using steel. The entire vehicle is around 100 kilograms (221 lbs) lighter compared with the predecessor. This weight saving significantly reduces fuel consumption to set the new standard in this segment.
Mercedes-Benz has pulled off this technological leap primarily through an entirely new design and the extensive usage of aluminium, hot-formed steel parts and ultra-high-strength steels - an unusual combination in volumeproduction vehicles. The engineers have redesigned every detail and not simply replaced steel with aluminium, but implemented a concept that is ready for series production by using the right material in the right place - the essence of intelligent lightweight construction.
At the same time the body and bodyshell have been designed to deliver exemplary crash safety. The Saloon not only meets all current national safety ratings, but also the more stringent Mercedes-Benz requirements according to "Best Real Life Safety". A high-strength safety passenger compartment made predominantly out of high- and ultra-high-strength sheet steel and specifically developed deformation zones with optimised force dissipation paths in the front end and rear made out of an aluminium hybrid structure and an exterior skin that is made virtually entirely of aluminium allow these requirements to be met.
Suspension - agile and yet comfortable
The new C-Class comes across as light-footed and agile, delivering a high level of driving pleasure on winding roads coupled with superb ride comfort in its segment. A newly designed 4-link front axle, which provides excellent axle kinematics, makes a major contribution in this respect.
The new C-Class Saloon is fitted as standard with a steel suspension. Alternatively, it is the first vehicle in this segment that can be fitted with an air suspension (AIRMATIC) on the front and rear axles. Thanks to electronically controlled, continuous variable damping, it offers outstanding road roar and tyre vibration characteristics and the choice of different damper characteristics.
New safety features and assistance systems
The sensor for the new front passenger airbag in the future C-Class can detect every child seat installed. Then the airbag is automatically deactivated. After removing the child seat the airbag is activated again. The new C-Class also incorporates many of the new assistance systems or existing assistance systems with a range of enhanced functions, which celebrated their world premiere in the S-Class only a few months ago: Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive.
The new C-Class is the only vehicle in the segment to offer an air condition system including automatic air recirculation with tunnel detection using satellite navigation. The AIR-BALANCE package with active fragrancing and ionisation, which celebrated its world premiere in the S-Class, also adds to the feel-good atmosphere.