By on December 17, 2013

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Though the CLA has enough fans to merit a warning about supply shortages until after June of 2014, Mercedes-Benz still knows the C-Class is its bread and butter. As such, the automaker has unveiled their latest and greatest generation of the former “baby Benz” to the world.

The new C-Class is larger than the outgoing generation — adding 3 inches to the wheelbase, 3.7 inches in overall length, 1.6 inches in overall width, and a total of 17 cubic feet of trunk space — but is also 220 pounds lighter thanks to its hybrid aluminium body and other weight-saving tech. The sedan’s new nature-inspired styling provides a lower drag co-efficient and quieter interior.

In the United States, the C-Class will arrive in two models: The C300 4MATIC — powered by a 2-liter directly injected turbo-four pushing 235 horses and 273 pounds of torque through all four wheels — and the C400 4MATIC — powered by a 3-liter turbo V6 churning out 329 ponies and 354 pounds of stump-pulling power. Directing the power will be the automaker’s 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission.

As far as technology is concerned, the CLA leesees will miss out on goodies such as the AIRMATIC air suspension — a first for the segment — which allows drivers to adjust their ride and handling through four presets and one personalized setting, adaptive braking, collision detection/prevention, lane-keeping, even attention assistance to keep you awake on long drives.

No price has been announced as of this time, though speculation states an announcement could occur as early as the upcoming Detroit Auto Show next month.

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62 Comments on “Mercedes Unveils Grown Up 2015 C-Class...”


  • avatar
    AMC_CJ

    Wow, that looks…… hideous. Mercedes always seemed like the classy ones of the German cars. That car barely has a trunk, way too many lines going on the side there; that thing is going to looked so dated 3 years from now. Then there are the engines; The 300 has a 2 liter engine, and the 400 has a 3 liter engine. What?

    BMW’s are ugly. I’ve never been a big fan on how they look, and don’t get me going on the tidbits underneath that hideous sheet metal. Audi’s always looked pretty good, but are utter garbage like their plebian VW underpinnings. But Mercedes, good ol’ Mercedes. Clean, conservative, reserved…. no more. Now they’ve become the stuff of easy credit new-money garbage.

    I don’t understand why sporty must equate luxury. I don’t want a sporty car, I don’t want a “driver’s” car. If I’m spending $40k on a sedan with a big brand name hanging off the grill, I want something with class. That day will come and I’m going to buy that car. The ultimate luxury car, one oozing classiness, quality, and whose style will stand the test of time; a bone stock and mint condition 1964 Imperial.

    • 0 avatar
      WhiskerDaVinci

      I’ve never really been a big fan of the C-Klasse but I’m not particularly offended by this. I’ll have to wait to see it in person before forming any real opinions on it though. I’ll admit I’m rather fond of the interior, specifically how Merc is using grained wood instead of burl. The use of what could be aluminum on the window switches and other bits is also a nice quality touch. Although I’m obviously unsure if Mercedes is actually using metal for those pieces, I’m hopeful it’s real.

      MB seems to be improving quality, both in materials and build more than before. It’s nice to see that they realized they let quality dip too far and had to start improving in those arenas again. I could be wrong, but all of my recent encounters with new Mercs have indicated vast improvements over previous models. Hopefully they actually stick to it and don’t let it drop as far down as it had previously.

    • 0 avatar

      Exterior looks good, but I’m not a fan of the interior. The seats are so aggresively bolstered they should only be in sport models and the LCD display looks like a cheap suction cupped add-on.

      • 0 avatar
        hreardon

        I think Merc really did a nice job with this car. Very handsome. That said – WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THE TACK ON LCD ON THE DASH? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MERCEDES!

      • 0 avatar
        WhiskerDaVinci

        You’re absolutely right. I don’t at all understand that Tom Tom inspired screen. It should look built in and permanent, not tacked on easily removed. That’s my biggest complaint with Mercedes interiors these days.

    • 0 avatar
      jmo

      What do you consider a great car and why?

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        He noted the ’64 Imperial.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          I’d note the ’64 Imperial too, honestly!

          • 0 avatar
            Lorenzo

            I owned one. 7 mpg. Bat out of Hades in the straight. Not so hot in the twisties. Back seat big enough for an orgy (I’m being theoretical here). Serene ride. Need two parking spaces or park with the RVs. Enough foot space to drive while wearing ski boots. Kids threw snowballs at Fords, but just watched the Imperial go by. I owned it when gas was 32 cents per gallon. Sigh.

    • 0 avatar
      hubcap

      We all know looks are subjective. I like it, especially compared to the current gen. I also agree that the tacked on “ipad” needs to be rethought but overall this car looks like it will increase MB reach in the market.

    • 0 avatar
      darkwing

      Mercedes will happily sell you a car like that (several, actually); you’re just going to have to plunk down $100K+ for the privilege.

      Sounds like your problem is more one of champagne taste on a beer budget.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      @AMC_CJ

      Well, it sounds like the local Lexus dealer has just the car for you!

      There is nothing particularly sporting about a base Mercedes – they just drive like a Mercedes, which is to say extremely competently, but not in any way sporting. Even the “sporting” models are not very sporting, they are just faster. Floaty barges have no place on the Autobahn, which is why all the Germans drive in a pretty firm manner.

      • 0 avatar
        AMC_CJ

        I’ve driven Mercedes before. A close friend’s family has always been big on Mercedes. I think they have a decent solid ride to them, but I also know a lot of people who complain of them “plowing” and feeling like the alignment is out of whack, when it’s not. I’ve kind of felt it too, but I don’t really mind it.

        Hell, I looked over a CLA the other day sitting at the mall. If you kept the option sheet low, it’s not a bad car at all when you compare it to what’s sitting at the Buick dealer, or even some of the higher priced FWD Ford and Chevy, and Japanese offerings.

        • 0 avatar
          DubVBenz

          Ahh, this guy knows what he’s talking about, he once saw a CLA in the mall and drove one of his friend’s family’s mercedes. Typical expert commentary from AMC_CJ

  • avatar
    Vega

    ‘Wow, that looks…… hideous’
    ‘BMW’s are ugly.’
    ‘ but are utter garbage like their plebian VW underpinnings’

    You seem like a well adjusted, likeable fellow who’s a complete joy to spend time with.

    • 0 avatar
      AMC_CJ

      When you come from such a technical background, and most of the people you associate with pull these cars apart and rebuild them for a living, you get a total (and yes, I believe superior) view on all things automotive. It comes with the profession.

      So, if you’re that guy at the party whose so excited about that new Audi S5 you just bought, guess what, you’re going to absolutely hate me. I’m only honest, and in general most “automotive enthusiast” could learn a lot from people like me; but they’re going to absolutely hate what I have to say, because some times the truth hurts.

      Now, looks, style, that’s subjective. But beyond that, I only make the comments I do from a professional point of view (even though, they sound very unprofessionalist at times).

      • 0 avatar

        A lot of people aren’t looking at these cars from a professional POV. They’re looking at them from the “look at how hip/successful/wealthy I look from behind the wheel” POV. People who lease C-Class and CLA-Class cars are into the ownership experience for as long as their leases run, and then it’s off to the newest model for another three, four or five-year jaunt.

        On the other hand, I do worry for those farther down the line who appreciate genuine, quietly-understated luxury but have to contend with cars made for lessees and not owners.

        • 0 avatar
          sportyaccordy

          What does your experience have to do with this? You haven’t got to take this car apart yet… well, physically anyway. And your experience doesn’t matter if you use it to force your opinions down everyone’s throats. Get over yourself.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            Excuse him. Working on cars like this makes you angry and jaded. Driving them kinda makes up for it, sometimes.

      • 0 avatar
        SatelliteView

        buddy, you are pseudo professional. There are highly educated people who advocate socialism and bigger government. The guy who headed the “human genome” project is a Christian…

        This thing is as high-tech as it gets. But I guess Windows 95 is what you want.

      • 0 avatar
        hubcap

        “…most of the people you associate with pull these cars apart and rebuild them for a living, you get a total (and yes, I believe superior) view on all things automotive. It comes with the profession.”

        I’m far from a professional mechanic but I do know a number of them and often consult them. They all say that modern cars, regardless of brand, should go between 70,000 to 100,000 miles relatively trouble free.

        They also all say that if you want something for the long haul by a Honda or a Toyota.

      • 0 avatar
        fredtal

        So do you actually trash someones new car in person or is this just something you do on the internet?

        • 0 avatar
          AMC_CJ

          My opinions do seem to split people down the middle. Some people get it, others don’t; whatever. Don’t listen to me, your loss.

          Let’s see, would I actively trash somebody’s car in person? I wouldn’t say trash, but I’d inform them to dump it around when the warranty runs out for something else if it’s as big of a turd as the VW product my wife bought.

          If you get where I’m coming from, then you get it. Like I said, I look at a car for the mechanical bits and pieces it’s made out of. I have yet to see this car in person, but compared to the other German makes I’ve always considered Mercedes a notch above in the mechanical department. I really like their small diesel they put in the Sprinter, and I’ve had those apart a few times. the engine is ok, the rest of the vehicle is kind of cheaped out. But hey, that’s not a C-class right? I do not like their style direction though, but that’s subjective.

          Do I want windows 95? Well, I’ll put it this way, I’m dumping the whole smart phone thing as soon as my regular phone comes in the mail. I just don’t see the point, even in texting.

      • 0 avatar
        bunkie

        Considering your comment about how easy it should be to slap some components together to make an Isle of Man podium-finishing electric race bike, I think I’ll look elsewhere for engineering wisdom.

      • 0 avatar

        The Audi S5 is based on an Audi platform that goes back to the sixties. It’s not like it’s a rebadged Golf (in fact, its “plebian underpinnings” precede those of the Golf). The only Volkswagen that even has its engine pointed the same way as the S5 is the decidedly upmarket Phaeton.

        But yes, BMWs are ugly.

    • 0 avatar
      jmo

      +1

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    “a bone stock and mint condition 1964 Imperial.”

    We have similar ideals. No wonder you’re cranky.

  • avatar
    kojoteblau

    Yeah, I can’t really make styling decisions until I see it in person. I thought the new Cherokee was hideous until I saw the Trailhawk version in person. I’d drive that one.

    • 0 avatar
      romanjetfighter

      I saw this in person a few months ago in camouflage at midnight and I thought it was the yet-to-be seen short wheelbase S-Class. Very nice looking.

    • 0 avatar
      AMC_CJ

      Funny, I just checked one out at the dealership today. Looked much better in person, I liked it.

      Then I crawled under it, popped the hood….. what a dissapointment, what a crappy piece of garbage. Needless to say the transmission service I scheduled seemed liked a good investment for my Liberty CRD.

  • avatar
    Jacob

    Not bad. The looks are good. Moreover, the car finally looks like it can seat a couple of adults in the rear seats properly.

  • avatar
    wmba

    TTAC Staff continues its march to hipness and gloss. Tell me, does a pound of torque weigh the same as a pound of high fructose corn syrup?

    You can think my comment as being irascible, but if this place is to maintain any standards whatsoever, then at least you can get the specifications correct, it supposedly being a car site and all.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I’ll say what I said elsewhere: I think this shrunken S-Class looks quite a bit clumsier than the cheaper CLA-Class. Aside from the IS, everything else in this class (A4, ATS, Q50, and especially 3-Series and S60) looks more cohesive. What’s more, this C-Class lacks the sleek-profile boilerplate of a sports sedan. I understand if it’s more practical and classic, but the C-Class has always been a little too upright for its own good. You’d think, though, that they’d have learned this from the previous two generations…

    • 0 avatar
      hubcap

      I disagree. IMO the Q50 is the best looking car in the class. The A4 is plebeian at best, the S60, an also ran. I like the ATS and the 3 series and would place this new “C” with the Caddy and Bimmer.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      Who says it is a sports sedan? Nothing particularly sporting about MB cars. Even the “sporting” models are just faster.

      This looks like a tall human might be able to sit in the back seat. I bet the wagon, which we of course will not get in the US, will be really great looking, just like the last one. I rather like it, but I don’t buy sedans.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I think the first gen of the C-Class was the best looking. Taking the best features of their larger sedans and just shrinking it. This one looks mushy and undignified, and it has too many lines.

  • avatar
    darkwing

    Any word on whether the AMG variant will get AWD?

  • avatar
    MPAVictoria

    Am I the only one who thinks having an air suspension on an entry model Mercedes is a really, really bad idea?

  • avatar
    danio3834

    No standard RWD model? Yeah, I know AWD is “better”, just like an E is better than a C, and S better than E, but some buyers don’t need or want AWD.

  • avatar
    seth1065

    And only 4 Matic ?? I am up north and do not want Awd on my car not really useful vs what you give up

  • avatar

    I don’t know, but this C Class and the A Class hatch are looking pretty good. I’m that guy that has never really liked Mercedes looks, but these latest models look pretty good. I think the rear quarters view is specially nice. I agree it could use less creases and lines, generally tone it down a bit, a less aggressive face, but all in all these new Mercedes are suddenly looking better than the other Germans (and I though I’d never say that).

    However, it’s always a difficult job. If you tone it down a bit you run the risk of looking like the CLA, which is not a good thing by me. Good effort though, and going forward, could easily become the best looking in the class.

  • avatar
    bg

    I always felt the ’63 Imperial was a real standout….well, the headlights at least.

  • avatar
    Marko

    Beautiful. Reminds me of a W211 E-Class, which IMHO is a good thing.

  • avatar
    bomberpete

    Looks like the top-of-line Hyundai from 10 years ago.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    I can’t remember a car that brought this many cranky old men out of the woodwork in a while. The get-off-my-lawn factor is very high, apparently.

  • avatar
    bergxu

    The W205 C-Class is positively hideous, IMHO. My wife just snagged a 2014 C300 4MATIC and I’m glad she pulled the trigger now rather than later.

    I thought the CLA looked OK in pics but is quite frumpy in person, and the interior is horrible—cheap looking and the nav screen is a total afterthought….the same, it seems, goes for the new C.

    As the resident Merc mechanic, I’ll tell you all that while quality has indeed *improved* since the early ’00s, it ain’t what it was pre-’95, and, sadly, ne’er will be.

    Good news for me however, is that now that everyone has gotten sick of the garbage which Mercedes has been producing for the past 20 years, they’re all starting to pay good money for clean W123s and W126s, etc..because they realize those were the end of an era and are still perfectly safe, comfortable and usable cars.


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