C Class 2015
The next-generation Mercedes-Benz C Class Sedan Prototype has been seen once again. The 2015 C Class includes some "minor revisions" to the overall shape and design of Mercedes previous model. The new C Class will have distinctly styled trim levels. The Benz platform – W205 will capture the new C Class which will be the first car to be included in Mercedes Benz new MRA “Mercedes rear-wheel drive” architecture. The 2015 MY Mercedes Next-Gen C Class Sedan will first arrive in Europe during the spring of 2014.
As a continuation of the C63 AMG, Mercedes plans to have two renditions of the M157, a twin turbo charged V-8 @ 5.5 liter. Mercedes engineers feel that this will generate between 450 hp and 525 hp. The base vehicle will have a 1.6-liter engine which pumps out at 150 hp. A turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine will also be available manufacturing up to 330 hp. The four-cylinder M274 engines are based on the current B-class (M270). A 2.0-liter engine pushing 206 hp is targeted for the Hybrid model. A high-performance AMG model will come complete with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine. Mercedes engineers are estimating around 450 horsepower for the V-8 package.
The drivetrain will likely be an 8 or potentially even a 9 speed automatic fitted. A turbocharged 1.8 liter engine is envisioned for the base model. The V-6 engine will stay along with a plethura of diesel engines including a new hybrid variety. The hybrid will include two four cylinder engines with an electric motor. The motor will be postioned in between the gearbox and engine. Similar to the 2013 SL Class, the new C Class will grow on a lighter material structure. Both aluminium and composite materials will be utilised.
Based on the prototype it appears that Mercedes C Class designers are taking a conservative approach in regards to the styling of the new vehicle. In a nutshell, Mercedes is taking BMW’s lead (from the 2012 3-Series ) by maintaining the previous model’s overall shape and size but detailing matters a bit more. The body appears more horizontal and stretched while the headlights are current and functional. The rear of the vehicle remains a mystery but it appears to be heading towards a cross between the CLS and new SL Class Styling. Its interior has been vastly upgraded. Shrouded parts are evident for the exterior as well for most of the interior affected components. A "sport package" will be included which was concept driven and developed in conjunction with AMG.
In late 2014 or perhaps the following year the new C Class will be manufactured at the Mercedes’ plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It is expected that both wagon and coupe models will be produced along with a first new C Class Convertible design. Twenty Percent of its overall production will come out of Mercedes Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant. The 2015 C Class is being marketed for consumers in the USA so the Alabama connection is a real positive. Manufacturing overseas has its benefits in regards to cost, however the local U.S. plant can provide fast delivery along eliminating any overseas shipping expenses. Vehicles in the U.S. will arrive in the fall of 2014 for the wagon and coupe models.
Other key design items and historical info:
Ø A refresh of the C class occured in 2012.
Ø The last full overhaul hasn't taken place since 2008.
Ø The C class has become one of the most important models in Mercedes brand lineup.
Ø Next to the C Class, the E-class is the most relevant to Mercedes.
Ø The current C is available as a sedan, station wagon, coupe.
Ø All future SUV models will share the RWD-based Mercedes-Benz MRA.
Ø A new generation of gasoline engines will become available for the 2015 C Class.
Ø The OM651 (1.8 liter four-cylinder 140 hp diesel engine) or a 180-hp – 215-hp, 2.1-liter will be available.
Ø Key vehicles of competition include the: Cadillac ATS, Infiniti G, Volvo S60, BMW 3-series and the Audi A4.