Mercedes-Benz officially introduces the 2015 C-Class

Published by Andrew Christian @andrew4wheels Google+ | Monday December 16, 2013

Mercedes-Benz officially introduces the 2015 C-Class

After few leaked photos and specs, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2014MY for the European market) made its debut. Boasting weight savings of up to 100 kilograms, the 2014 C-Class Saloon has a starting price of 33,558 Euros in Europe, while the 2014 C200 starts from 36,414 Euros. The 2014 C220 BlueTEC is priced from 38,675.

All the prices are for the German market and include 19% VAT. The first visual impact with the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a big step for the German carmaker as it represents a bold departure from its predecessor. As we said, the new C-Class is a smaller S-Class. The new C-Class comes with H7 halogen headlamps as standard. Moreover, two energy-saving LED variants are available: a static system and a dynamic version with LED Intelligent Light System.

The rear lamp and brake light in the tail lights feature LED technology in all headlamp versions. Mercedes-Benz says that the 2015 C-Class has a drag coefficient of 0.24 (C220 BlueTEC Eco), the best in the mid-range segment. Inside, you will remain speechless as the new C-Class looks impressive. The driver and front passenger enjoy plenty of space and luxury in a discreet, modern guise on board the new C-Class.

The main eye-catching element is the centrally positioned free-standing central display with a screen diagonal of 7 inches or 8.4 inches if COMAND Online is specified. Five round air vents lend the dashboard a sporty touch. With their metallic cool-touch effect they create a fascinating, tangible contrast to the warm look of the other materials – such as the wood in the centre console or the leather on the dashboard.

The touchpad is also new and provides for very simple and intuitive operation of all the head-unit functions using finger gestures. Also new is the head-up display, which shows on the front windscreen information regarding vehicle speed, speed limits and navigation instructions and displays messages from DISTRONIC PLUS.

Three different design and equipment lines for the exterior and interior respectively offer further scope for individualisation in addition to the standard equipment and appointments. The AVANTGARDE line showcases the C-Class as a sporty saloon, the EXCLUSIVE line places the emphasis on sophistication and modern luxury and the AMG line lends the C-Class a decidedly sporty character.

Alternatively, the new C-Class is the first vehicle in its segment that can be fitted with an air suspension (AIRMATIC) on the front and rear axles.

The new C-Class is also the only vehicle in the segment to offer tunnel detection via satellite navigation. It uses the map information from the navigation system and the GPS location data to close the air recirculation flap automatically when the vehicle enters a tunnel, subsequently re-opening it when the vehicle emerges from the tunnel.Two engine variants will be available at the market launch: a diesel on the C220 BlueTEC and two petrol models, C180 and C200. The C220 BlueTEC is powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine developing 170 hp, enough to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds. Fuel consumption is 4.0 l/100 km.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C180 uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 156 hp, which needs 5 litres of fuel for 100 km and pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.2 seconds. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C200 uses a 2.0-liter petrol engine with 184 hp, which needs 5.3 litres of fuel for 100 km and pushes the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds. A six-cylinder petrol engine rated at 245 kW (333 hp) will follow in due course.

The C300 BlueTEC Hybrid models will also be offered, using a four-cylinder diesel engine and a compact electric motor generating an output of 150 + 20 kW (204 + 27 hp). The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 BlueTEC Hybrid models needs only 3.9 litres of fuel for 100 km. Depending on the installed output ratings, Mercedes-Benz is offering two new 6-speed manual transmissions for the four-cylinder engines in the new C-Class. Smooth automatic gear shifting is provided by the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. [source: Mercedes-Benz]