The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C class due next year will be larger and have more a spacious interior as well as a more dynamic exterior, sources told Automobilwoche. Mercedes will unveil the fourth-generation C-class sedan at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will start selling it in the United States in August 2014. Spy images indicate that the 2014 C-class sedan will look similar to the redesigned Mercedes-Benz S-Class flagship due this September.
The 2014 C-class sedan will be underpinned by a new rear-wheel-drive architecture, with length to be increased by around 5 inches to 185 inches. This added length will result to a more spacious rear seat. By increasing the length of the C class, Mercedes-Benz could avoid cannibalizing sales of the new front-wheel-drive CLA sedan due this fall, which is similar in size to the current C class.
The 2014 C class will feature three body styles in addition to the sedan – a coupe, a convertible and a station wagon. The carmaker will unveil the coupe version – which may dubbed as CLK – at the 2015 Geneva auto show and launch it the same year.
Mercedes-Benz will unveil the convertible version – featuring a classic fabric top -- at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show and will sell it early 2016. The carmaker will unveil the station wagon at 2014 Paris auto show and will launch it in Europe in late 2014. The carmaker will not sell the wagon version in the United States. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C class will be built in Vance, Alabama starting in early 2014.
In terms of looks, the new C-Class sports an appearance completely different from the previous model. It now comes with a stunning yet dynamic design that doesn’t only convey sensual purity but also appeals to emotions. The new C-Class is filled with harmonious yet sensuous lines and surfaces that allow the luxury sedan to exude a new level of dynamism.
The new C-Class is laden with minimalist, purist forms, helping highlight its intelligent technology and smart engineering. Its surfaces shown off a modern yet emotional character, thanks to the degree of tension they display. Moreover, the interaction between precise lines and sculptural surfaces allows for a harmonious interplay between light and shade.
Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG, remarked that the new C-Class exudes automotive passion through its modern design language, allowing it to define modern luxury on a new exciting level. Wagener added that emotional as well as progressive help emphasizes the innovative design of the new C-Class.
When viewed from the sides, the saloon proportions of the new C-Class are defined by its long bonnet, a set-back cabin and short overhangs. Meanwhile, its large wheels highlight the car’s rear while conveying its stylish sporty nature.