The al-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate arrived today showing an emotional-sporty design as well as an enlarged cargo volume. Set to go on sale in September 2014, the 2015 C-Class Estate offers an 80-millimetre increase in the wheelbase (2840 millimetres) compared with the outgoing model, which translates into more interior space.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the 2015 C-Class Estate offers a maximum load capacity of 1510 liters and of 490 liters behind the rear seats. In addition, the vehicle is 96 millimetres longer (4702 millimetres) than its predecessor and 50 mm wider (1810 millimetres).
Furthermore, the rear seats now have a 40 : 20 : 40 split instead of 60 : 40 split in the predecessor. Regarding the design, the 2015 C-Class Estate is available with the sports grille or a luxury grill with the Mercedes star on the bonnet found on the Exclusive Line.
At the rear, the new taillights are inspired by those found on the GLA crossover. As expected, the interior was adopted from the 2015 C-Class saloon, which means we find high-grade materials and a modern, sporty ambience.
The new touchpad found on the C-Class Estate also marks an evolutionary step as on a smartphone, all the head-unit functions can be operated using finger gestures. Thanks to the use of aluminum, the 2015 C-Class Estate is 65 kg lighter than the mode that it replaces.
Under the hood, we find the advanced four-cylinder diesel engines that cover an output range from 115 hp (85 kW) and 204 hp (150 kW). The C300 BlueTec Hybrid model is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine as well as by a compact electric motor that delivers 27 hp (20 kW).
The total output delivered by the 2015 C-Class Estate Hybrid is 231 hp. This model uses just 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 km and emits only 99 grams of CO2. For those who want more, Mercedes-Benz offers three BlueDirect four-cylinder petrol engines and one BlueDirect six-cylinder petrol engine, with power outputs ranging from 156 hp (115 kW) to 333 hp (245 kW).
Mercedes-Benz also announced its plans to offer the C350 Hybrid model that delivers a total output of 275 hp (205 kW). Plenty of safety system are offered as the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate is available with the Attention Assist, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Distronic Plus, Active Parking Assist, Traffic Sign Assist and Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus.
In addition to 3-point safety belts with pyrotechnical belt tensioning and belt-force limitation for driver, front passenger and those in the outer rear seats, numerous airbags serve to protect the vehicle's occupants in an accident. [source: Daimler]