2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be lighter and more fuel-efficient

Article by Christian A., on October 23, 2013

We already know that Mercedes-Benz released the first photos with the interior of its 2015 C-Class earlier this week but today, the German manufacturer revealed more details of its upcoming sedan. It appears that the new C-Class will have a new aluminum hybrid body, making it the "lightweight construction trailblazer" in its segment.

As a result, the body and bodyshell are 70 kg lighter than conventional production using steel, while the entire vehicle is around 100 kg lighter than its predecessor.

Moreover, the 2015 C-Class will use less fuel and promises to set a new standard in its segment. Despite the weight drop, the body and bodyshell have been designed to deliver impressive crash safety.

Furthermore, the new C-Class will deliver a high level of driving pleasure on winding roads thanks to a newly designed 4-link link front axle, which provides excellent axle kinematics.

Mercedes-Benz says that the 2015 C-Class comes as standard with a steel suspension and it is the first vehicle in its segment to offer an air suspension (AIRMATIC) on the front and rear axles.

Some of the new safety features include a new sensor for the front passenger airbag that can detect every child seat installed and automatically deactivates the airbag as well as the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2014 C-lass for the European market) will be introduced in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

In terms of visuals, it is clear that the new C-Class marks a strong departure from the previous version. The way the dynamic design has been made striking gives out that sensual purity while bringing out emotions. In creating the sensual surfaces and lines, Mercedes-Benz used a modern visual as the inspiration. The way these surfaces and lines have that dynamism and harmony results in an immediate effect.

Under the new C-Class, the designers made sure to utilize purist and minimalist forms in order to highlight the engineering and intelligent technology. With the surfaces being clearly defined, it allows for a more purposeful display of tension, but to a certain degree. This gives the new C-Class an emotional and contemporary quality. Meanwhile, the combination of the sculptural surfaces and precise lines results in an interesting effect, mainly by how the light interplays with the shade.

Viewed from the side, the combination of the short overhangs, long bonnet, and a passenger compartment that has been set back, help define the well-balanced and standard saloon proportions of the C-Class. Putting in large wheels not only highlights the rear section but helps give it that stylish sporty quality. Daimler AG Vice-President for Design Gorden Wagener said that the new C-Class is able to display that automotive passion by having a more modern design language.

He added that the emotional and progressive highlights help put focus on the pioneering design style implemented on the new C-Class and exhibit sensual purity. It is clear that while the new C-Class is able to interpret modern luxury, it does so on an entirely new level.

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