Details emerge on next Mercedes C-Class

September 30, 2013
Just weeks after our spy photographers nabbed Mercedes-Benz’ upcoming 2015 C-Class in the buff, a new report has shed light on just what to expect under the new luxury sedan’s hood.

Like the facelifted E-Class, the 2015 C-Class will benefit from the new option of a 2.1-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder with 195 horsepower and 369-lb-ft of torque, according to a Car and Driver report. Rated at 45 mpg highway in the larger, heavier E-Class, expect the mill to return even loftier figures in the C-Class.

Other available engine will include a turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder with 210 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, as well as a V6 that will serve as the top non-AMG motor. While specifics of the latter motor have yet to be confirmed, it will likely either be a variant of the existing 3.5-liter V6 or the new twin-turbo 3.0-liter from next year’s E400.

A seven-speed automatic will serve as the dancing partner for all three engines at launch, but it will eventually be replaced by Mercedes’ nine-speed auto. Each powertrain will be offered with all-wheel-drive in place of the standard rear-wheel-drive setup.

Sadly, the manual transmission in the spy photos will almost certainly not be offered in the U.S.

The 2015 C-Class sedan, which will be assembled in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will greet the public for the first time at the 2014 Detroit show, with the convertible expected to debut later in 2014.

Spy Photos

The 2015 C-Class has been spotted before, but the four-door was sporting heavy camouflage. However, our spy photographers managed to sneak behind enemy lines and snap a few shots of the C-Class in the buff.

In the absence of thick body cladding, it’s clear than the next C-Class will adopt the sculpted body lines that debuted on the 2014 S-Class flagship. Codenamed “W205”, the 2015 C-Class’s exterior design will be highlight by a long hood and a short deck lid.

In addition to the exterior shots, our spies were also able to snag a lone picture of the C-Class’ interior. Although still masked, it’s clear that Mercedes’ 3-Series rival will feature an evolution of the automaker’s current interior design language.

Base versions of the 2015 C-Class will use a turbocharged four-cylinder while up-level models will employ a large V6. Diesel and hybrid versions of the C-Class are also planned. And, of course, the range wouldn’t be complete without a fire-breathing C63 AMG model.

The C-Class will use either an eight- or nine-speed automatic transmission.

Look for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class to make its world debut during the upcoming auto show season.

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