The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class represents an important step from the German automaker in redefining its entry-level luxury position. With the new CLA-Class in place to lure in budget-conscious premium shoppers, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is free to pursue a more lofty definition of what constitutes affordable upscale motoring. It also allows the C-Class to grow in size, as the 2015 model is now more accurately described as a mid-size car in terms of footprint. This is in keeping with the gradual creep of all small luxury cars towards a girthier tomorrow, with BMW and Audi offerings evolving along similar lines in recent years.
Let’s take a look at 10 things you need to know about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
01. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Is An All-New Design
We’ve already mentioned that the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is bigger than the model it replaces, but here’s some context to help you visually situate the sedan’s size. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has actually outgrown the E-Class that debuted in 1995, which was the Silver Star’s mid-size offering of the day. Fear not, however, as the fresh C-Class platform has been worked hard in order to keep the car’s weight down (220 lbs lighter when comparing the current base model with last year) and preserve the handling that most expect from an entry-level luxury car. A three-inch longer wheelbase translates into greater rear seat leg room, and a longer overall measure helps preserve the car’s trunk space.
02. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Borrows From The S-Class’ Style
It’s impossible not to make direct comparisons between the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class’ looks and those of the also-recently-redesigned S-Class flagship sedan. This is entirely on purpose, as Mercedes-Benz intends to directly connect the two polar-priced automobiles in the minds of first-time buyers looking to have a little of the full-size car’s magic brush off on their more modest purchase. The similarities are most apparent at the front and the rear of the car, where a similar front fascia, combined with standard LED tail lights (as well as optional LED running lights), accent the C-Class’ shared curves.
03. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Offers A Pair Of Gasoline Engines
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class features a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder as its base engine (C300). Tuned to provide 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, this unit is matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission and can also be paired with optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive. For those seeking more thrust, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is also offered with a 3.0-liter V-6 that makes use of a ‘biturbo’ setup to deliver 329 horses and 354 lb-ft of torque (C400 4MATIC). As the name might suggest, the V-6 will be available exclusively in all-wheel drive form during the initial production run, and it will feature the same seven-speed autobox as the four-cylinder edition of the car.
04. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Will Deliver A Diesel Option
For the ultimate in fuel efficiency, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will also be available with a turbodiesel engine under the hood. The Mercedes-Benz C250 BlueTEC will come with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel mill that will most likely produce 211 horsepower and close to 350 lb-ft of torque once it eventually hits showrooms. Mercedes-Benz isn’t willing to comment on exact mileage figures at this point in time, but it’s reasonable to expect a highway number of over 40-mpg, which would put it near the top of its class alongside models like the BMW 328d.
05. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Can Be Had In AMG Trim
If you require the thrum of eight cylinders to ignite your luxury fire, then you will pleased to find out that the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will continue to feature a high performance AMG model. The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is still waiting in the wings, which means we don’t as of yet have complete details on its specifications, but we do know that it will feature twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine capable of producing over 450 horsepower in its base form. We say ‘base’ because there will also be an AMG S model that should push the sedan’s output much closer to 500 ponies. The C63 AMG will of course also come with a more aggressive suspension package as well as sportier styling inside and out.
06. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Features Active Aero
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class debuts numerous new technologies, with one of the most intriguing being the active aerodynamics package that is available on certain models. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class can make use of movable shutters inside its grille that open and close in order to divert air from the engine bay, thus reducing the car’s drag. The feature is completely autonomous, with the shutters opening in order to ensure proper cooling for all of the vehicles systems should temperatures climb too high. The C-Class is also offered with Airmatic air suspension, which adjusts the vehicle’s ride height in order to optimize it for performance, efficiency, and ground clearance.
07. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Comes In Three Trims
Getting active aero with the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is contingent on ordering it in the Exclusive trim, which is the only one of the sedan’s three available styling motifs to feature the traditional chrome grille and Silver Star ornament mounted on the hood. The Avantgarde and AMG trims introduce a sportier front fascia that places the Mercedes-Benz logo at the center of the C-Class grille. Each version of the car also comes with its own unique wheel designs (18 and 19 inches), and a few other distinguishing touches. The trims are divorced from the vehicle’s engine choice, allowing for better customization at ordering time.
08. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Offers An In-Car Perfuming System
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class provides an unusual option for luxury-seeking shoppers: an automated vehicle perfuming system. Located in the glove box, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class perfume dispenser consists of a glass cylinder of ‘scent’ that is plugged directly into the climate control system. Intended to offer regular bursts of odor while driving (another feature lifted from the S-Class flagship), the perfume comes in four different ‘moods’: Downtown, Nightlife, Freeside, and Sports. While subtle in its action, this is an option you’ll want to skip if you have any chemical sensitivities or an aversion to having your car smell anything other than ‘new.’
09. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Provides Class-Leading Safety Gear
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class doesn’t just borrow style and perfume from the S-Class – it also features a number of high end safety features that represent the leading edge in active technology. Specifically, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class gains a new Distronic adaptive cruise control system that is capable of automatically braking the car should a frontal collision be judged imminent. The system will bring the sedan to a complete halt, and it works with both moving traffic as well as small, stationary dangers such as pedestrians and animals. Also available is a blind spot monitoring system.
10. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Carves Its Own Niche
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class takes a step back from the ever-escalating fray in the entry-level luxury scene that surrounds who can build the sportiest four-door premium car. Instead of competing against BMW, Audi, and Infiniti based on driving dynamics and lap times, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class instead attempts a more holistic approach that emphasizes overall comfort and competency. The end result is a more traditional luxury car that sacrifices some steering feeling and handling in order to present a planted, quiet ride that feels high end without the need to resort to full-throttle histrionics.