Following a template that's becoming more and more popular in the auto industry, the curb weight of the brand-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be roughly 200 lbs. lower than that of the 2014 edition. Which, in turn, allows the C-Class to grow in most dimensions, pack in even more premium features than before and showcase more powerful engines, yet still maintain competitive fuel-economy ratings. That's the view from 30,000 feet anyway, with many down-to-earth details about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class still to come, but the car does seem like it will be a better fit than before for shoppers in the compact-ish lux-sedan segment.
For example, last year's C-Class was at a noticeable size disadvantage when compared to its BMW and Audi (and Cadillac) rivals, so engineers stretched the M-B sedan by 3.7 inches; per the automaker, "the additional space benefits first and foremost the rear passengers, who now travel in even greater comfort." Now, as mentioned above, M-B has not released full specs for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but you can get a feel for the change in dimensions by seeing how the new C-Class measures up in terms of length and curb weight:
- 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class—184 inches; approximately 3,228 lbs.*
- 2015 Cadillac ATS—182.8 inches; 3,319 lbs.
- 2014 BMW 320i—182.5 inches; 3,280 lbs.
- 2015 Audi A4—185.1 inches; 3,583 lbs.
- 2014 M-B C-Class—180.8 inches; 3,428 lbs.
*Just note: The curb weight for the 2015 C-Class is a pure guess-timate on my part and was based on subtracting 200 lbs. from the lightest 2014 model. The 2015 lineup will have a different powertrain selection, with a different model configuration from the 2014 model year, making a true apples v. apples comparison difficult. M-B itself wasn't clear about exact poundage at this time, noting simply that "The vehicle's overall weight is even reduced by around 200 lbs."—without clarifying what it had been reduced from.