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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

by Paul Strauss
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Classzoom in

The updated C-Class not only has been given an exterior facelift, it adds a variety of new comfort, technology and safety features over its predecessors. For starters, thanks to its aluminum hybrid body, the new C-Class managed to shed as much as 220 lbs. in weight, which should improve fuel efficiency and performance. In addition, the car has been extended in length to accommodate taller passengers, with an increase of 3.7 inches in overall length and 3 inches in wheelbase.

Visually, the C-Class has also been upgraded, with more curvaceous and dramatic body panels, and a look that’s reminiscent of a junior S-Class. We especially like the newly redesigned front end, with its softer edges and rounded air intakes. Everything about the new C-Class just seems more refined.

In terms of drivetrain, U.S. buyers can choose from the C300 model with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 235hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, or the C400 model with a 3.0-liter turbo V6, rated at 329hp and 354 lb-ft. of torque.

Inside, you’ll find a beautifully appointed modern cabin, with sweeping lines and upscale materials like wood and leather throughout. Available with its multimedia package is a 7-inch or 8.4-inch eye-level display, connected to a unique touchpad controller that’s located at hand level. The C-Class also offers a heads-up display for speed, speed limit and navigation information.

Safety features include Attention Assist which can detect driver inattentiveness and drowsiness, Collision Prevention Assist Plus which can help apply braking in an impending collision, and Distronic Plus, which can help your vehicle follow the flow of traffic in rush hour situations. Parking assistance features include Active Parking Assist, a 360-degree camera, and Traffic Sign Assist which can alert drivers to speed limits and other road signs.

Also available for the C-Class is an air suspension system, which offers continuously variable damping, and the ability to dynamically adjust for the ideal ride for comfort or sporty handling.

Mercedes has yet to release pricing details or a street date for the 2015 C-Class, but we expect more details as we get into the 2014 auto show season.

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