The 2015 C-Class is slated to be the very first car Mercedes-Benz will build in its facility in Vance, Alabama. In the past, the Alabama plant only made utility vehicles and crossovers. Finally, the volume-selling C-Class has officially made its North American debut at the Detroit Auto Show.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class not only features a sleeker, more athletic design compared to the outgoing generation, the new C-Class is also 4-inches longer while managing to lose an astonishing 220 lbs. An aluminum-extensive chassis allows for the C-Class to grow in size and be more fuel efficent at the same time.
Of course, the changes aren't just skin deep. The 2015 C-Class will be available in a range of engine options including a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine as well as a turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 engine. Both engines will be mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox. According to EVWorld, the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid will feature a 2.1-liter 204hp diesel engine and a 27hp electric motor. Combined, the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid can achieve an incredible 60 mpg.
Extensive chassis developments and new engine options are great, but the German automaker wouldn't stop there. The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class also boasts a myriad of active technology features including collision warning. In fact, sensors in the new C-Class will act and take control of certain traffic situations to avoid imminent danger.
“It is a likely scenario (that) we will be short of supply,” said Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. No doubt, Mercedes-Benz is extremely confident with its new car. Thanks to the major success of the all-new CLA model, 2013 marked the first time Mercedes-Benz had exceeded BMW in North American luxury car sales since 1999. Entering 2014, Mercedes expects the 2015 C-Class to continue on with the success. 1,000 jobs will be added in Vance, Alabama to build the fourth-generation C-Class. The sedan is expected to be followed by a coupe and convertible for North America. Europe will get a wagon and 5-door hatchback.
“A redesigned 2015 C-Class should help to differentiate the C-Class from the CLA and further cement Mercedes' position in the quickly growing entry-level luxury category,” said KBB analyst Alec Gutierrez.