Mercedes-Benz will reportedly expand its bread-and-butter C-Class offerings to better compete with the BMW 3 Series. Potentially looking to further differentiate between the C and the newly debuted, entry-level CLA, Mercedes will add diesel, hybrid, and convertible versions to the C-Class.
The current C-Class is only offered in coupe and sedan version, with gasoline engines exclusively. The 3 Series on the other hand, is offered in coupe, convertible, hybrid, diesel, and wagon versions. Speaking to Automotive News, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Canon said “we were fighting the 3 Series with two arms tied behind our back, and now we will change that.”
The redesigned 2015 C-Class will debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and will go on sale August of next year. Our spy photographers have caught the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class camouflaged during winter testing. Like the CLA, the new C-Class will feature a shorter trunk and a long hood. We expect the grille and headlights to be revised to potentially resemble the newer design language seen on the CLA.
Codenamed W205, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will use a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged Nissan-built engine as one option. The expanded C-Class range will be built at the same plant as the Mercedes-Benz ML- and GL-Class SUVs.
Source: Automotive News