2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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What's New for 2015:
  • Sedan is redesigned for 2015
  • Coupe carries over with extra standard equipment, new Appearance package option

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class lineup is comprised of a coupe, sedan, and performance-tuned AMG-badged variants of each. (The AMG models are covered in a separate overview.)

The 2015 C-Class Coupe continues in C250 and C350 model series, aimed at competitors such as the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q60, and Lexus RC. This year, Mercedes makes heated front seats, an upgraded sound system with satellite radio, and a media interface cable standard equipment for this version of the C-Class.

The 2015 C-Class Sedan is completely redesigned, equipped with new engines and wearing new C300 and C400 series designations. The C-Class Sedan competes with the Acura TLX, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, and Lexus IS.

Models and Features
Choose a 2015 C-Class Coupe and you'll be driving a car that is based on the previous-generation C-Class platform. Upgrading to the C350 replaces the standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a V-6, improving acceleration.

A similar strategy is used for the redesigned C-Class Sedan. The C400 model employs a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine in place of the C300's standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and also equips the car with the automaker's 4Matic all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Both versions of the 2015 C-Class Sedan are offered with a choice between Luxury and Sport styling treatments, the former equipping the car with a traditional stand-up Mercedes hood ornament.

Under the Hood
A turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is included for the C250 Coupe. It makes 201 horsepower, and Mercedes claims the car will accelerate to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. A 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is installed in the C350 Coupe, improving acceleration time to a claimed 5.9 seconds. Both engines employ a 7-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. A 4Matic AWD system is optional only for the C350 model.

The C300 Sedan is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 241 horsepower while working with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes says the 2015 C300 Sedan accelerates to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, and 4Matic AWD is optional on this model.

The C400 Sedan is equipped with standard 4Matic, along with a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine good for 329 horsepower. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 5.2 seconds, according to Mercedes. A 7-speed automatic transmission is standard for this model.

Fuel Economy
For the C-Class Coupe, EPA fuel-economy estimates range from a low of 19 mpg in the city for the C350 4Matic to a high of 31 mpg on the highway for the C250.

The new engines in the C-Class Sedan are more fuel-efficient than those found in the Coupe. The C400 4Matic returns 21 mpg in the city while the C300 gets up to 34 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
Thanks to a complete redesign, the C-Class Sedan benefits from a number of standard and optional features that are not offered on the C-Class Coupe.

Standard equipment for the C-Class Sedan includes a fuel-saving start/stop function for the engines; new Agility Select technology with Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ driving modes; and a new COMAND infotainment system with a larger display screen, Bluetooth streaming audio, HD Radio, and touchpad control. The C-Class Sedan also includes Collision Prevention Assist Plus and Crosswind Assist safety systems as standard equipment.

New options that are exclusive to the C-Class Sedan include LED headlights, an Airmatic suspension, steering-assist technology for the Distronic Plus active cruise control system, new cross-traffic alert system that works at both ends of the car, and new pedestrian-recognition capability for the Pre-Safe Brake autonomous braking system. Pedestrian recognition works at vehicle speeds below 35 mph, Mercedes says.

Additionally, the new C-Class Sedan offers ventilated front seats, power trunk closer, new high-end surround-sound audio system from Burmeister, TuneIn global radio access, and a Wi-Fi connection. Buyers can also select a new Air Balance cabin fragrance system.


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