Mercedes-Benz is ready to roll out its all-new C-class in 2014. The fourth generation C-Class has been re-engineered to target young buyers and to give the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4 a run for their money. Mercedes-Benz will introduce the next gen C-Class at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. According to sources, nothing will be carried over from the existing model to the all-new C-Class. The 2014 C-Class will be positioned in a way to give room to its younger sibling, the upcoming CLA to fit in the line-up easily. The new C-Class will follow the latest design language, seen on the updated 2013 E-Class.
The new car is codenamed W205 and the company is planning four new avatars for the C-Class, a sedan and an estate for 2014 launch with a coupe and a fabric-roofed cabriolet for 2015 launch. According to sources, the length of the car has increased by 100 mm over the existing model and the tracks have been widened up by 40 mm. The increased dimensions are claimed to offer improved space in the cabin as well as in the boot. The luggage capacity has been increased to 485-litres. Coming to the chassis, Mercedes-Benz has sculpted the new C-Class with its Modular Rear-wheel drive Architecture (MRA-Platform).
The MFA-platform is a monocoque structure, which is all set to be used on the future Mercedes line-up, the new platform has helped in reducing the weight of the car, despite its increased dimensions over the existing model. The engine options will include 4-cylinder and V6 petrol motors, ranging from a 2.0-litre turbo engine churning out 184 BHP to a 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine churning out 330 BHP. The 2.1-litre diesel engine will be upgraded for the new model, producing 120 BHP to 220 BHP, depending on the state of tune. The engines will be coupled with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic transmission.
The fourth generation Mercedes C-Class is well-equipped with the latest technology from Stuttgart. The feature list includes Adaptive damping control as standard on all models, a new electro-mechanical steering system with hands-off automatic parking system, a stereo camera that prevents collision, a new Distronic Plus feature with Steering Assist, which keeps the car in a chosen lane and tracks traffic in tailbacks, Brake Assist Plus with Junction Assist. The new C-Class sounds exciting and looks promising to take on its rivals. We expect the car to enter the Indian market after its global launch.
Source – Autocar UK