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Unveiled: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Mercedes-Benz surprised everyone yesterday by unveiling the all-new 2015 C-Class sedan, ahead of their planned debut at next month’s Detroit Motor Show.

I was immediately taken with the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, as I find it stunning both inside and out. The car has grown quite a bit (3.7 inches longer and 1.5 inches wider), and it’s received numerous updates that bring the car upmarket, further distancing itself from the brand’s entry-level CLA model.

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The car’s styling is a bold departure from its predecessor, yet it’s still unmistakably MB. It’s striking, dynamic design exudes sensuous clarity and arouses emotions. The clearly defined surfaces deliberately display a degree of tension, lending them a muscular and sensuous character. Precise lines and sculptural surfaces create lively light and shade effects. It’s a real winner in my book.

Mercedes has also managed to trim 220 pounds off of the C-Class thanks to a new body structure made up of aluminum, high-strength steel and composite materials. Increased rigidity and improved safety are some of the other by-products of the new architecture. Light = Better.

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Step inside the new C-Class and you’re greeted by an interior that’s decidedly upscale, with numerous high-tech features borrowed directly from the S-Class. The big standouts include a 7-inch screen on the dash, a smartphone-esque surface on the center console and a control knob that lets the passengers operate the various functions of the infotainment system.

Another new S-Class-esque feature is the option of air suspension, something not seen in this class before. The AirMatic suspension will come with four selective driving modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport and Sport+. Or if you prefer, you can configure the suspension settings to your exact specifications.

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US buyers will have two C-Class models to choose from at launch: A C300 4MATIC with a 2.0L turbocharged direct-injection in-line four cylinder engine with preliminary power figures of 235 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, and a C400 4MATIC with a 3.0L turbocharged direct-injection V6 that puts out 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.

Will we see an AMG C-Class in the future? Most likely, as Mercedes-Benz needs something to compete with the M3, S4, and the likes. Stuff a monster V8 under the hood that’s good for 450HP or more, and they should be able to sell every last one of them!

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No word on pricing or delivery dates just yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more.

What do you think of the all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."