2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Priced From $39,325

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Mercedes-Benz’s stunning new C-Class goes on sale this fall, priced from $39,325 including $925 in shipping charges. That may seem a little steep but the entry-level model at present is the C300, which comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Adding 4MATIC all-wheel drive raises the price by $2,000, making the new C300 4MATIC cost $41,325 with shipping. By comparison, the outgoing C300 4MATIC, which is powered by a V-6 but offers similar performance, costs $40,325, a difference of only $1,000.

Also available at launch will be a C400 4MATIC. This model is priced from $49,515 with shipping and is powered by a  twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 good for 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It also gets air suspension as standard, which is available on the C300. All C-Class models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Further down the track, expect a more affordable C250 model, fuel-efficient C-Class Plug-In Hybrid, sporty C450 AMG Sport and high-performance C63 AMG. Unfortunately, the U.S. is likely to miss out on the stylish C-Class Wagon but we will get a new version of the C-Class Coupe and an all-new C-Class Cabriolet.

As previously reported, the 2015 C-Class is a much more substantial car than the model it replaces. It rides on Mercedes’ new MRA platform which thanks to lightweight materials makes the new C-Class about 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor. But in addition to being lighter, the new C-Class has grown to take account of people's increasing average height. With a 3 inch increase in the wheelbase (112 inches) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 3.7 inches longer (184 inches) and 1.6 inches wider (71 inches). The new C-Class also increases its trunk capacity to 17 cubic feet.

The most dramatic change, however, is in the cabin. Here, Mercedes’ new round-vent and waterfall-console themes executed in materials that range from satisfying to truly impressive. Even in lower-spec models—where rubbered plastics and piano-black finishes meet MB Tex synthetic upholstery—the sense of quality and careful design shine through.

For more on the new C-Class, be sure to read our first drive report.

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