The goal for the design team, led by Mercedes-Benz design chief Gordon Wagener, was an emotional yet pure look. Taking inspiration from the S-Class flagship sedan, the team emphasized the sporting characteristics by playing around with the proportions of the car; the wheels were pushed to the corners and the greenhouse moved rearward.
For the interior, arguably the highlight of the new C-Class, the themes are similar, with an emphasis once again placed on sportiness. Premium materials are also used throughout, giving the cabin a sophisticated look and feel not typically found in the segment.
The new C-Class goes on sale in the U.S. this fall, as a 2015 model. Only two versions have been announced for the local market: the C300 4MATIC and C400 4MATIC. Further down the track we can expect fuel-efficient diesel and hybrid versions as well as a high-performance AMG variant.