2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (wagon) spy shots
Though it’s yet to be confirmed, Mercedes is unlikely to offer its new C-Class wagon in the U.S. The automaker already offers an E-Class Wagon locally and low sales of luxury wagons make it hard to justify launching a second wagon. Buyers here tend to flock to crossovers and SUVs, which Mercedes has plenty of.
These spy shots of the new C-Class wagon reveal a conventional wagon design. The rear window appears more upright than the window on the outgoing C-Class wagon, though it may be a temporary unit used for testing purposes only. The prototype also shows the new exhaust tip design for the 2015 C-Class as well as part of the COMAND interface control wheel in the cabin, which looks very similar to the unit fitted to the latest 2014 S-Class.
The platform for the redesigned C-Class is a shortened version of the rear-wheel-drive MRA platform common to the larger S-Class. It is a modular design flexible enough to spawn a variety of vehicle sizes and bodystyles as well as accept alternative powertrains. The smallest engine is likely to be a four-cylinder unit. It’s not clear if an AMG version of the C-Class wagon will be launched; a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 will be fitted if the green light is given.
Look for the new C-Class wagon to make its official debut at one of the major European auto shows late next year. We hear the 2015 C-Class sedan may be revealed as early as the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January.