Mercedes Plans C-Class Liftback To Rival A5 Sportback, 3-Series GT

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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLC

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLC

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Mercedes-Benz will launch a new generation of its C-Class sedan next year and once again there will be coupe, wagon and high-performance AMG variants. However, there will also be some new variants such as a convertible and, according to the latest reports, a five-door liftback.

The liftback, which may adopt the Sportcoupe name used on Mercedes’ last liftback model, the CLC pictured above, is said to target Audi’s A5 Sportback and BMW’s 3-Series Gran Turismo. Given this competition, which isn’t offered locally, it’s also unlikely we’ll see the new C-Class variant here.

According to Drive, the C-Class liftback will be launched overseas in 2015.

To maximize interior volume, the car will ride on a slightly longer version of the C-Class platform that will underpin the wagon as well as a long-wheelbase C-Class sedan planned for the Chinese market.

Note, the new C-Class will be larger than the model it replaces. Its wheelbase is said to stretch 90 millimeters more than the 2,850-millimeter wheelbase of the current C-Class. Overall length as well as vehicle width is also said to be growing in size.

The new C-Class sedan, which launches early next year, as a 2015 model, was partially revealed yesterday in a teaser video. The car’s styling is influenced heavily by that of the 2014 S-Class, but with a more sporting character. The car will also boast a standard of luxury and technology not seen in previous generations.

The official world debut of the 2015 C-Class sedan is expected to take place in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

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