2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – First Drive

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Details:

Anticipated toon the Spectacular interior

– Cons Four-wheel drive only atcould be complete without mentioning its rival from Bavaria. Let’s get it out of the way early: The W205 (to present the new Benz its internal designation) isn’t trying to win the BMW 3 Series’ best-driving compact sport-luxury sedan crown, and that is a good thing.

Having spent years attempting to match the 3 Series in dynamic terms, the Mercedes engineers finally realized that by doing this, they’ve not been playing to their own strengths. Arguments over the AMG versus M will be had but, actually, Mercedes had beenfrom the moment you open the door. The lighting, airy cabin boasts the kind of construction and design those who own the previous W204 could only hope for. The buttons and switchgear have range from time when Mercedes over-engineered its cars for the hell of it. It’s created an interior that eclipses not only the 3 Series in terms of quality, but the excellent Audi A4. Unfortunately, it’s marred by the 8.4-inch infotainment screen, which looks to be something of your afterthought. Yet this can be forgiven because all of those other dashboard is so much more cohesive.

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Five round vents dot the dash, the center three sitting above just one-piece center console that flows seamlessly to the COMAND controls. Here the regular rotary dial is joined by what appears to be a protective shroud, but is actually a touch pad with haptic feedback that allows operation of the infotainment like a smartphone.

Move from the front to the rear and you’ll find more legroom than before, thanks to an extra 3 inches of wheelbase. Overall, the vehicle has grown longThis can be attributed to it being almost 220 pounds lighter through extensive usage of aluminum. There’s also new four-link front and five-link rear suspension and an aero package that provides the car a category-best drag coefficient of .24, allowing it to scythe through the air.

This aerodynamic package comes on a body that bears more than a passing resemblance for the S-Class. Following the current Sensual Purity design theme, the classic long hood and set up-back cabin hallmarks have been joined by shortened overhangs plus a stubby trunk almost borrowed from the CLA. That’s not the way the cars will arrive initially, even though the look screams rear-drive executive sedan.If the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class proceeds sale in September 2014, it will only be offered in C300 and C400 guise, both with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The C300 C63 and RWD AMG models follows in early 2015.

Wearing a C300 badge, the entry-level car uses a 241hp, 229-lb-ft, 2.0L turbocharged four-banger that’s virtually identical to the system in the CLA, but flipped longitudinally.is far more in keeping with the luxurious nature of the C-Class than the frenzied four-banger. While the V6 can feel coarse at high revs, you don’t really need to wring its neck. With peak torque available between 1,600-4,000 rpm, it offers more than enough punch in the lower rev range for most drivers.

Whatever the engine, and no matter what wheels are driven, all C-Class is going to be offered with all the Mercedes seven-speed auto. Mess around with the new Agility Select switch along with the transmission might be tailored for your needs, although left to its own devices, this transmission might be slow on the downshift. Parameters include Sport, Eco and Comfort Sport Plus, along with an individual program; the latter allows adjustment of throttle response, steering-assist, and damper firmness.


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