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2015 Mercedes C-Class: The Baby Benz is all Grown Up

Bigger, lighter, lavishly equipped.

by on Dec.16, 2013

The new 2015 remake of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is both larger and lighter.

This Baby has grown up.  After giving us a tease of the new interior of the completely redesign 2015 C-Class a couple months ago, Mercedes-Benz is finally offering a full look – and details – about a car that no longer should be thought about as the “Baby Benz.”

No surprise the 2015 re-make is moving up-market, of course.  Not only are buyers are getting more demanding but Mercedes also had to make room for the now sold-out CLA model which notches in as the brand’s lowest-priced offering at just under $30,000 – if you can find one.

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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a larger, decidedly more stylish, sporty and well-equipped offering, with a much-expanded array of both creature comfort and safety features that would have impressed even an S-Class buyer not all that many years ago.

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First Look: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

“Most extensive facelift ever,” says maker.

by on Jan.10, 2011

Parked alongside a replica of the original Benz car, Mercedes lifts the covers on the 2012 C-Class sedan.

What’s the difference between a facelift and a complete redesign?  Apparently not much, at least not in the case of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which has undergone a dramatic transformation touching on 2,000 separate parts, from sheet metal to the smallest nuts and bolts.

“It is the most in-depth facelift we have ever done,” Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes’ parent, Daimler AG, told TheDetroitBureau.com.

The changes are distinct and instantly apparent, starting with a more curvaceous shape that calls to mind the latest-generation Mercedes CLS, its coupe-like sedan.  The new 3-bar chrome grille is not only sleeker in appearance but more aerodynamic, the entire sedan rated at a 0.26 coefficient of drag – engineering speak for a design as windswept as many sports cars.

That, the maker says, is one reason why the various versions of what was once called the “Baby Benz” gets as much as 31% better fuel economy than the model it replaces, depending on the choice of powertrain.

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