The redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan will start at $39,325 (including $925 for destination). This price applies to the rear-wheel drive C300, which goes on sale in the first quarter of 2015. The C300 with Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel drive system will cost $41,325, and the C400 4MATIC will start at $49,515. Models fitted with 4MATIC all-wheel drive hit dealers this fall.
The C-Class Coupe will carry over into 2015 mostly unchanged, though the Premium Package is now standard.
Both rear- and all-wheel drive C300 models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The C400 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The 2015 C-Class comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port and keyless start, as well as Attention Assist, which alerts the driver if it detects he or she is drowsy or inattentive, and Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which can automatically activate the brakes prior to a potential collision. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a Burmester premium audio system, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system with navigation and voice control, a rearview camera, an adjustable air suspension or sport-tuned suspension and Mercedes' Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control system.
Car and Driver explains that the recent introduction of the smaller and less expensive CLA-Class allows Mercedes-Benz to evolve the C-Class from an entry-level vehicle to more of a premium offering with a higher price tag. It notes that the higher price means that C-Class buyers will get more standard features and new engines, adding that the cabin is like "a mini S-class inside, with far richer materials than before, avant-garde design, and technology that enhances the experience."