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All There is to Know About The W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

As we were mentioning in other W205-related news, it seems that the upcoming fourth generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be unveiled for the first time at the 2014 North American Auto Show in Detroit.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205 1 photo
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It's market launch, however, will happen all the way in March 2014, when Mercedes-Benz showrooms all over the world will finally be stocked with the new C-Class.

With a history dating back to 1982, when the 190 (W201) was the first ever three-pointed star vehicle to get its foot in the compact executive sedan segment, the C-Class has had years when its been either the bread and butter of Mercedes-Benz sales or very close to the E-Class from the sales point of view.

Engine-wise, the W205 C-Class is expected to feature “turbocharged” and “direct injected” across the line, whether we're talking gasoline or diesel, with two hybrid versions to soon follow.

Here are some of the engines known so far:

Gasoline:

  • C 180 – 1.6-liters, turbocharged, four cylinders, 156 hp
  • C 200 – 1.8-liters, turbocharged, four cylinders, 184 hp
  • C 250 – 2.0-liters, turbocharged, four cylinders, 211 hp
  • C 300 – 2.0-liters, turbocharged, four cylinders, 252 hp
  • C 400 – 3.0-liters, twin-turbocharged, V6, 333 hp
  • C 63 AMG – 4.0-liters, twin-turbocharged, V8, 465+ hp (unconfirmed power figure)
  • C 63 AMG S-Model - 4.0-liters, twin-turbocharged, 500+ hp (unconfirmed power figure)

Diesel:
  • C 180 CDI – 1.6-liters, turbocharged, four cylinders, 130 hp (Renault-sourced)
  • C 200 CDI – 2.1-liters, turbocharged, four cylinders, 150 hp
  • C 220 CDI – 2.1-liters, turbocharged, four cylinders, 170 hp
  • C 250 BlueTec – 2.1-liters, twin-turbocharged, four cylinders, 204 hp
  • C 300 BlueTec – 3.0-liters, turbocharged, V6, 231 hp
  • C 350 BlueTec – 3.0-liters, turbocharged, V6, 265 hp
  • C 400 BlueTec – 3.0-liters, twin-turbocharged, V6, 320 hp (late 2015)

Compared to the outgoing C-Class, the W205 is wider, longer, but most of all lighter, with figures of minus 100 kilograms (220 pounds) less on average weight savings depending on the model. This has purportedly been attained through the use of intelligent replacement of certain steel parts with aluminium in the likes of the R231 SL-Class and the use of a lithium-ion battery like in the W222 S-Class.

For the first time ever, the C-Class nameplate will extend to no less than four different body types: the W205 will obviously be the sedan, the S205 will be the station wagon - expected at the 2014 Paris Motor Show - the C205 will be the coupe and the A205 will be a four-seat convertible. The wagon will share its entire engine range with the sedan, while the coupe and convertible will only get some of the 150+ hp versions.

Looks wise, the "mini S-Class" design lineage, back from the Bruno Sacco era, will apparently return, with most of the W222 S-Class design motifs being passed over to the small C-Class. How good will that stand with some of the ignorant millenials from the new generation of customers that Mercedes-Benz is trying to draw in remains to be seen, albeit for those we now have the CLA.
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the autoevolution.com project.
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