Mercedes-Benz C-Class V205 Long Wheelbase Caught in Chinese Car Wash

Back in December 2013 we were reporting that the long wheelbase version of the recently-launched Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205 was officially confirmed by Thomas Webber, the head of development at the three-pointed star car manufacturer.
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“There will be a long-wheelbase version for the specific needs of Chinese clients. This car will be built in China, exclusively for that market.” Dr. Webber had said at the time.

Well, about four months later we are greeted with an almost uncovered pre-production prototype of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class L (in this case, a C180 L) being photographed at a car wash – of all places.

Unfortunately, the person who shot the photos didn't bother or maybe wasn't left to also photograph the car from the side or its rear door – where the longer wheelbase would be more clearly visible.

Fortunately, the C 180 L emblem on the rear is a clear proof of what type of model we are dealing with here – the first ever production extra long Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Internally codenamed V205 instead of W205, the C-Class XL has 60 mm (approximately 2.4 inches) longer wheelbase compared with the standard model, all of which are destined to provide better legroom for the rear passengers.

As some of you now, offering more leg room for the rear passengers is considered a sign of respect in China, despite the fact that statistically speaking it will most likely go to waste. As far as we know, the C-Class L will receive just three gasoline engines for the Chinese market, where it will also be built exclusively.

Story via CarNewsChina
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