NAIAS 2014 Unveiled: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-ClassMercedes-Benz had a busy Monday morning at the Cobo Center in Detroit showcasing five different models at the 2014 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 13. The German automaker presented the all-new GLA45 AMG compact SUV, the S-Class Coupe Concept and the V-12 S600. However, the highlight of the Jan. 13 press conference was the debut of the next-generation C-Class.

2015 C-Class

The C-Class is the top-selling model series for Mercedes-Benz, with over 2.4 million units sold in the U.S. since 2007, which is why the automaker calls it its “most important car.” As such, the 2015 C-Class offers substantial innovation in technology, performance, safety and fuel efficiency.

The all-new C-Class is bigger than its predecessor with a wider wheelbase and a longer and wider body length. This, in turn, increases the interior space, which now has more rear legroom and trunk capacity. Despite its larger size, the new C-Class is 220 lbs. lighter than the previous model and consumes fuel at a 20-percent lower rate than before.

The new C-Class will launch with two new models in the U.S.: the C300 4MATIC with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the C400 4MATIC with a 3.0-liter V-6. The four-cylinder model boasts preliminary power numbers of 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the V-6 features 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. It is expected to hit showrooms later in 2014.

2015 GLA45 AMG

Based off its CLA cousin, the 2015 GLA45 AMG is powered by the most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine in the world, packing 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of toque. This 2.0-liter AMG turbo engine propels the compact SUV from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds.

There are many features on this vehicle that make this GLA a true AMG, including the Speedshift DCT 7-speed sports transmission, 4MATIC all-wheel drive, sports suspension and a high-performance braking system.

2015 S600
A V-12 biturbo engine that produces 523 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque powers the long-wheelbased S600, which includes a wide array of standard driving-assistance features: Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, plus brake and steering assists, among others.

Concept S-Class Coupe

The V-12 S600 wasn’t the only new S-Class making an appearance at the Cobo Center. The S-Class Coupe Concept also made its world debut in Detroit.

The S-Class Coupe is highlighted by its sleek and elegant, yet very sporty, exterior design, which Mercedes-Benz calls “a symbol for the embodiment” of its design style. The sculpted, aerodynamic design features positively arched surfaces and Mercedes’ signature dropping line, with accentuated wheel arches and a focus on the rear-wheel-drive proportions. This body sits on 21-inch wheels with a 116-inch wheelbase and measures 198.8 inches long, 77 inches wide and 55.5 inches tall.

Powered by a 449-horsepower V-8 biturbo engine, the S-Class Coupe is also impressive on the inside, not just because of the engine, but because of all the luxury, technology and safety features. Highlights include a redesigned instrument panel with an advanced infotainment system that picks the perfect music playlists based on your selected mood; “Intelligent Drive,” which monitors the surroundings of the vehicle; and a suspension that can detect uneven surfaces in advance and adjust accordingly.