With the introduction of the Mercedes CLA, the C-Class is no longer considered the luxury brand’s entry-level competitor. That left room for the 2015 Mercedes C-Class to grow, though through its Bavarian magic Mercedes managed to make a bigger car lighter and more efficient. WIth upcoming diesel, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid options, the C-Class has grown up leaner and meaner.
As the brand’s best-selling model, Mercedes has a lot riding on the success of the next-gen C-Class, and they haven’t disappointed. With about 100 kg/220 lbs of weight savings and better aerodynamics, Mercedes claims up to 20% better fuel economy over the outgoing model. European buyers will get to choose between either a 136 horsepower 1.6 liter turbodiesel, or a 170 horsepower 2.2 liter turbodiesel with almost 300 ft-lbs of torque on tap. The 2.2 liter engine will reportedly be capable of up to 58 MPG on the European cycle.
The 2015 Mercedes C Class will also get five four-cylinder gas engines making between 156 and 238 horsepower, as well as a 333 horsepower V6 will be available down the road. In the U.S., C-Class buyers will choose between a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine making 235 horsepower or a 3.0 liter V6 making 329 horsepower.
The most-exciting model for me though is the C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, which pairs a four-cylinder turbodiesel rated 204 horsepower with a 27 horsepower electric motor. This diesel-electric hybrid should not only offer a devious amount of torque, but will reportedly deliver as high as 60 MPG.
Sounds like the perfect drivetrain for some kind of classic-meets-modern engine swap. Or you know, just on its own merits as an incredibly efficient luxury car. Either way, I’ll take one.