The clouds around the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class are still as thick as those on a morning in Borneo, but Autocar has worked up a passel of details on the Mercedes that will no longer be an entry-level offering when it arrives. With the CLA sliding into the Mercedes starter-kit slot, the C-Class will, according to insiders, "discard the idea that the C-class is a car bought by your grandfather" and "meet the expectations of a younger generation of buyers, both visually and technically."

That means throwing out almost everything that we're used to with the current car. Looks-wise the 2014 sedan is expected to be "far more dramatic" and more sporty. It will also be larger; the CLA is predicted to be a couple of inches longer than the current C-Class, so the coming C-Class will grow by nearly four inches on its MRA platform, with three inches of that growth between the wheels. If accurate, the new length would make it longer than the BMW 3 Series and about the same as the Audi A4. Track and overall width likewise expand, the result being the cabin will provide more room in every direction. Still, the new architecture should make it lighter than the current car.

Standard engines will come in the familiar mix of four-cylinders and V6s in gas and diesel forms, spanning the chart from 120 to 330 horsepower to and all equipped with stop/start tech and brake energy recuperation. Top of the line will be the AMG version with the new twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8, expected to be available in every iteration of the C-Class: sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible. They will be mounted lower and further rearward than at present, and there are rumors of a plug-in hybrid with an 18-mile all-electric range. Those powerplants will be worked through a six-speed manual or updated seven-speed automatic.

The hard-edged side is predicted to get a boost from a switch to a double-wishbone suspension in front and an "extensively redesigned" multi-link setup in back, with all models getting adaptive damping. Outside of spy shots, we don't think we'll see it until the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.


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      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      Luxury cars are becoming less and less appealing every year with their price hikes. If they didn't offer leases, nobody would be driving these cars.
      Andy M
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't see C-class cars being driven by old people in Tampa Bay; it's the young and middle-aged ones. I've seen quite a few elderly folks driving E-class, some in S-class.
        hgeorgech
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andy M
        and likely 60-70% are leased .. same as BMW as the drivers really cannot afford to buy 'em .. and/or they're company cars (also, almost ALL leased)
          jason32379
          • 1 Year Ago
          @hgeorgech
          Can't afford to buy them? How about just wanting a new car every two or three years without having to deal with eating thousands in depreciation costs on trade-in? Leasing is FAR easier in this regards - You pay for the use of the car. Durrrrr
      jessesrq
      • 1 Year Ago
      I never thought of the C-class as a grandparents' car. In the States it's always been a first step towards luxury car ownership (or lease-ship?) for the young and upwardly mobile. A big part of the appeal is that it is about $100 more per month to lease a RWD car with brand cachet compared to a well-equipped FWD family sedan. If the C-class gets more expensive and the CLA competes in price with the 328i/A4/TL/Q50/etc. as a FWD compact, then a big segment of potential buyers may skip the M-B dealership.
      Paul M
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...will be worked through a six-speed manual..." Somehow I doubt it, but if that's true (and it's not just on some stripped-down model like the C-Class I considered a couple years ago), count me in! Seriously, the rest of the car was fine (if a little under-powered). But give us a manual and diesel and you've got a wining combo.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Proportions look good on this. Look how short that front overhang is
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Scrunch (is that a word?) the new E-class front fascia together in the dimensions shown in the camo pic and there's your new C.
      AGSHOP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully they up the interior quality to at least the japanese levels. then I might consider one.
      Rr778
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would've nice to see the c class move up from being a high schoolers car to an adult car. On the other side of the coin it would be nice to see some downward price pressure to reflect the value better
        Richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rr778
        SOuthern half of Europe in flames, China slowing dramatically, US culture demonizing success and affluence (sorry your little house didn't double in value dumbass). German automakers response? Raise all prices!
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Six-speed manual? Wow- that will be the first time in a decade that MB sells a stick shift! As to the new C-class, I'm afraid it will just be overshadowed by the much better looking CLA.
        wooootles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Manual's probably for Europe only. And the CLA will be a FWD-based AWD (here in the USA) so there will still be appeal for the C-class
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Hopefully they offer the diesel with a manual. BMW is unfortunately denying that combination to their customers, so I don't have much hope for MB.
      chimbros
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new (2014) C Class should have FOB key as standard feature like BMW and many others, also back-up camera and parking sonsors should be available as an option. In 2013 Canadian C Class are not available for some of these features, which should not be consider as luxury car. You can get all these features as option in Toyota Corrola - which is the low end of Toyota cars !!
        Feurig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chimbros
        Keyless-GO is an option, which doesn't require you to stick the fob in. Also, backup camera and parking sensors are certainly options...
          chimbros
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Feurig
          In Canada, we can not get keyless go in 2013 C class models, that is why I am holding back and hoping 2014 will be available. I know what is Keyless go is. I have 2012 BMW 3 and 2010 Infiniti G37. they both come with fob key (key in my pocket will open doors and run the car)backup camera and parking sensors.
      BC
      • 1 Year Ago
      "far more dramatic" Translation: uglier and more tasteless.
      RudyH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't the CLA FWD? What's if I want a RWD sedan that isn't a boat that an old man would drive? You know the reason why you use to buy a 3-series, C-Class, IS etc? Toilet goes automotive industry...
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RudyH
        Frankly, who even cares if their luxo-barge is RWD or not? Are you going drifting in your c-class? The Audi A4 is selling perfectly well . There is no problem with FWD. This is not 1985 when car makers couldn't figure out how to make a FWD car with more than 150hp without crippling torque steer.
        chimbros
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RudyH
        CLA is A Class not C Class. Same goes to CLS is S class not C Class.
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