It seems that for any sedan – luxury or otherwise – to flourish in the Chinese auto market, it must offer a long-wheelbase model. Recent news of Chinese-exclusive stretch jobs includes the Infiniti M, BMW 3 Series and even the Hyundai Elantra, and now Reuters is reporting that Mercedes will offer its all-new 2015 C-Class with a long wheelbase for Chinese buyers.

There are no specifics about this lengthened C-Class, but Mercedes board member Thomas Weber told Reuters that the long-wheelbase model would be built and sold in China. With production of the 2015 C-Class occurring in four countries (US, China, Germany and South Africa), Mercedes will be able to match specific models to local markets. A station wagon, which we've already seen in spy photos, was also confirmed in the conversation with Weber, but there's still no word regarding a next-gen C-Class Coupe.


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      jamiescale
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car will be called "C-Class Extended" or "E-Class" for short
      ffelix422
      • 1 Year Ago
      So far I think this is the best interpretation of MB's new design language. S-Class: ok. CLA: juvenile and gaudy.
      MotionDesigner
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's retarded if the Chinese want a longer wheelbase "anything" just to be chauffeured around. I understand an S-Class, 7-Series, or any other higher end luxury car like Rolls Royce. But a C-Class isn't exactly chauffeur material... even a Hyundai Elantra? Are they that desperate for attention over there?
      AntBee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course they are! Everyone build all of your cars with long wheelbases for China! So sick of hearing about the Chinese car market. Yes, it is huge, and yes it has become number one in the world marketplace for cars and whatever else can be sold there. One day, it will all fall apart, then what will they do? What goes up, must come down, right? Any economist worth his salt will tell you that China's economy cannot be sustained as it is for too much longer.
        LW
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AntBee
        yes, china has their banks pump so much money into their economy, inflating the prices of every piece of asset out there, so that people who has no money except the roof they live under, can mortgage their home so they can buy more, until it cannot be sustained anymore.....oops, that's not china.
        Famsert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AntBee
        Bitter much?
        Spartan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AntBee
        China is becoming the new #1 in the world. Our service based economy will be the downfall of America because we're not producing much these days.
          LW
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spartan
          but our wa11 st peeps haven invented a way to make money w/o having to mfg anything, although the money made is only for themselves, everybody else has to wait for the trickle down theory to take effect.
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      AAAAAAAAAARRRRGGHHH!!! It's called the E-Class!!
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        breaking news: there will be a strechted E-Class as well
        Burabus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        Asian countries usually have insane import taxes. Probably cheaper to stretch a C class than to get an E Class.
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      These days car seats are very thick, if they only developed a way to make them thinner while keeping all the comfort you could add 3 inches of space just by updating front seats.
        Eggmania
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        has to be a safety thing during crashes. it would be a nightmare to have the seat collapse or impale you during a crash.
        Hernan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Actually this is a good idea. I've been on some airplanes recently with super thin seats designed by Recaro which add a huge amount of leg room without sacrificing comfort. I'm sure safety was NOT compromised. Also, think of car racing seats, those are also very thin and light without compromising safety. http://www.recaro-as.com/
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wiki says that according to 2002 study Average Height of a Chinese male is 5'5, Germany is 5'10, Netherlands is 6'0+, so why do they need more legroom?
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        because rich people there have their own drivers and prefer sitting on rear seats. The longer wheelbase is of particular benefit to rear-seat.
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @piggybox
          So you saying ego needs few more inches of legroom?
          Dean
          • 1 Year Ago
          @piggybox
          ...can't believe I actually agree with Seal...
        H.E. Pennypacker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        space is a luxury everyone enjoys, regardless of height. i'm sure if the market would support an extended c in europe, they'd sell it there.
        juststudent
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Younger generation in middle class or up tend to be higher than that, especially male. 5'8 to 6'2+ is a bit norm. Even my 13 yrs old nephew is already 5'4 (we're chinese descendant). Height aside, having spacious legroom is bliss for me, you can stretch your leg (some fancier cars even give you ottoman) and apparently it's social status thingie in China as well.
        Famsert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        5'5" includes rural Chinese who grew up nutritionally deficient. These cars are for the nouveau rich of China. The teenagers who have their benz bought for them and grew up eating like Americans. These Chinese kids are much, much taller and bigger. Go to Shanghai one day and you'll see what I mean.
      D E S I G N
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks a lot like the suzuki kizashi, wow...how sad.
        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @D E S I G N
        you know what, it kinda does on the rear
      Ricky
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not just get an e-class??
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whats with China and the long wheelbase?
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      why not just have a pedal powered car, since it is the chauffeur that is driving it. As long as there is enough space in the back seat to have your mistress pour you tea.
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well since I can't afford a Mercedes, but insist on being chauffeured, I guess I'll just wait for the extended wheelbase Smart car to be released. /s
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