What first appeared as a replacement for the 190 (W201) range in 1993 and being the smallest model in the marque's lineup at that point, the current C-Class (present version W204) is arguably one of the most well rounded Coupes or Sedans on the market.
Although there are currently not a lot of details on the next generation, the current version having come out 6 years ago, we should be expecting a new C-Class soon, most likely next year at the Detroit Motor Show. At the 2011 edition of it we were delighted to see the facelift Mercedes-Benz brought to the table. However, in the past two years we've also seen quite a number of versions and models come up, depending on the regions.
The new C-Class will have a wide range of engine choices, starting from 1.6 litre and up to 3.0 V6 versions. It will come available in sedan and coupe body styles, both of which are available in C250, C350 and C63 AMG trim levels.
Mercedes will build the car on a new modular architecture called MRA, that will allow the firm to offer its 4MATIC four-wheel drive system on right-hand drive cars for the first time.
You may expect signigicant updates to the amount of safety tech onboard, too. The new C-Class will borrow some systems from the current E-Class. This will include cameras that can detect traffic at junctions, and the ability to steer by itself in a traffic jam. The 2014 car will also be a bit larger, thus creating more legroom in the back.
Standard equipment even on the base C250 includes (to mention a few) automatic climate control, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, a power tilt/sliding sunroof, cruise control, and a HomeLink garage-door opener.
The W204 C-Class is the second best-selling entry-level luxury car in Canada and the United States. Also, last year it featured in the Top 10 Best Selling Cars in Britain with over 37,261 sales. With the 2014 C-Class in the works and initial impressions looking swell, Mercedes will pack some serious competition to Audi and BMW.
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