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First pictures of the production-ready Mercedes C-class leaked on the web
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29 October 2013

The new Mercedes C-class has been shown in its final production form for the first time, following a series of leaked photographs on the internet.

These images first appeared on a Spanish blog site, and appear to show the production-ready C-class months ahead of its public debut at the Detroit motor show next January.

The new model aims to take the fight to its premium rivals by adopting a new rear-wheel-drive platform that will be shared in part with the new E-class and S-class.

Developed under the internal codename of W205, the next-geneartion C-class will also see the addition of a liftback model, conceived to take on the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 3-series GT.

Based on the MRA architecture, the new C-class will also stretch by as much as 90mm over the older model to distance the car from the CLA in Mercedes' range.

A new lineup of four, six and eight-cylinder engines will be offered alongside various hybrid options. To read the full scoop on the C-class's specifications, click here.

Mercedes also recently revealed the results of its crash tests for the new C-class.

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Roadster 30 October 2013

Boring

For a Mercedes, this looks almost radical, but it's still another dull and staid looking German car. Jaguar's rival is so going to blow this, and the A4 and 3-Series, out of the water for style and desirability inside and out, while it's a safe bet that it will trounce its rivals dynamically, while probably also sporting better engines, gearboxes and material quality too like the current Jaguar and Land Rover products do. The Jaguar is merely a class leader in waiting and those who will argue against this are merely kidding themselves.

And for anyone who thinks I 'm biased towards Jaguar, I own the most recent Saab 9-3 convertible and for style, desirability, dynamics and quality, it's streets ahead it's German rivals while I think Jaguar, Volvo and the Italians are the only ones who can match Saab's style.

There are some good German cars, with the odd handful being exceptional, but many are overpriced and don't possess the talent, quality, build or style to justify their higher than average prices. Those who buy a 1 Series, 3 Series, A3, A4, Golf, E Class, S Class etc are merely following the herd and know very little about what a good and quality car is. That's why I went Swedish.

Lanehogger 1 November 2013

Roadster wrote:For a

Roadster wrote:
For a Mercedes, this looks almost radical, but it's still another dull and staid looking German car. Jaguar's rival is so going to blow this, and the A4 and 3-Series, out of the water for style and desirability inside and out, while it's a safe bet that it will trounce its rivals dynamically, while probably also sporting better engines, gearboxes and material quality too like the current Jaguar and Land Rover products do. The Jaguar is merely a class leader in waiting and those who will argue against this are merely kidding themselves. And for anyone who thinks I 'm biased towards Jaguar, I own the most recent Saab 9-3 convertible and for style, desirability, dynamics and quality, it's streets ahead it's German rivals while I think Jaguar, Volvo and the Italians are the only ones who can match Saab's style. There are some good German cars, with the odd handful being exceptional, but many are overpriced and don't possess the talent, quality, build or style to justify their higher than average prices. Those who buy a 1 Series, 3 Series, A3, A4, Golf, E Class, S Class etc are merely following the herd and know very little about what a good and quality car is. That's why I went Swedish.
I do find your comments about German cars amusing. I admit, their styling inside and out can be conservative and staid, and because of that they may look less enticing and interesting than many rivals but that doesn't mean they're not desirable, while the understated look does exude class and style which many find appealing. Will Jaguar's rival to the 3-Series beat it and every other rival? It may do, it may not, but to say it's a given that it will is laughable. And if you think it's a given because you feel the engines, gearboxes and material quality in German cars are inferior, you really are deluded. Jaguar has great engines but they're not up there with the best (the new 'hotfire' engines may well be) and I'd be hard pressed to say that the equivalent Jaguar engines in, say a BMW or Mercedes, are inferior. Jaguar Supercharged 5.0 V8 or Merc's AMG Turbo 5.5 V8? No contest really. And aren't some of Jaguar's gearboxes German and shared with BMW? As for material quality, I'm sorry but Jaguar and Land Rover trail their German rivals. Their interiors may look superb, appealing and desirable, and while the materials aren't exactly shoddy, they're not a patch on many cars from VW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes or BMW. Have you been in a XJ for example? It looks lovely inside, but the plastics wouldn't even come close to a Golf's, yet alone a Panamera's. And a 9-3 better than, say, a 3-Series? Really? Ahve you driven a 3-Series? I'd say the Saab looks fabulous and is more stylish inside and out than the BMW (or a C-Class, Passat or A4), but handling, ride, steering, space, performance, economy, comfort, build, material quality that tops all of them? The 9-3 may be better in some areas, but I doubt they're major areas and I think I'm not alone in saying that as nice and great looking as a 9-3 is, it doesn't even come close to any of its German rivals. To suggest a 9-3 handles, steers, stops and rides better than a 3-Series is laughable, and it's interior quality and refinement is blown away by the BMW. Not all German cars are great and some are awful, and some people do buy them because of the badge and perhaps because they don't know much about cars and see the German motors as a status symbol, but to say they're all outclassed in all areas is nonsense. Many are class leaders and for good reason. The Golf, 3-Series, Boxster, Cayman, 911 and S-Class are class leaders by a comfortable margin because they're genuinely brilliant.
Bobstardeluxe 2 November 2013

Do you even believe you own words...

Roadster wrote:
For a Mercedes, this looks almost radical, but it's still another dull and staid looking German car. Jaguar's rival is so going to blow this, and the A4 and 3-Series, out of the water for style and desirability inside and out, while it's a safe bet that it will trounce its rivals dynamically, while probably also sporting better engines, gearboxes and material quality too like the current Jaguar and Land Rover products do. The Jaguar is merely a class leader in waiting and those who will argue against this are merely kidding themselves. And for anyone who thinks I 'm biased towards Jaguar, I own the most recent Saab 9-3 convertible and for style, desirability, dynamics and quality, it's streets ahead it's German rivals while I think Jaguar, Volvo and the Italians are the only ones who can match Saab's style. There are some good German cars, with the odd handful being exceptional, but many are overpriced and don't possess the talent, quality, build or style to justify their higher than average prices. Those who buy a 1 Series, 3 Series, A3, A4, Golf, E Class, S Class etc are merely following the herd and know very little about what a good and quality car is. That's why I went Swedish.
Every comment you make is often JLR product is superior and blow the Germans out if the water ... Really really .. Haven't read road test yet that states jaguar has fine that !have you ? If so please publish the links for us.. JLR does make some good looking product , the only completely stand out leader in JLR portfolio is the range rover. The rest compete well but are not by why means class leaders .. And engine wise I am sorry Mercs big engines and high performance ang engines are superior to jag in character , sound and performance . Quality wise the Germans are ahead also .. Reliability wise most agree this us JLR Achilles heel, although much improved in recent years. Anyway to state that JLR product is leagues ahead like you do is to assume the rest of the motoring world are ignorant .. So please stop with ur constant drivel
JamesX 30 October 2013

Love it!

Definitely the best looking compact executive car out there - although, I need to see it in the flesh first.. The interior looks just awesome and well put together!

Bobstardeluxe 30 October 2013

i quiet like it

I dont see the fussyness..yes it has two big lines arcoss the side..aprt from that what fussy.. it quiet a clean design. with some character..i like

I think it far better than the 3 series saloon and has more character than the Audi which all look the same ( I am a A4 driver and am so bored with my car- it has great quaility and premium feel interior wise but just no character on the outisde and honestly I dont feel like I am driving a prestige car, just something that is one step up from a Passat)

Only thing I miss on Merc's these days is the 3 pointed star standing proud on the bonnet rather than the big star on the centre of the grill. I know it gives a more sporty look that merc is after and that is fine for the sport/AMG models.. but I remember as a kid looking through the window at the star standing proud on his E230 TE..i guess like the lady on the Rolls Royce it shouted heritage and prestige, a nice feel good factor.

bomb 30 October 2013

Bobstardeluxe wrote: I am a

Bobstardeluxe wrote:

I am a A4 driver and am so bored with my car-

New one coming next year.

MikeSpencer 2 November 2013

Bobstardeluxe wrote: Only

Bobstardeluxe wrote:
Only thing I miss on Merc's these days is the 3 pointed star standing proud on the bonnet rather than the big star on the centre of the grill.
Haven't the three-pointed stars been replaced by flat badges because of EU pedestrian regulations? The 'Spirit of Ecstasy' bonnet ornament on a RR disappears into the grille if it is struck.
Bobstardeluxe 2 November 2013

MikeSpencer

MikeSpencer wrote:
Bobstardeluxe wrote:
Only thing I miss on Merc's these days is the 3 pointed star standing proud on the bonnet rather than the big star on the centre of the grill.
Haven't the three-pointed stars been replaced by flat badges because of EU pedestrian regulations? The 'Spirit of Ecstasy' bonnet ornament on a RR disappears into the grille if it is struck.
The Mercs star always was mounted on a flexible base which if impacted bent backwards .. So think it complies with all safety rules..I could be wrong
MikeSpencer 3 November 2013

Bobstardeluxe

Bobstardeluxe wrote:
MikeSpencer wrote:
Bobstardeluxe wrote:
Only thing I miss on Merc's these days is the 3 pointed star standing proud on the bonnet rather than the big star on the centre of the grill.
Haven't the three-pointed stars been replaced by flat badges because of EU pedestrian regulations? The 'Spirit of Ecstasy' bonnet ornament on a RR disappears into the grille if it is struck.
The Mercs star always was mounted on a flexible base which if impacted bent backwards .. So think it complies with all safety rules..I could be wrong
I think the main reason Mercedes Benz switched to the large grille-mounted star is they hide the radar sensor for the adaptive cruise control behind it. But I could be wrong, too!