Mercedes to Introduce New C-Class in 2014

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New C-Class to grow in size on a new platform, with sedan, wagon, coupe and (for the first time) convertible versions after it debuts next year.

BMW has just released a new 3 Series, and Audi is preparing to launch an all-new A4. So to keep up with the action, Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch a fresh C-Class next year. Autocar has an extensive array of initial details on what we can expect. Anticipated to bow at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the new C-Class will be the first Mercedes to use the new modular rear-drive architecture (MRA). With the new CLA slotting in below it, the next C can also grow to give it more room inside.

As with the current model, the new C-Class will include sedan, wagon and coupe variants, but will also spawn a convertible version. According to Autocar (this is the exciting part), AMG will make a version of each, powered by the new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 we reported on recently. More mainstream versions will offer four- and six-cylinder engines, ranging from 184 horsepower to 330 in gasoline form and 120-220hp in the diesel column. And that's before the AMG versions are taken into account. Expect a hybrid version as well. 4Matic all-wheel drive will be available with some engines, with either a six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic.

Expect the new C-Class to also take advantage of Daimler's latest safety and comfort technologies, which are at the cutting edge of the industry and promise to bring even further advancements in the coming years. Stylistically, however, Mercedes is reportedly planning a more aggressive and dynamic design in an effort to bring in younger customers, many of whom view the current C-Class as an old person's car.

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