Paris LIVE: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon
The C-Class wagon has landed in Europe, but don\'t expect to see it in U.S. showrooms.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the station wagon version of the new C-Class at the Paris Motor Show.
Stretching 185 inches long, the C wagon is nearly identical to its all-new four-door sedan counterpart from the tip of the front bumper to the B-pillar. Beyond that it gains a sloping roof line accented by brushed aluminum roof rails, a curved D-pillar, elegant horizontal tail lamps and a roof-mounted spoiler. Like the sedan, the wagon can be ordered with one of two different radiator grille designs.
The family-friendly C offers 17.3 cubic feet of trunk space with five passengers on board or 53.3 cubic feet with the second row of seats folded flat. Power-folding rear seats come standard while a hands-free hatch and an air suspension are available at an extra cost.
Mechanically, the wagon will launch with the same four-cylinder engines offered on the European-spec sedan. Buyers will be asked to choose between three gas engines that churn out 156, 184 and 211 horsepower, respectively, and a pair of diesels rated at 170 and 204 ponies. More engines (including two diesel-electric hybrid drivetrains) will be added to the lineup later in the production run, but rumors indicate the range-topping C63 AMG will not be offered as a wagon.
Most engines will be available with either a seven-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual unit. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be available as an option.
The C-Class wagon is on sale now throughout Europe. The wagon will not take on the BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon in the United States but buyers after a more spacious C will reportedly get a sporty hatchback variant aimed squarely at the 3-Series GT.
Live images by Drew Johnson.