Mercedes-Benz is smack in the middle of a product offensive, and we now know how much two of its upcoming weapons—the all-new 2015 C-class sedan and GLA-class small crossover—will cost.
With the CLA-class now occupying the bottom rung of the Benz ladder, the C-class no longer has to serve as the brand’s price leader. Having a littler brother also freed it up to become larger and more luxurious, and MSRPs are commensurately higher than before. For its part, Mercedes claims that far higher levels of standard equipment mean that the cost hasn’t increased much at all. The C300 and C400 4MATIC models both go on sale at the end of August, while the rear-drive C300—the C400 won’t be available here with RWD—will arrive in the first quarter of next year. Here’s the breakdown:
2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan: $39, 325, includes turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (241 hp, 273 lb-ft), seven-speed automatic, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone integration and audio streaming, push-button ignition, automatic headlamps, seven-inch display with central knob and touch-pad controls, power tilt and telescope steering column, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding side mirrors, MB-Tex faux-leather upholstery, aluminum interior trim, and more.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Sedan: $41, 325, includes all of the above plus all-wheel drive.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C400 4MATIC Sedan: $49, 515, includes all of the above plus twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 (329 hp, 354 lb-ft), seven-speed automatic, four-piston fixed front brake calipers, Premium package (heated front seats, SiriusXM satellite radio, Burmester premium audio, LED headlamps, and proximity entry), and Sport package (open-pore matte-black ash wood interior trim, 18-inch AMG wheels, sport suspension, AMG body kit, black headliner, sport seats, flat-bottom steering wheel, cross-drilled front brake rotors, aluminum pedal caps, AMG floor mats, and stitched MB-Tex dashboard cover).
2015 Mercedes-Benz C250 (Euro-spec)
C300 buyers will need to spend $2700 for the Premium pack and $2500 for the Sport bundle, although they also have the option of the Luxury package, which costs $650 and brings unique 17-inch wheels, a comfort suspension, a three-pointed-star hood ornament, wood interior trim, and the MB-Tex–lined dash.
Extracost options for all C-classes include any paint color other than basic white or black ($720), a Lighting package ($800; adaptive high beams and dynamic headlamps), the Multimedia package ($2690; navigation, 10-gigabyte hard-drive storage, 8.4-inch high-res screen, CD/DVD player, SD slot, SiriusXM Traffic and Weather, and backup camera), and the fragrance diffuser as seen on the S-class ($350). Also on offer: Airmatic air springs ($1190), an Interior package ($2300; leather upholstery, ventilated seats, ambient lighting, illuminated doorsills, and power and memory passenger’s seat), the Driver Assistance pack ($2800; Distronic Plus automatic cruise control with auto braking, active blind-spot and lane-keeping assists, as well as Pre-Safe Plus rear-end collision protection, steering assist, and Brake Assist Plus with cross-traffic detection), and a package that bundles hands-free trunk access with a power-closing trunklid ($250).
The 2014 C-class started with the rear-drive $36, 725 C250 Sport and its 201-hp 1.8-liter turbo four. The $40, 325 C300 4MATIC used a 3.5-liter V-6 good for 248 horsepower, while the $43, 025 rear-wheel-drive C350 Sport topped the lineup with a 302-horse V-6. For competitive comparison, the 2015 BMW 3-series lineup begins at $33, 700 for the 180-hp 320i. The more directly comparable 3-series models—the 240-hp 328i and the 300-hp 335i—start at $38, 350 and $44, 450, respectively, with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive costs an additional $2000.
Mercedes also released pricing on the GLA250 and GLA45 AMG sans in-depth options information. Both the 208-hp GLA250 4MATIC and the 355-hp GLA45 AMG 4MATIC scoot onto our shores in September, and they’ll cost $34, 225 and $49, 225. The front-drive GLA250 will run $32, 225 when it arrives early next year. All use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The CLA-class sedan—with which the GLA shares its platform and powertrain lineup—costs $1400 less in basic guise and with 4MATIC; it’s just $850 less with the AMG treatment.