Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the all new C-Class, and it has grown in size from the CLA. At the same time, it also managed to shed some weight.

The new C-Class is 4,686-mm (184-in) long (+95mm/3.7 in), 1,810-mm (71.3-in) wide (+40mm/1.6in). It has also a 76-mm (3 in) longer wheelbase, at 2,840mm (112 in) compared to the previous model. The rear passengers benefit the most from the increase in size, while the trunk volume of the C-Class has grown to 480 liters (17 cubic feet).

The new C-Class is 100kg lighter, thanks to an intelligent lightweight design concept, due to the aluminum hybrid body which is 70 kg lighter than a conventional steel body. Because of this, fuel consumption dropped up to 20 percent in the new model. The automaker also lowered the center or gravity.

There's a new design language and you'll most likely mistake it for an S-Class in the photos. The exterior looks like a downsized version of their flagship sedan. Its headlights and LED taillights are very similar.

The interior boasts quality materials and the center console features flowing lines and is made of a large one piece panel stretching from the center air vents to the armrest. It has a 7 inch free standing display and leather on the dashboard coupled with fine wood contrast with the metallic cool touch effect of five round air vents.

The 2.1-liter diesel produces 168 hp (170PS) and is the most economical, averaging 4 l/100 km (58.8 mpg US). The C 180 features an 154hp (156PS) 1.6-liter engine that returns 5 l/100 km (47 mpg US), while the C 200 has a 2.0-liter unit producing 181 hp (184PS) and averaging 5.3 l/100 km (44.4 mpg US). The C200 is also the fastest C-Class, sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds.

Mercedes will also roll out new engines, including a 1.6 liter diesel with either 114hp or 134hp as well as versions of the 2.1 liter diesel up to 201hp.

Five four-cylinder petrol engines rated at 154hp (156PS) to 235hp (238PS) will also be available, including the special C 180 ECO Edition model. A six-cylinder petrol engine rated at 329 hp (333PS) will follow later, as well as the C 300 BlueTEC Hybrid pairing the 201hp 2.1-liter diesel with a 20kW (27hp) electric motor for an average fuel consumption of 3.9 l/100 km (60.3 mpg US).