A near perfect blend of modern and luxury.
Not sure exactly how much the new C-Class will be. But it seems to be a huge step up from the new CLA. I sat in a few CLA models and can honestly say that they are nice, but nothing special.
Interior quality is fine, but not better than most cheaper mid sized cars .
This, on the other hand, looks very special and upscale.
Sure, it does look a lot like the S-Class. But I don't see it as a bad thing.
A small Mercedes that looks like the big $100 000 one is still better than the big Audi A8 being a clone of the much cheaper A4.