It will start at $38 400 for the base C300.
But like the GLA, this "base" model is only available early next year.
If you want a new C-Class right now (August 25th), you'll have to spend $40 400 for the C300 4MATIC.
Or $48 590 for the V6 C400 4MATIC.
Just like with BMW, these names don't mean anything anymore.
With the C300, you are NOT getting a 3.0 Liter engine.
You are getting a 2.0 Liter with 241HP.
And you are NOT getting a 4.0 Liter with the C400, you are getting a 3.0 Liter with 329HP.
(I guess some marketing genius thinks calling a car C200 sounds cheap...)
The new model is about $6000 more than the "old" one. Which is quite a jump.
Actually making sense for them since it allows more room for the new CLA.
But it is also about $6000 more than a base 3 series from BMW. And even more compared to a base Audi A4.
So Mercedes isn't trying to compete on pricing. Looks like they are positioning themselves at the top.
It will start at $31 300. Or $1400 more than the CLA sedan it is based on.
Which is a really good price.
After sitting in both, I can tell you that the GLA is much roomier, especially in the back.
It's basically a better looking hatchback version of the sedan.
It comes standard with Power lift gate, Chrome roof rails (who cares) memory seats.
But the base model won't be available until early 2015.
If you want one now (or next month that is), you'll have to get the GLA250 4Matic (AWD) for $33 300.
And the AMG version will set you back $48 300.
Land Rover has just released official pictures of a camouflaged prototype of their new SUV.
So we can actually see the whole shape.
And where the seats are. They also mentioned that, in the UK, it will offer 7 seats.
From the picture above, it looks like these last 2 seats are about an inch from the hatch.
It doesn't look like adults can actually fit back there.
So this will probably not be offered here.
This is supposed to compete directly with the all new Mercedes GLK.
We should see the whole thing really soon since it will be introduced next month.
Even though it has been around for over 6 years now, the CC still looks great.
I have been curious about this car for a while, and was really happy to finally get to drive one for a week.
Unfortunately, my test car was the "R-Line" model. Which doesn't really add anything to improve the performance.
But its specific lumber pretty much ruins the front end of the car.
And the whole thing in white doesn't look too exciting ...
It might just be a detail for most, but the 1st thing I noticed is how low the car was. For a sedan.
You notice it even before entering the car, as the door handles are really low. I had to reach down.
Which is really strange for a sedan.
Its like eating at a table that is too low...
Inside, well... It's even older than outside. Since the CC inherited the "old" Passat dashboard.
So it is pretty much a 9 year old interior.
It was already conservative back then. Now it really starts showing its age.
The back seat is actually roomier than I was expecting.
A few things that bugged me after a week. About that "old" interior:
-The B pillar is just so wide. It creates a major blind spot when you're looking over your shoulder.
-The display looks old fashion and cheap. It is both low rez and tiny compared to anything else out there (Except the cheapest Nissan models )
-The key. Not a key but not a push button either. Also old fashion. (Or just plain old.)
-Another annoyance is the placement of the Phone/iPod wire.
Inside the glove compartment. Which makes zero sense .
Also making zero sense is the absence of USB plug. (Just like in any other VWs)
So you need an adapter for anything that isn't an iPhone 4 or 4S.
As far as driving...
Well, the 2.0 Liter and DSG has never been my favorite ( actually one of the worse combo out there).
But over the years, VW has improved it a lot.
The new version of their 2.0 Liter Turbo is much nicer. And the improved DSG does behave better as well.
But in the CC, you get the old stuff.
The combination of Turbo lag and slow to respond DSG is as horrible as it can be.
The engine still has that "quiet diesel" sound when cold (The newer version is much better)
It always feels like it starts in 2nd. (Not sure it actually does, but it sure feels like it)
So there's no power at first.
You can try S mode, but you'll end up being stuck in 4th gear at 80MPH. With the engine doing 3000RPM. (Not the best for gas mileage)
The worst part of the driving experience is in stop and go traffic. Where the car always feels like it is going to stall when slowing down to a stop. Or starting up slowly.
It is just a pain. And it happens every single time.
Something I actually never got used to .
Otherwise, it is really quiet when cruising. Feels super solid.
But the steering is still too light (something common to recent VW models) even though it is quite precise.
It is rated at 22/31 MPG.
I observed 24/35 over a week of driving.
My test car was $34 990. Which, in my opinion, is quite expensive for what it is.
Sure, it looks great. But it lacks a rear view camera, doesn't come with VW's great Fender stereo, etc...
And that old version of the DSG really kills any fun out of driving.
Here is the "regular" front end.
Which fits the rest of the car so much better...
Nothing new really.
Just some new pictures from GM.
I really think the ATS will work better as a coupe.
After test driving one for a week a few months ago, I was surprised how unusable was the rear seat, and the tiny rear doors.
So things won't be much worse with 2 doors, plus it does look a bit better.
It is still pretty boring and really does not stand out in any way.
But at least the proportions seem a bit better to me.
I can't help but remembering the first generation CTS. Which was a car that did stand out in a crowd. With a simple and modern design for its time.
Since, Cadillac has been busy adding lines, chrome and details everywhere.
This, of course, is just an illustration.
As we really knows what Alfa's next mid size sedan will look like.
It was, for a while, rumored to be based on the new Chrysler 200 platform. But now it looks like Alfa will be getting its own RWD platform instead.
Which is a good thing.
The new mid size sedan might be their most important model yet. Since it will compete with the Audi A4, C-Class, 3 Series and Volvo S60. And the all new Jaguar XE.
Quite a crowd. Unlike the new 4C, this could sell in real numbers.
And I really wouldn't mind if it ended up looking like the illustration above, or close to it...
These are better pictures of the all new Mazda2.
And what a great looking little car, inside and out.
Amazingly enough, Mazda has already started building them in Japan today.
No word on the US engine.
But it will probably be the same as the 1.5 Liter used in Japan.
Although we will not be getting the more powerful 1.5 Diesel version here.
If there is one thing.... I haven't seen any pictures of the car with a sunroof. This is something that was missing on the previous version.
Seems that Mazda doesn't care much for sunroofs. Since the 3 and 6 only have that old fashion small one as an option. (No modern glass roofs anywhere in their line up...)
Looking really cute. Pretty much exactly like a smaller Mazda3.
(I guess that's what everyone is doing now. One design for all...)
Interior seems to be a big step forward. More upscale than the current model.
And much better than the Fiesta. (Although I still think the Fiesta hatchback looks great.
Maybe even better than this.)
Power should come from a new 1.5 Liter engine. An all new 1.5 Liter Diesel will also be offered. But not in the US. (Where Mazda has still not introduced the Mazda6 Diesel. Which was scheduled for last year here.)