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Beijing LIVE: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C260 L

The long-wheelbase C-Class gains approximately 2.3 inches.

Mercedes has presented a long-wheelbase version of the new 2015 C-Class called C260 L at the Beijing Motor Show.

Designed to take on similarly stretched variants of the BMW 3-Series, the Audi A4 and the Volvo S60, the C-Class L is 2.3 inches longer than its regular-wheelbase counterpart. The extra space is hardly noticeable when the sedan is viewed from the outside but it is perceptible when sitting in the rear seats.

Power for the long-wheelbase C comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 201 horsepower and 228 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission. The sprint from zero to 62 mph takes 7.6 seconds and top speed is reached at 150 mph.

A six-cylinder engine might be added to the long-wheelbase lineup later in the production run, but a turbodiesel mill will not be offered because oil burner sales are dismal at best in China.

Both the long- and regular-wheelbase variants of the 2015 C will be built in Beijing by a joint-venture between Beijing Automotive and Daimler called Beijing Benz. The factory currently builds regular- and long-wheelbase variants of the E-Class, the last-gen C-Class and the GLK-Class crossover.

The stretched C-Class will go on sale across China in the near future. At the time of writing Mercedes is not planning on selling the long C outside of China.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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