Mercedes' head of Research and Development has confirmed plans to build a long-wheelbase C-Class for China.

Mercedes' head of Research and Development has confirmed plans to build a long-wheelbase C-Class for China.

Speaking to Reuters, Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber said "There will be a long-wheelbase version for the specific needs of Chinese clients. This car will be built in China, exclusively for that market."

There's no word on specifications but the standard model is 95mm longer and 40mm wider than its predecessor. The 2014 C-Class also has a 2840mm long wheelbase which is 80mm longer than the outgoing model.

As we have previously reported, the 2014 C-Class will be launched with three engines including:

  • A 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel with 170 HP (125 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol with 156 HP (115 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol with 184 HP (135 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque

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