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The front of the 2015 Mercedes C-Class compact executive sedan. Daimler is expected to unveil the car at the next auto show in Detroit in January. Daimler

Daimler AG (FRA:DAI) dropped some teaser photos of the exterior of the 2015 C-Class competitor to BMW’s 3-Series while also showing clear shots of the interiors of the C-Class executive sedan and the V-Class multi-purpose family van.

The outside of the fourth-generation C-Class is still under wraps, but the interior debuts the touch-sensitive Comand navigation technology, reducing many of the buttons and dials on the previous iteration with a touch sensitive control mechanism. It adds a 7-inch dash monitor as a standard, upgradable to 8.4 inches.

The new C-Class will be over 200 pounds lighter with its hybrid steel-aluminum construction, offer three different suspension configurations and the new Mercedes Rear Drive Architecture (MRA) chassis. The new C-Class will add 4 inches to the wheelbase too, squeezing out some interior space. External shots of the vehicle are currently unavailable, though auto blogger Paul Tan obtained back in August this image purporting to be a clear photo of much of the car’s side profile.

Interior shots of C-Class and V-Class van were also released recently showing the direction Mercedes is going with its dashboard configuration and how it envisions integrating wireless and touch-sensitive controls.

The V-Class replaces the current Viano and it will be unveiled in March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and go on sale shortly after. It shows a very similar set of dashboard controls. The Mercedes van is not available in the U.S. where buyers tend to prefer crossover SUVs but there is speculation that Daimler will float its luxury family carrier.

The van will include tiered seating and a split rear gate that will allow the window to open separately. Because it’s being marketed as a family car the V-Class will also come loaded with safety features already found in the S- and E-Class, including blind spot monitoring and full parking assistance.