Development of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is
progressing, as these spy photos show one prototype wearing less camo
than we’ve seen before.
With the all-new CLA heading to showrooms, the C-Class will grow to better split the difference between the new entry-level model and the redesigned E-Class.
Though more traditional looking than the swooping CLA with its upright
front grille, the new C-Class has a more arcing greenhouse and shorter
trunk compared to the current model. Out back, S-Class-esque taillights peek out from behind the camouflage.
The production-spec C-Class sedan is expected to appear at the 2014 Detroit auto show and go sale next summer, while coupe and a new convertible body style will go on sale in early 2015.
The next C-Class gets a revised powertrain lineup that may include a
Nissan-built 2.0-liter turbo I-4, as well as a diesel engine (probably
the GLK250 Bluetec’s 2.1-liter turbodiesel I-4) and a hybrid model.
Mercedes all-wheel-drive system will also be available.
Mercedes will build the next-generation C-Class
alongside M-, GL-, and R-Class SUVs in its Tuscaloosa, Alabama
production plant – the first time the C-Class will be built in the U.S.