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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class for 2014

By raccars Published

Test mules for the next generation C-Class have been spotted out and about prior to release in 2014.

The styling seems to be following the same design language already seen on the new A and S-Classes, with a broad front grille and prominent three spoke badge. Bold, upward slanting headlights give the front end a purposeful look and will be powered by the same LED system as the newest E-Class. From the rear, too, there's a look of the S-Class, with a determined shape to the boot and slim twin exhausts slotted smartly into the bumper.

The C-Class is Mercedes' answer to the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, so has rather a lot to live up to. However, the model line up is comprehensive, with estate, C63 AMG and Cabriolet models all planned.

In technical terms, the C-Class will be powered by a very modern and efficient range of petrol and diesel units. Industry rumour has suggested an appearance by a new Nissan four cylinder engine and a plug in hybrid.

The car will be underpinned by Mercedes' MRA modular platform, meaning UK buyers will have access to the firm's 4MATIC four wheel drive set up for the first time, making the C-Class more competitive with Audi's Quattro and BMW's xDrive equipped cars.

In typical Mercedes style, there's likely to be a very generous array of safety and convenience systems on offer – think traffic detention cameras and auto steer, as seen on the E-Class.

The AMG variant will be taking on the Audi RS4 and BMW M3 and will be armed with characteristically rapacious styling. However, it's what's under the bonnet that's most interesting – a twin turbo 4.0 litre V8 will replace the existing model's 6.3 litre unit, and will help the C63 AMG to 62mph within 4.0 seconds. Along with weight saving construction techniques, this will give the new model some serious fuel economy savings. Expect a starting price of about £58,000 and the possibility of a four wheel drive variant.

While spy shots have already appeared on the internet, the official unveiling is not expected until January's Detroit Motor Show, ahead of a summer release date. Saloon and estate models will be shown in tandem. Prices have yet to be confirmed but expect a slight premium over the current C-Class pricing. A Cabriolet is under development but is not likely to hit the streets until a year after the saloon, along with a Coupe.

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