In cars, Mercedes-Benz, Spyshots / By Jonathan Lee / 24. November 2020 12:16 pm / 1 comment
The next-gen Mercedes-Benz C-Class is likely to be unveiled sooner rather than later, and these spyshots show that the W206 is almost ready for its reveal. The prototype shown here is practically finished on the outside and only camouflaged at the front and back.
The photos show most clearly how similar the proportions and basic silhouette are to the current model. As with the latest S-Class, the shoulder line has been minimized and moved further down to the window line, although the smaller model doesn’t get the cool retractable door handles of its larger sibling. We can also see that the hood of this avant-garde model has two bumps that are no longer limited to AMG models.
Of course, thanks to an earlier leak, we have already seen the entire front end and shown a face that follows the S-Class and the revised E-Class. There’s a much wider six-point grille, trapezoidal headlights, and a full-width bone-shaped air intake above a center intake. In the meantime, it is expected that the rear will be equipped with triangular taillights, which were first seen on the CLS, but with the license plate recess on the trunk lid.
Earlier spyshots have shown that the interior is also very different from the current W205. As with the S-Class, there will be a free-standing instrument display and an infotainment touchscreen on a waterfall-like center console, with ventilation slots on the dashboard. The C-Class will get discrete climate control, though, although it remains to be seen whether a larger portrait touchscreen (which should incorporate climate control if offered) will be available as an option.
In an interview with the Australian CarsGuide, Mercedes boss Ola Källenius said that the C-Class will be a “little S-Class”, so it should get many (if not all) of the new functions. This will likely include the latest driver assistance systems, with level 3 semi-autonomous driving already promised for the S-Class in the second half of 2021. The new augmented reality head-up display and 3D instrument display could also appear.
In terms of engines, it is to be expected that the C-Class will be offered for the first time with a full four-cylinder range. It wasn’t just supposed to get the new M254 2 of the W213 facelift. 0-liter turbo gasoline engine and a similarly sized OM654 turbodiesel (both with a 48-volt mild hybrid system), but also the full-fat AMG C 63 will be a four-pot instead of a V8 and get along with the A 45 M139 2. 0 liter grinder with hybrid technology.
We should be less than a year away from the W206 launch – Källenius said the new C-Class launch will be nine months behind the S-Class, which would bring it somewhere in June. Check out the renders by resident Photoshop assistant Theophilus Chin to see what the car will look like.
From some angles it looks more angular, a bit like the W204, as it has lost the curved lines of the W205. Presumably the front and back is the only way to tell this apart from the design of the W204 and W205.
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