Just check out how finished it looks.
Mercedes-Benz must be gearing up to show off the production C-Class soon. The German automaker has been spotted testing multiple versions of the next-generation compact luxury sedan, which will use the internal code designation W206, including a wagon body style and several AMG variants. The current W205 generation 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been around since 2014, so the new W206 couldn't come at a better time.
Though we've spotted the new C-Class testing on multiple occasions, this latest example proves that the Mercedes will likely reveal the production version very soon. This lovely blue prototype is wearing barely any camouflage, meaning it must be a near-production test mule.
This is the least camouflage that we've seen on the upcoming C-Class, giving us our best look yet at the upcoming styling changes. While not a massive departure from the W205, the W206 looks sharper in the front with more aggressive headlights and a larger grille. It's hard to tell for sure with the camo, but the headlights remind us a bit of the latest CLA-Class. In the back, the taillights appear to be positioned horizontally rather than vertically like the current C-Class.
Based on the wheels, this is likely the entry-level C300, which should continue to use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing around 255 horsepower. Mercedes will also offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain in this generation, including some electrified AMG models.
The V6-powered C43 variant could be replaced by a new C53 model, using a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a mild hybrid assist with over 400 hp on tap, topping the 385 hp figure in the current C43. Above it will continue to sit the flagship C63 model, which is rumored to drop its V8 in favor of a four-cylinder hybrid combination producing over 500 hp.
The W206 C-Class should be revealed in earlier 2021, while the C53 and C63 models may be saved for late 2021 or early 2022 debuts.