A reveal must be imminent.
Before the end of 2020, we spotted a prototype version of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan, wearing far less camouflaging than previous spy shots. Seeing a test car so exposed typically points towards an imminent reveal, likely sometime in the first half of 2021. Our spy photographers have once again spotted a less disguised C-Class, this time the wagon variant. In previous run-ins with the C-Class Wagon, the car was almost completely cloaked in camo.
As Mercedes peels back the camo, we know have a much better idea of what the refreshed C-Class Wagon will look like. On this occasion, we even spotted two different test mules, giving us a better idea of how the facelifted C-Class will look with and without sports packages.
The white car pictured in the photos is likely a C300 model in its base guise. Those same five-spoke wheels have also been seen on the sedan, which was also finished in white. As for the blue car, it also wears wheels that we have spotted before on a sedan. These 10-spoke wheels likely signify some sort of AMG appearance package that will be available on the C300.
Mercedes has also been seen testing an AMG version of the C-Class Wagon, likely the upcoming C53 model. While the standard C300 could drop in the first half of 2021, we don't foresee the AMG models arriving until later in the year.
We expect the base C300 to keep using a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 255 horsepower. Mercedes is also expected to introduce hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. The C43 with its twin-turbo V6 is expected to be replaced by a C53 model with a mild-hybrid four-cylinder setup, while the C63 could drop its twin-turbo V8 in favor of a full-hybrid four-cylinder setup, if rumors are to be believed.
As for the C-Class Wagon, there is still no official announcement that it will be offered in the United States. Mercedes hasn't offered a wagon C-Class in the US since 2005, and we think it's unlikely that this new model will break that streak.