But will it come to the US this time?
Mercedes-Benz currently sells two wagon models in the United States: the rugged E-Class All-Terrain and the sporty E63 S Wagon. Europe also receives a wagon variant of the C-Class, with both C43 and C63 AMG flavors, though they are not offered stateside despite petitions from fans. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG C43 is gearing up for a major refresh, possibly including a name change to C53. So far, we've only seen spy shots of the rumored C53 Sedan, but now, our photographers have captured the wagon variant.
This is the first time we've spotted the next-generation C43/C53 Wagon model out testing. We've seen the standard C-Class Wagon undergoing some winter testing, but this is our first look at the AMG variant. The C-Class Wagon isn't currently offered in the US, though it is sold in Canada. Perhaps this new model could finally make the trip stateside after a multi-generational hiatus from the market.
We can tell that this is the mid-level AMG model, not the C63, based on the four round exhaust tips. The C63 wears squared tips. Although it is mostly covered by camouflage, the signature Panamericana grille is clearly visible, distinguishing this as an AMG model. The prototype also wears larger brakes, a sportier front fascia, and a set of aggressive wheels.
There's still some mystery surrounding what will power the C43/C53. The current 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 used in the 43 models is on its way out, and all of the new 53 models use a mild-hybrid inline-six engine. Rumors suggest that the C63 may drop its V8 in favor of a hybridized four-cylinder, so we doubt the mid-tier AMG model would offer more cylinders than the flagship C-Class. The C43/C53 could also go for a turbocharged four-banger with a mild-hybrid assist instead of a full hybrid like the C63.
So, how likely is Mercedes to offer the C-Class Wagon in the US market? Just like Audi, which sells the A6 Allroad and RS6 Avant in the US, Mercedes can justify offering two low-volume wagon models because the engines and body are already certified to meet local regulations. The 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six in the E-Class All-Terrain and the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the E63 are both used in other Mercedes models, meeting emissions regulations, and having both models helps spread out the costs for crash testing the wagon body style.
It's still an unlikely scenario, but Mercedes could bring out a C-Class All-Terrain to rival the Audi A4 Allroad and Volvo V60 Cross Country. Doing so would help diversify the cost of federalizing the C-Class Wagon, though we doubt Mercedes wants to offer four wagons in a crossover-loving market.