The camo is starting to drop on the new Mercedes C-Class.
While the new 2021 Mercedes S-Class has been hogging all the spotlight with its crazy new technology, Mercedes is also preparing to launch the redesigned C-Class. With its comparatively affordable price tag, the C-Class is one of Mercedes' best-selling models, so the all-new version is undoubtedly an important new model for the German automaker. Prototype models have been spied for several years now as Mercedes continues to refine the baby S-Class.
It looks like the new C-Class is getting closer to production, however, because the prototype in these new photos sent to us by our spies has significantly less camouflage than before.
Shown in a sedan body style, the new C-Class appears to have similar proportions to its predecessor and borrows styling cues from the new S-Class and E-Class facelift. Only the front and rear are covered up, giving us a clearer look at the new C-Class's sleek body.
At the front, the new C-Class is fitted with slimmer headlights, giving the car a more contemporary appearance. The old model's vertical headlights have also been replaced with horizontal ones extending into the trunk. Overall, the exterior changes will be subtle, but the sleeker styling will help the C-Class compete with the new BMW 3 Series. Essentially, the C-Class will be a mini version of the new S-Class, which means some of the flagship sedan's technology will also carry over.
We don't have any new shots of the cabin to share, but expect the interior to be upgraded with a fully digital instrument cluster with 3D graphics and a larger portrait-style touchscreen latest MBUX infotainment system.
A range of four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines will be offered for the new C-Class, along with a plug-in hybrid option. If you want more performance, the new AMG C53 is expected to utilize the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine found in the A45 S. In the hot hatch, this produces 416 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Slotting above the C53 will be the new C63, which is rumored to have over 500 hp thanks to an electrified 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Deliveries of the new C-Class are expected to start in summer 2021. Now that the camo has started to drop, we're expecting its world debut to take place later this year or early next year.