This is going to be one sleek-looking luxury sedan.
Now that the all-new 2020 Mercedes S-Class has debuted, the next Mercedes luxury sedan that's due to be replaced is the C-Class. Numerous spy shots of prototypes being tested have given us an early preview of the new car. And since Mercedes boss Ola Kallenius has already confirmed the next C-Class will borrow styling cues and technology from the next-generation S-Class, render artist has been able to produce an accurate render of the upcoming BMW 3 Series rival.
The C-Class is Mercedes' best-selling model by a significant margin so expect the styling changes to be evolutionary. At the front, the digitally-rendered model borrows elements from the facelifted E-Class and the new S-Class.
Slimmer front headlights help modernize the exterior and the grille features some subtle tweaks. The previous model's vertical headlights have also been replaced with horizontal ones that extend into the trunk and the profile sports smoother character lines.
Since the new C-Class is being built on a modified version of the current car's platform, the exterior dimensions aren't expected to change, but the interior will be more spacious and luxurious than ever. Spy shots have also shown the cabin will be upgraded with the latest Mercedes MBUX infotainment system and a fully digital instrument cluster.
Under the hood, expect the new C-Class to be offered with a choice of four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, as well as a more efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain. Mercedes-AMG will also offer new performance variants, including the new C53 that will reportedly replace the C43. This variant is expected to use the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine as the Mercedes-AMG A45 S hot hatch that produces 416 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Topping the range will be the next-generation AMG C63, which is expected to ditch the current model's V8 in favor of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit with electrical assistance increasing the output to over 500 hp. Mercedes will lift the wraps off the all-new C-Class sometime next year.