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2014 Mercedes C-Class full body prototype first spy photos

 2014 Mercedes C-Class full body prototype first spy photos
2014 Mercedes C-Class full body prototype spy photo / S.B. Medien

The first full body prototypes for the new Mercedes C-Class have been caught by our spies while undergoing early testing in cold weather conditions. It is due to hit the market in late 2013 or early 2014.

Development engineers at Mercedes appear to have gone to fairly extreme lengths to protect the styling from prying eyes. The black panels that have been placed over the sheet metal hide almost all design lines.

The shape of the panel covering the grille on the front fascia hints that this aspect may be a little more oval than on its predecessor. Of what we can see of the headlights, it shows hints of the styling used by the new CLS, a little higher and wider than the current C-Class and it wraps round from the front end to the side panels giving an overall sportier appeal.

It is a little too early to confidently predict the engine options that the next generation C-Class will employ. There have been rumours that Mercedes are developing three-cylinder engines, but it is more likely the C-Class will get four-cylinder units that would reduce the engine to operating on just 2-cylinders when less power is needed.

What we can confidently predict is that the C-Class will be getting hybrid options. If the products already offered by the German manufacturer are any indication, we should see the petrol and diesel units coupled with an electric motor that develops around 27 PS (20 kW / 27 hp).

 

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Bonganie
After all these years the C-class still looks beautiful (even before facelift) and it has always been the norm that the C always design cues from the S (not a copy though as the easy to differentiate), so we just have to wait until the new S is reaveled first
Jan 30, 2012 6:54 am
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LWE7
Mercedes too me just lost the ball a long time ago. Their cars are for old people, Audi & BMW are much more appeling to me. (I'm a teenager)
Jan 30, 2012 5:59 am
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Roken
Dear Lord. No car brand is for "old people". I'm young, and I have a love affair with Merc/AMG. Appreciating any car brand is exceedingly subjective preference based on your own prejudices. You will never convince someone who wants to buy a BMW to go and buy an Audi, and indeed vice versa. There's no wrong answer, just enjoy the brand you like rather than making bland assumptions about what demographic likes what brand. :P On Topic: Looks like the new C has stolen it's wing mirrors from the SLS! :D
Jan 30, 2012 6:54 am
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///AMG
oh yes! finally. cant wait for this one.
Jan 29, 2012 5:55 pm
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automobile007
Wow I remember seeing spy shots of the W203 model testing, they said it'd be a mini s-class
Jan 29, 2012 5:22 pm
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e92miami
I hope it doesn't have that huge 8 inch MB symbol on the grill and 4 strips of LED's as you see in some of their newer models, way to ghetto
Jan 29, 2012 4:30 pm
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///AMG
the MB symbol is a must now. customers love it. and yes it will probably have it also, and a version with normal grill.
Jan 29, 2012 5:55 pm
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ValdesArtHouse
I'm pretty sure it will look like a mini version of the current E class.
Jan 29, 2012 12:39 pm
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Speedoholic
nah, the E-Class's design is a bit outdated now. It'll definitely take cues from the B and ML class (which is great)
Jan 29, 2012 12:50 pm
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ValdesArtHouse
You are probably right. It just seems like everyone is serving the same dish in different sizes.
Jan 29, 2012 1:53 pm
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KevinFXX
But sure they will be more DNA from the new CLS
Jan 29, 2012 9:06 pm
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KevinFXX
But sure they will be more DNA on the new CLS
Jan 29, 2012 9:06 pm
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