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BREAKING: 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class spied without camouflage

2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class spy photo 16.04.2013
2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class spy photo 16.04.2013 / Automedia

Confirmed for Detroit Auto Show debut in January 2014

Our spies snapped a few photos with an undisguised 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class testing in Northern Scandinavia, ahead of the car's public debut scheduled for January 2014 at Detroit Auto Show.

Although it will be radically different than current model, the new C-Class is not what we consider a surprise after seeing the A-Class, CLA and the more recent S-Class. Mercedes-Benz has taken styling cues from these three cars, along with the headlights of the facelifted E-Class. The exhaust setup mimics the one seen on the upcoming S-Class.

The next-gen Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan has been confirmed to go on sale in August 2014 and will be followed in 2015 by the coupe and convertible. Shortly after these two a plug-in hybrid variant will be launched.

In an interview given to Automotive News, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon said the wagon won't be sold in U.S. due to weak demand. He also mentioned there are no plans for a crossover variant and he described the BMW 3-Series GT as "an answer to production question that no one is asking for."

The automaker will upgrade its Tuscaloosa, Alabama factory to make it ready for the new C-Class production. At this facility Mercedes-Benz will produce at least 100,000 units per year. This will be the first C-Class ever to feature a U.S.-built engine as Daimler and Nissan have teamed up to produce four-cylinder M-B engines at Nissan's factory in Decherd, Tennessee starting next year.

Source: autonews.com

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TylerBrown TylerBrown
looks like a suzuki.
Jun 3rd, 2013 4:25pm
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LWE7 LWE7
BMW and MB are following Audi's style of marketing their cars because it works.
Apr 17th, 2013 1:49pm
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Lutzie Lutzie
What does this even mean?
Jul 27th, 2013 9:59am
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PAA PAA
So every comment that questions or critisizes Mercedes design direction gets thumbs down? Here's another one, A class front design is a major disappointment and it would not get away with it if it wasn't a Mercedes. I keep the C class in my wish list so I hope they don't give it the A class freakness.
Apr 17th, 2013 7:13am
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MercLover MercLover
I hate this new sports style grille they have on the current C-class and now facelifted E-class. It takes away from the bold tradition and style of Mercedes-Benz and dilutes the brand. These new cars look nondescript and like they were styled by the Koreans. Mercedes not standing tall and proud any more. Maserati Ghibli - yeah baby! Now that's gonna give the E-class a run for its money.
Apr 17th, 2013 3:28am
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SirTristan SirTristan
The C-Class is back on that classic track of being the baby S-Class and follows in the footsteps of the A4/A8 duo. The huge limos look like small exec sedans and still sell - because they're HUGE, just the size and refinement does it, not styling.
Apr 16th, 2013 10:32pm
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Lutzie Lutzie
You might really mean in the footsteps of the Mercedes W126 S-Class and the W201 190E (and the W124 E-Class for that matter). Audi didn't invent consistent design between models, they just make them all look the same.
Jul 27th, 2013 9:52am
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CanOzcivelek CanOzcivelek
Wtf is wrong with Mercedes? Why are they testing the car without camo? Same thing happened with the S class... It's interesting.
Apr 16th, 2013 10:09pm
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Lutzie Lutzie
Publicity, and because some testing might be more effective with the airflow working over the car, without camo panels.
Jul 27th, 2013 9:57am
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NYyanks NYyanks
Looks ugly.
Apr 16th, 2013 9:00pm
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jwcf jwcf
aggressive tbh, but not beautiful - people will probably look at it as a Benz, but not really a good looking car itself. it won't come out that bad anyway
Apr 16th, 2013 8:06pm
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ValdesArtHouse ValdesArtHouse
I'm looking at this and the CLA and they both look equally shrunk, asymmetrical and not really distinguishable from one another.
Apr 16th, 2013 7:54pm
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Penguin Penguin
Why does Benz change the design EVERY YEAR now. Benz is the new Honda/Acura. When design is done right, it doesn't need to be redesigned on a yearly basis. What happened to 6 year designs?
Apr 16th, 2013 7:33pm
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yaomingyo yaomingyo
What do you mean? Its been 4 1/2 years since the design change. the update from last year was only a facelift. The S-class is taking more then 7 years for a new model.
Apr 18th, 2013 7:56am
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2ndSolar 2ndSolar
It looks nice and I agree like a shrunken s class (no bad thing), but I cant help but feel that picture 4 looks like the back of a peugeot 308 cc
Apr 16th, 2013 7:02pm
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katsudon88 katsudon88
Looks like Merc has ruined the design of another model... Hopefully it will look better when officially unveiled.
Apr 16th, 2013 5:58pm
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peterjames7 peterjames7
Mmm not sure about this from the long range shot agree looks like shrunken s but dont think proportions suit it...lets see wat it looks like when its unveiled
Apr 16th, 2013 5:21pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
wtf is wrong with Mercedes, what's up with those ugly headlights ?
Apr 16th, 2013 5:15pm
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Lutzie Lutzie
Most makes have upswept headlights now to deemphasise the bonnet (hood) height that's now required for pedestrian safety requirements.
Jul 27th, 2013 9:55am
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
A-Class front + S-Class rear, two great designs combined, right?
Apr 16th, 2013 4:44pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
From these long distance shots, it looks like a shrunken version of the next-gen S-Class.
Apr 16th, 2013 4:42pm
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Roken Roken
Indeed, this is a good thing. =) Bring on the C63!
Apr 16th, 2013 8:43pm
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ovyd ovyd
not a bad thing though, imo
Oct 21st, 2013 9:35pm
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