Mercedes C-Class 2021: spy shots, details and release date

Spy shots give a first look at the next all-new Mercedes C-Class, due on sale in 2021

A prototype version of the all-new Mercedes C-Class has been spotted testing at the famous Nurburgring racetrack. The full production model is expected to go on sale in the UK in 2021, renewing its long-standing rivalry with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Volvo S60.

This test car’s disguise hides much of the car’s finer details, but its overall shape suggests the new design is an evolution of the current C-Class. We expect it to sport a sleeker profile with fewer creases and lines on the car’s panels as the German brand shifts towards a cleaner overall look for its models. The car’s grille and LED headlights will be slimmer as well, following the styling of the current Mercedes A-Class and CLA models.

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Underneath its new body, the next Mercedes C-Class will sit on an updated version of the current car’s platform, named Modular Rear-wheel drive Architecture (MRA). Four-wheel drive will be offered with more powerful models of the new car and is likely to be fitted as standard to the high-performance AMG variants.

It’s likely that the top-spec C 63 model will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine, as before. A straight-six powered Mercedes-AMG C 53 will get a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and take on the Audi S4.

Electrification should feature heavily across the rest of the range, with mild-hybrid four- and six-cylinder petrol engines. A plug-in hybrid model with an all-electric range of over 30 miles should also be offered. Mercedes will offer an electric saloon model, but this won’t be badged as a C-Class.

Inside, it’s expected that the new Mercedes C-Class will boast a completely new dashboard and interior design, with Mercedes’ latest class-leading twin-screen infotainment system certain to appear.

Do you want to know more about the current Mercedes C-Class? Read our full in-depth review for everything you need to know.

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