The 2014 Mercedes C-Class is inching closer to production as our spies have caught a lightly camouflaged prototype undergoing testing.

The 2014 Mercedes C-Class is inching closer to production as our spies have caught a lightly camouflaged prototype undergoing testing.

Set to be introduced sometime next year, the redesigned C-Class will be larger and more luxurious than its predecessor. As a result, it has a mature appearance with an upright grille, sweptback headlights and S-Class inspired taillights.

Our spies weren't able to snap interior photos this time around but previous shots have shown the model will have a new dashboard with a prominent center stack that is surrounded by wood trim. The cabin is also slated to feature circular air vents, a massive infotainment system and an updated COMAND controller.

Under the hood, engine options are expected to include:

  • A 2.2-liter CDI four-cylinder with outputs of 170 HP (125 kW), 204 HP (150 kW) and 231 HP (170 kW)
  • A 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 156 HP (114 kW)
  • A 2.0-liter four-cylinder with outputs of 184 HP (135 kW), 211 HP (155 kW) and 252 HP (185 kW)
  • A 3.0-liter V6 with 333 HP (245 kW)

We can also expect a number of hybrid variants with four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

Regardless of the final details, Mercedes recently confirmed the model will be built at four plants in Bremen (Germany), East London (South Africa), Beijing (China) and Tuscaloosa (USA).

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