Our spies have managed to catch a handful of 2014 Mercedes C-Class prototypes undergoing testing.
Designed to be larger and more luxurious than the outgoing model,the 2014 C-Class adopts a new front fascia with a larger grille and sweptback headlights. We can also see curvier bodywork and S-Class inspired taillights.
The cabin takes a radical departure from its predecessor as it features a curvaceous dashboard with a prominent center stack that has wood trim and circular air vents. Other highlights include a massive infotainment system and what appears to be a digital control above the COMAND knob. The model is also expected to have additional rear seat legroom and a larger trunk that holds approximately 500 liters (17.6 cubic feet) of luggage.
Engine options remain unconfirmed but choices 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 couple of hybrid variants as Mercedes confirmed plans to offer "numerous" hybrids in the future. At the time, the company hinted their hybrid system can work with inline four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines so expect these powertrains to debut in the new C-Class.