The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been caught on camera once again by our spies.

It will ride on the MRA platform and should tip the scales at less than 3,042 lbs (1,380 kg) for the entry-level C160 model. Although it will be lighter, the new model will probably be 100mm longer (approx. 4700mm), with 80mm of the added length in the wheelbase.

In terms of styling, the next-gen C-Class is likely to feature a more oval front grille, CLS-inspired wider and higher wraparound headlights while the overall appearance will be sportier than the current generation.

Under the bonnet it will be available with several longitudinally-mounted four-cylinder and V6 engines with output ranging from 184 bhp (137 kW) to 330 bhp (246 kW). Stephen Cannon, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, confirmed the C-Class will have a plug-in hybrid variant which will be capable of running on gasoline, electric power or a combination of the two. The battery pack will be recharged via the internal combustion engine or from a household outlet, while the electric motor is rumored to provide 27 bhp (20 kW).

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