Development work continues on the 2014 Mercedes C-Class as our spies have caught another prototype undergoing testing in Europe.

Development work continues on the 2014 Mercedes C-Class as our spies have caught another prototype undergoing testing in Europe.

Looking like a pint-sized S-Class, the model has an evolutionary design which borrows a number of cues from its bigger brother. Notable highlights include a prominent grille, LED-infused headlights and a sculpted hood. We can also see new mirrors, a rounded trunk and S-Class inspired taillights.

The cabin takes a major leap forward as it has higher quality materials and an improved design. Key changes include circular air vents, a larger COMAND display and additional wood trim. There's also an analog clock and a new instrument cluster that has a central information display that is flanked by analog gauges.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but 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 and possibly a Renault-sourced 1.6-liter dCi with roughly 130 HP (96 kW).

The 2014 Mercedes C-Class could be introduced early next year, so look for a possible debut at the Geneva or North American International Auto Show.

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