A prototype of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz C-Class was caught on camera in south Germany wearing white camouflage.

A prototype of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz C-Class was caught on camera in south Germany wearing white camouflage.

By the looks of these latest pics, the 2014 C-Class appears to be a shrunken S-Class as many of the styling cues are taken from its larger sibling. While some will not approve Mercedes-Benz's lack of inspiration as far as design is concerned, others will enjoy a shrunken S-Class featuring LED headlights, prominent front grille and a sculpted bonnet.

Mercedes-Benz has overhauled the interior cabin by using more premium materials, circular air vents, additional wood trim, bigger COMAND display and a revamped instrument cluster sporting a digital central info display flanked by two analog gauges.

The engine lineup is a bit of a mystery as there aren't any confirmed power units at this moment, but a 4-cylinder 2.2-liter CDI will likely be offered with 170 HP (125 kW), 204 HP (150 kW) and 231 HP (170 kW). A larger V6 3.0-liter developing 333 HP (245 kW) is also possible, as well as a Renault-sourced 1.6-liter dCi developing around 130 HP (96 kW). We should also expect to see at least one hybridized version, plus a new iteration of the flagship C63 AMG.