update: Mercedes-Benz has released a video teaser which we assume is for the 2014 C-Class.
New details regarding the next generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class have surfaced the web.
The C-Class (W205) will be unveiled in January at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit and will ride on the MRA platform which will also underpin the next-gen GLK. The new C-Class will be slightly longer than the outgoing model as a method to distance itself from the CLA which is 40mm longer than the outgoing C-Class.
The new model will reportedly have a 2850mm wheelbase which means it will be extended by 90mm compared to today's model, while weight will be shaved off by 80 kg (176 lbs). Design-wise it will look pretty much like a mini S-Class but with the E-Class' front grille while the cabin will benefit from significant improvements in terms of materials, switchgear and the biggest display in its class which is said to feature more intuitive touchpad controls.
Engine lineup will encompass four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines with some of them being carried over, some improved and others completely new. All of them will continue to sport a longitudinal mounting but the motors will be installed further back in order to improve weight distribution and safety. Expect to see a few hybrid versions, standard rear-wheel drive (optional 4MATIC), standard six-speed manual gearbox and an optional nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission.
2015 will be the year when the C-Class family will receive a liftback derivative set to compete with the BMW 3-Series GT. As for the range-topping C63 AMG, this will likely be introduced several months after the regular model debuts and is said to make use of a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 which should churn around 525 bhp (391 kW).