The first heavily disguised prototypes of Mercedes-Benz’s fourth-generation C-class saloon have hit public roads in Germany for durability testing, just over 18 months before it is planned to make its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show.
Codenamed W205, the new four door heads an expanded four-strong line-up that will once again be aiming to steal the executive car crown from the standard-setting BMW 3-series and other pretenders to its crown, including the Audi A4, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Ford Mondeo and a long-rumoured small Jaguar.
The basis for the new car is Mercedes-Benz’s MRA platform. It is flexible enough to provide the basis for a whole raft of upcoming models, ranging from the C-class all the way to the S-class. Among its developments is a completely redesigned suspension system.
The new C-class is set to make a big step stylistically. Gone is the rather staid appearance of today’s model, replaced by a far more progressive look heavily influenced by the F800 Style concept car as part of Mercedes-Benz’s efforts to attract a younger buyer audience.