Latest spy shots show a refreshed interior for the new Mercedes C-class, due on sale next year
Mark Tisshaw
16 September 2013

The interior of the new Mercedes C-class has been shown, months before the car's official reveal at the Geneva motor show next March.

Our spy photographers spotted this mule testing in the same partially disguised form as seen in previous spy shots. This time, however, we were also able to capture the car's interior. A part-digital dashboard, large central infotainment display and the familiar rotary control for Mercedes' Comand system can be seen.

Outside, sharper creases and a much sportier appearance than the current model is intended to create a car that appeals to younger buyers, something that is a key part of the brief for the new C-class, an insider revealed to Autocar earlier this year.

“We want once and for all to discard the idea that the C-class is a car bought by your grandfather, ” said a high-ranking Stuttgart-based official involved in the new car’s conception. “We have gone to extensive lengths to ensure it will meet the expectations of a younger generation of buyers, both visually and technically.”

The spy pictures also show the increase in size for the new C-class, a move that follows the introduction of the smaller CLA saloon in the Mercedes range. It’s about 100mm longer than the current car at an estimated 4700mm in length. 

The result is a more elongated look, with a smoother, sportier profile and character lines that are a nod to both the CLA and the new S-class. The increase in size has also enabled larger rear doors to improve access and a longer wheelbase to improve room for the rear passengers. 

It’s clear that the front end of the new C-class will look much more contemporary than the current car’s. It features a more upright grille, larger headlights and a sculpted bonnet.

At the rear, there’s a more defined bumper for an edgier look, and sleek tail-lamps that extend into the body sides to help contribute to an overall low, wide profile.

The new C-class, codenamed W205, is set to be the first Mercedes to use the firm’s new MRA (modular rear-drive architecture). Weight saving and improved dynamics are promised from this modular platform, which will eventually underpin everything up to an S-class in size.

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6 September 2013

Can 4700mm be classed as compact executive? The CLA saloon is hardly a replacement as any rear passenger will testify.

6 September 2013

This new C Class is practically the same length as the W124 and early E Class Mercedes (and it seems like it will look like a CLA with a more boxy rear end).
Does this mean that the CLA is effectively the new C Class? From what I've seen the CLA doesn't offer the same amount of rear room as the current C, so maybe the GLA is the new C Class then....

6 September 2013

A current C63 is 4707 mm so this is in fact smaller.Downsizing??
What rubbish comments!!,get your facts correct!!

Madmac

6 September 2013

C-Class dimensions as published by Mercedes:

Saloon: 4,591mm
Estate: 4,606mm
Coupe: 4,633mm

6 September 2013

The middle bit we can see looks good. I hope the current German desire to overstyle everything doesnt spoil the bits we cant see.

As part of the design brief is to appeal to younger people, can we expect more interesting mechanicals? Perhaps a manual box attached to an engine some real go? (they probably didnt mean that sort of younger people, did they?)

16 September 2013

Doesn't look vastly different from other cars,steering wheel loaded with buttons,a button Bonanza on the centre stack,the usual two dial set-up,and a boring black finish to the actual steering wheel and interior, typical of most exec transport these days.

Peter Cavellini.

16 September 2013

“We want once and for all to discard the idea that the C-class is a car bought by your grandfather, ” - and than you put the gear lever behind the steering wheel? Hmmm...

16 September 2013

Darn cheek - where would MB be without its older drivers? Don't sacrifice quality and comfort for 'yoof' appeal.

16 September 2013

It doesn't exactly look like a spy shot, it looks like someone walked right up to it with a camera in their hand.

One would assume that this someone would, in all likelihood, be a Mercedes employee. Why else would Mercedes let someone get that close while the dash wasn't disguised?

So let's call it what it probably is: a leaked photo

16 September 2013

With each new C-Class since the first one was launched in 1993, Mercedes has always gone about attracting younger buyers. And I suspect the same will be said when this forthcoming new model is replaced around 2021. Mercedes' brand is strong and almost unrivalled, so they should stop worrying about what people think about their image and the type of people who'll buy their cars, and instead just continue to do what they have done for year after year after year. If people like what they see, they'll buy it, if they don't they won't. And focussing too much on a target audience risks alienating others.

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