New C-class estate and saloon spotted testing in Germany, due on sale in 2014
Darren Moss
23 September 2013

The new Mercedes C-class estate has been spied testing ahead of a planned launch next year.

The estate is set to grow in size alongside the rest of the C-class range. Load capacity on the car is set to rise from the maximum 1500 litres offered in the current model.

This heavily disguised test mule was spotted testing on public roads in southern Germany. A more heavily sloping rear window and a new tail light design can be seen in these photos.

Also captured on camera is the new C-class saloon, which is due to be revealed at the Geneva motor show next March. We recently saw the interior of the car for the first time, which includes a part-digital dashboard and the familiar rotary controls for Mercedes' Comand infotainment system.

Codenamed W205, the new C-class is set to be the first Mercedes to use the company's MRA (modular rear-drive archictecture). 

Mainstream engines will include four-cylinder and V6 petrol units, ranging from a 184bhp 2.0-litre turbo to a range-topping 330bhp twin-turbo 3.0.

The diesel engine options are initially likely to include an upgraded version of the existing 2.1-litre engine in up to four states of tune, spanning 120bhp to 220bhp.

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24 September 2013

Being a current C-class owner and having seen the impressively stylish CLA, I had high hopes for the next C-class but these spy photos are disappointing.
The rounded styling doesn't suit the car very well and the proportions of the boot and overhangs look odd and seem to lose a lot of the sportiness and edge of the current model.

MB has done a lot to disguise the fact that this C-class has grown in size considerably, but a bit too well as it looks shorter and almost like a compact car.

I am hoping once the disguises are taken off to reveal the production version it will be a different story. Hopefully the fine details will make this car.

24 September 2013

Something's not quite right with the proportions. It looks a bit like a longitudinal engined Rover 75 with shades of Hyundai Sonata/Ford Scorpio at the front.

Please go back to back to the drawing board - the 190 and W124 look far classier and cleaner than any of the Mercedes saloon over the last 10-15 years. I can see Mercedes having to do early facelifts with this one (yet again).....

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