Lots of spy shots show that the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class is well into development, and this video catches two of them on the road together in Germany. We aren’t expecting to see a debut until late 2020 or early 2021, so there should be plenty more opportunities to see how the vehicle evolves.
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These development vehicles continue to wear heavy cladding that conceals the front end, and there also appear to be coverings over the taillights. Plus, there’s a wrap over the body. These combined elements make getting a good view of the new body a difficult task. From the looks of it, the designers don’t intend to revolutionize the appearance of the next-gen C-Class because the overall silhouette looks very similar to the current one.
Despite looking the similar, the new C-Class should get lots of new tech and more efficient engines, including a plug-in hybrid option. Spy shots already show the development of the Mercedes-AMG C53 that might use the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the A45 S that makes 416 horsepower (310 kilowatts). A rumor suggests the range-topping C63 might use this mill, too, but with hybrid assistance significantly boosting the output.
Inside, it’s safe to expect the C-Class to gain the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system with screens for the instruments and infotainment displays. A wide array of active safety technology would also be available.
The updated MRA2 platform might improve cabin space, too. The underpinnings use a double-wishbone front suspension combined with a multi-link rear setup, which should make for a comfy ride.