Mercedes-Benz C-Class station wagon spotted without camouflageNovember 12, 2020
The unfinished station wagon showcases the evolutionary design of the future Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series rival ahead of its official debut next year.
After the prototypes of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class began to “lose” disguise, the unfinished version of the station wagon got into the lenses of spy cameras, and these images immediately leaked to the Internet. An image posted on the Youtube community forum shows the BMW 3-Series Touring rival exploded. Regardless, familiar proportions and redesigned taillights can be discerned, while the dashboard seems to show the influence of the recently launched 2020 S-Class.
The C-Class is said to have undergone a major overhaul, bringing new highly efficient hybrid powertrains and an expanded suite of autonomous driving technologies. After experiencing a sharp drop in sales of the C-Class due to widespread consumer gravitation towards SUVs, Mercedes-Benz will provide the fifth generation model, codenamed W206, with many of the developments featured in the new S-Class.
According to the latest prototype photographs, the design of the new C-Class represents a clear evolution of the current model’s styling. Although its exterior features a redesigned front end with more angular headlights, the proportions, dimensions and overall silhouette of the new car remain very close to those of the model it replaces.
The starting point for the new C-Class is the Mercedes MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform. It offers a number of improvements over the earlier steel and aluminum construction. These include a more advanced electrical architecture that supports the 48V system, which is key to providing the 2021 model with a new line of plug-in hybrid powertrains, according to insiders.
High-performance AMG variants will also be featured in the lineup, but according to media reports, the top-end C63 will replace its V8 engine with a new hybrid 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit with over 500 hp.
The MRA design uses double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension with adaptive damping, which is likely to be offered as standard in most markets. The new C-Class will continue to offer the option of rear air springs on some models.
The new platform will not only be used for the C-Class sedans, station wagons, coupes and convertibles, but will also form the basis of the successor models of the GLC and GLC Coupe, with a choice of both rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.
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