Finally, the time has come for Mercedes-Benz to peel several layers of heavy camouflage off its 2014 C-Class sedan prototypes, and in doing so, to show us that the next generation of its compact executive car will draw heavily on the looks of the new S-Class.
The similarities in the design between the two differently sized models become more evident once you focus on the shape of the arched glasshouse and rear end.
The styling move might be intentional, as for the first time in its history, the C-Class will have some inside competition from the new CLA, which may be based on the smaller wheelbase platform of the A-Class hatch, but is actually 1.5 inches or 38mm longer than the current C-Class sedan.
Besides its S-Class-inspired looks, the new car, codenamed W205, will use the presence of the CLA to grow in size and approach closer to the E-Class, while also gaining more technological and premium goods.
Under the hood, you'll find a new range of turbocharged four-cylinder and V6 petrol units, and a selection of inline-four diesels, all featuring automatic stop-start and brake energy recuperation systems to improve fuel economy and emissions. Later on, Mercedes will enhance the lineup with frugal hybrids in both regular and plug-in flavors, as well as a range-topping AMG version, which we recently caught lapping the Nürburgring.
Coupe, convertible and station wagon body styles will round out the lineup.
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