The premium compact sedan segment is about to heat up as one of the major players in the market, Mercedes-Benz, is only months away from the presentation of the new generation C-Class series, which may take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March, if not earlier.
Until then, the brand with the star will go on with the development phase in various parts of the world, including the Pikes Peak area, where Carscoops reader Jim C. met up with a group of Mercedes-Benz testers with at least two camouflaged W205 C-Class saloons and a regular production SL-Class roadster (likely a backup car).
We believe that the black prototype may be a tester for the monstrous C63 AMG, and we say this because of a number of details we noticed on the car. These include the front grille that incorporates the star and is identical to the one used on the current C63 AMG as well as the E63 AMG, A45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG models, the big air vents on the front bumper, plus the wide and low profile tires with accordingly sized brake discs.
If it is the AMG model, then instead of the current version’s 451hp-strong, naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8, it will feature a new downsized and turbocharged V8 – we’re not sure yet if this unit will be a de-tuned version of the 5.5-liter bi-turbo mill or a new V8 sporting a displacement of around 4.0-liters.
Along with the sedan models, the C-Class range will also include a traditional Estate, a Coupe and for the first time, a soft-top Convertible.
Thanks to Jim C. for sharing his scoop pictures!