Breaking: All-New 2020 Mercedes C-Class Gets Its Picture Taken For The First Time

Now that BMW has made a play for the sports executive segment crown with the G20 3-Series, its arch nemesis from Stuttgart needs to retaliate with a brand new generation of the C-Class, which has already commenced testing on public roads.

This is the first ever all-new 2020 C-Class prototype spotted anywhere in the world, and as you can see, it’s fully camouflaged, with body cladding front and rear in order to help mask its true overall shape.

Will it be another baby S-Class?

When the fourth-generation W205 C-Class came out in 2014, it clearly resembled the current flagship W222 S-Class, which was put into production the previous year. While some people weren’t all that excited about Mercedes‘ copy/paste design philosophy (it later went into the E-Class too), sales numbers told a much different story, showing just how successful you can be when you implement a very elegant exterior design.

It would have been highly unlikely for Mercedes to give up on that notion and make the 2020 C-Class look unlike the upcoming S-Class, which has been making the rounds for quite some time now, also under camouflage.

Bottom line, here’s what we see. We see a similar shoulder line to that of the next S-Class, and a low slung front fascia, also shared by both prototypes. The crease on the side of the car is a little more pronounced than on the current W205 model, and curbs upwards toward the rear wheel arch, sort of like on the 2019 A-Class and A-Class Sedan. The end result should of course be a product that’s been “sensually purified” by Mercedes’ design boffins.

Finally a dual-display setup in the C-Class?

Not so fast. A 2020 S-Class prototype spied earlier this year only had one single large display behind the steering wheel. This could mean a number of things. For example, Mercedes might look to implement a different type of infotainment display moving forward, perhaps one that’s positioned further back or more towards the center console, like Audi‘s been doing recently. Of course, that prototype could have simply been an early development tester.

It’s doubtful that Mercedes would hold anything back with the new C-Class, so expect it to either feature whatever the upcoming S is getting inside, or at least the dual-screen setup we’ve all been waiting for.

With on-board tech, there should be plenty of it – in the sense that whatever the new G20 3-Series can do, the next C-Class will be able to replicate and probably even build upon, seen as how the ball is currently in Mercedes’ court.

You’ll still be able to get a diesel

Even though there haven’t been any rumblings regarding the 2020 C-Class’ engine range, it should still feature a wide array of petrol and diesel units, to go with plug-in hybrid versions. As for a fully electric model, reports indicate that Mercedes might save such an option for a future EQ sports executive saloon.

When can I order my all-new C-Class?

Seen as how the C-Class has always had a life cycle of roughly seven years, it’s unlikely that we’ll get to see the brand new car anytime before 2020 – and that’s if Mercedes rushes it a little bit (which they should).

more photos...

Photo Credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • caddy45

    This looks like it will be sportier/more athletic than the current model which I think suits this class of car better.

    Side note: how in the hell is MB already moving on to the next gen of the C class when Cadillac has been sitting on the ATS for years and is just barely getting us a replacement in the next 6 months with the CT4? Why are American car brands so slow at cranking out new product relative to the Germans? They’re going to get left behind! /end rant.

    • Yavor

      Besides Tesla, can the Americans really make good cars?

      Germany, Japan and South Korea! Sweden can join, too. 🙂

      • PK

        the germans, korean, japanese and swedish definitely make good cars! americans? idk. their models looks so ugly these days!

        • hargema

          They have have Jeep that’s worth it.

          • PK

            meh….

          • Finkployd

            isn’t Jeep italian now ? 😉

      • Jason Panamera

        Cadillac, Lincoln, Buick ? They aren’t bad cars at all.

        • Yavor

          Does Lincoln or Buik make cars anymore? Cadillac is the only I have seen online. But none of them are to be seen on the roads in the EU. Besides Tesla and Ford.

    • Merc1

      Because the Germans stick to a 7 year plan and they keep getting better and better. Cadillac is throwing away yet another group of cars ATS/CTS come up with something even more forgettable, CT4 and CT5. They can’t ever get it right and/or stick to anything so they’re constantly having to re-invent themselves and there is no heritage or meaning behind anything they make. People know what a 3-Series, C-Class, SL, S-Class etc. Because the ATS and CTS failed, they’re scrapping the names and trying something new, AGAIN. It’s a piss poor way to do things. There is no way they should get rid of the ATS and CTS nameplates. Just make a new car that is better and keep the name, build up that so the nameplate means something in the next generations.

      M

  • Carenthusiast

    I can see some changes to the waistline which has been dropped so there’s more glass to windows than current C Class which is a good thing

  • WM sap

    they update these like apple update iphones

    • :/ Yurr

      Right!? Lol

Mercedes-AMG GT S Driver Loses It, Hits The Sole Obstacle In Sight

When you have 730hp at your disposal, you’d better know how to handle them, or else…

Lamborghini Huracan Performante Posts 7:07.99 Lap At The ‘Ring

The unofficial run shows once again, if anyone needed proof, that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante is one impressive machine.

$90k Bespoke Land Rover Defender Pickup Is Ready For The Armageddon

The Chelsea Truck Company and Kahn Design are behind this wild project, which is for sale in the UK.

Chinese Buyers Hate New Car Smell, So Ford Wants To Eliminate It By Baking Its Cars

Much to our surprise, not everyone likes the new car smell.

2018 LA Auto Show: A-to-Z Guide To All The Product Launches

Join us for a tour of the Los Angeles Auto Show with a full guide to all the new cars.

Think All-Wheel Drive Crossovers Don’t Need Winter Tires? Think Again

A recent test shows winter tires improve traction, acceleration and braking on ice.

2019 Lexus UX Has Everything It Needs To Become A Hit In The U.S.

Lexus’ first-ever small SUV has a lot of features that’ll help it fight its premium rivals.

Volvo Stumps Us With Odd Teaser Campaign For LA Auto Show

Volvo is teasing something for LA, but we’re not entirely sure what.

2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Combines Classic Looks And 577 HP For $147,500

Fans with smaller budgets can opt for the 2019 G 550 which has a base price of $124,500.

Cadillac Name-Drops The Escala, Is It A Hint About Production?

Previous reports have suggested the concept could go into production in 2021.