2021 Mercedes C-Class Interior To Feature Dual-Screen Layout

Mercedes isn’t planning on letting its upcoming all-new 2021 C-Class lag behind its opposition as far as onboard tech is concerned, which is why its interior design will take after that of the S-Class flagship.

This also marks our very first look inside a 2021 C-Class prototype, and the images are quite revealing, both compared to the 2020 S-Class, as well as to the current W205 C-Class model. Time to break all of it down and go through the pics with a fine-tooth comb.

Starting with the placement of the two displays, they are similarly positioned to how they’ll sit in the all-new S-Class. However, unlike its larger sibling, the 2021 C-Class will have smaller screens. Furthermore, the C’s infotainment display features a landscape orientation, partly because the controls for the climate system aren’t fully embedded behind the main piece of glass.

The steering wheel appears to be the same as on the S-Class, with other visible features including the head-up display cut-out, and a three vent setup on top of the dashboard. By the way, the current C-Class also features three vents, but they sit underneath the infotainment display.

What about the exterior?

While the prototype is pretty well camouflaged, we can’t help but notice that it features a similar shoulder line to that of the next S-Class, as well as a low slung front end, just like the former. We also see a design crease that curbs upwards toward the rear wheel arch, similar to the 2019 A-Class Sedan.

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When the tape comes off, we expect the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class to still feature the most elegant design in its segment, which has long been Stuttgart’s M.O as far as its saloons are concerned.

As for its engine range, there will be a mix of gasoline and diesel units, as well as a BMW 330e-rivaling plug-in hybrid model. Meanwhile, the flagship Mercedes-AMG C63 version is said to feature all-wheel drive and up to 542 HP, according to Top Gear.

Mercedes will unveil the all-new C-Class sometime next year as a 2021 model.

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

  • Mark Ramsey

    One day, such a discovery won’t be viewed as ‘news’. Or was that last week?

  • Six_Tymes

    finally better looking vent rings. the current giant looking chrome ones are just too gaudy

  • Willzyx

    And GLS interior once again looks outdated.

  • PK

    I won’t judge it until I see a clear interior pic prolly next year.

  • Jason Panamera

    Hello there baby s class. I like it. And ye, it is still dual screen layout like it used to be.

    • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

      basically

      • Jason Panamera

        And I hope that gross black surface will be kind of next gen and won’t get dirty or scratched so fast. It will be bad if you buy 90k S-Class.

  • Bash

    Well, I don’t like those round air vents on top of the center part of the dash, but we all can hate as much as we want or can. In my opinion, it will look better than the current model.

  • Bob

    is the miserable trend of screens tacked to the top of dashboards finally over for the Germans? Methinks yes!

  • salamOOn

    why the hell they cant use a normal, button operated AC unit…?

  • Nordschleife

    I just hope those very bottom buttons (the one with the dynamic mode on them) are better integrated in the final product. It looks like they just stuck them on in the picture..

    • Yavor

      It’s a prototype

  • Carenthusiast

    I love the interior design of Merc’s current line up especially S and E class with pretty good ergonomics too ie plenty of physical switches, touchpad and large display. It’s a shame that instead of usual German way of evolutionary design we are definitely seeing a revolutionary change to the interior. Time will tell if it is going to work well unless they are fully reliant on ‘Hey Mercedes’ route to do pretty much everything!

  • FordMopar

    Haha, car companies can’t fkin’ win! You all complained about tablet stuck on top of dashboard and when they finally put it inside the dashboard, people are still complaining! Ha.
    Looks like they are copying Ram’s large 12″ screen into dashboard. Seems to be the new trend… you watch…

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I think it officially is. The Range Rover and AUDI are already there as well.

  • ch2856

    I hate the trend of touch buttons.

    • no25

      Especially because touch buttons freeze up all the time.

  • David Lee

    I think I prefer cars without screens. I wish if they could integrate a design where you can mount your own smartphone seamlessly it would not only look better, but it won’t look dated after 2 years. I can’t see 10-20 years from now people enjoying outdated tech overly dominating the interior of the car.

    • Yavor

      You mean like the 10-20 year old tech in older cars?

      Things get old eventually, it’s normal and you can’t prevent it.

      Smartphones also won’t last forever.

      • David Lee

        I’m not saying old tech in cars. I’m saying relying less on screen estate that will age in couple years. Cars are aging so much faster these days with tech evolving so quickly. Why not use newest tech by integrating design that relies on your smart phone or tablet and can be adapted for the future.

        • Yavor

          And you think phones will be here in the current state in 10 years? Interesting…

          • David Lee

            No, I don’t think phones will never get outdated. However, outdated tech won’t be the central part of the car, by making infotainment upgradable via mobile devices. I don’t know what the future holds, but future tech can be adapted. Conventional slabs of screens won’t be easy to upgrade and will be sight for sore eyes

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants
      • David Lee

        Yes, exactly like this concept! Good find! Yes this is an affordable car but this can be done more elegantly to more expensive cars as well. All car’s interior designs revolve around the giant screen in the middle, but without that, designers can create more flowing, integrated designs. As tech advances, it can be applied on the car without infotainment becoming archaic in a couple years

  • ZYGIUS

    I think it’s new Dacia’s interior, not Mercedes…

  • Porkopolis

    Even with just the minor tremor I get from time to time, touch screens are unbearable in cars…

  • Yavor

    “Time to break all of it down and go through the pics with a fine-tooth comb.”

    Proceeds to write 2 short paragraphs…

  • Galaxium

    This is the next design language for Mercedes? The S-class spy shots showed similar interior design, just bigger.

    My disappointment is immeasurable, and my day is ruined.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    finallly no more popup screens

  • Andrewthecarguy

    As much as I think I like what it will finally look like, nothing about that interior says Mercedes.

  • StrangerGP

    The combination of a digital gauge cluster and a huge vertical touch screen looks like a total mess in the C & S class photos. I’ll be surprised if it actually looks decent when the S-Class is revealed.

  • David Lee

    Yes, good find! I feel it can work for luxury cars too if executed right.

  • looking forward to see the real thing even if I already hate the climate controls by touch screens… Those should be banned. Buttons and KNOBS should not be a thing of the past. A car is not the latest Ipad that you’ll leave at home after 6 month. Soon everyone will need to go to MIT to know how to operate a car.

  • Leo76

    Polestar 2 interior

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