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.
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.