The shape of the headlights appear more streamlined than the units on the current car, while the body keeps the classic wedge shape, though it appears stretched out a little. It’s too early to tell what the rear will look like, though a cross between the styling of the CLS and SL Class is likely.
As for the drivetrains, expect to see an eight- or possibly even a nine-speed automatic fitted. We’re unlikely to see a three-cylinder engine offered in the C Class anytime soon but a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine should make its way into the base model.
A V-6 should remain, and will be joined by a range of diesel engines in some markets and a new hybrid. This hybrid model will likely pair a four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and gearbox.
Further down the track a high-performance AMG model will be launched, complete with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine developing around 450 horsepower. While output may be down slightly on the current C63 AMG, performance should be improved thanks to a lighter overall structure.
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Finally, wagon and coupe models will return, and will be joined for the first time by a new C Class Convertible.
Look for a world debut of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class late next year, with sales to start sometime in 2014.