Mercedes Benz is currently developing the estate version of its recently launched C-Class sedan, and already we've seen several prototypes undergoing cold-weather testing near the arctic circle. This latest rendering offers us the best impression of the new wagon's appearance ahead of the vehicle's launch later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The wagon will be offered with the same powerplants as the sedan as well as the latest 4Matic all wheel drive. Expect the range to kick off with the 156hp four-cylinder "Kompressor" model, followed by several V6 gasoline and diesel versions. Rounding out the range will be a model equipped with Mercedes' modular 272hp 3.5L gasoline powerplant.

Like the sedan, there will be three different guises of trim for the new wagon. This includes the Avantgarde, Elegance and the entry-level Classic line of models. Safety is one of the C-Class sedan's best attributes, and the wagon will be no different. The comprehensive safety package should include the new Agility Control system, which controls the shock absorber forces according to the driving situation, as well as Pre-Safe braking technology that can automatically apply the brakes if it detects the vehicle is about to lose control.

A potent AMG model will likely be powered by the hand built 6.2L V8 engine found in numerous other AMG cars to form a new C63 model. The final output from the V8 engine will be above 450hp, a significant leap over the current C55’s 5.4L output. The car will also pick up a modified version of Mercedes’ new seven-speed automatic transmission, with drive being sent to the rear wheels. An AWD model is also expected further down the track. Follow the jump to see the rendering in full.