Quoting a statement from Feb 2012 edition of Autocar (Singapore) – “The 3-Series is the remarkable, standout car in its field, and by several lengths over the C-class”. Mercedes is getting ready to fire a shot back at Munich. Spotted undergoing cold-weather testing at a secret location in Northern Europe is a prototype of the all new 2014 C-Class.
Although the prototype is heavily covered up, we can see that Mercedes’ designers are taking a safe route with the styling of the new car, following BMW’s lead with the new 2012 3-Series by retaining the previous model’s overall proportions. The new model seemed to be lengthened and the shape of the headlights appears more streamlined than the units on the current car.
According to MotorAuthority.com, we can expect the next generation C-Class to be fitted with an eight or possibly even a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base model should be powered by a turbocharged 1.8-litre and other engine options should include a petrol-powered V6 together with a range of diesel and a hybrid drivetrain. Of course, the range-topper would be a high performance AMG model which is said be propelled by a twin-turbocharged V8, developing around 450 bhp.
In terms of body style, for the first time, a c-class convertible will be made available alongside with the sedan, wagon and coupe versions.