Right now, Mercedes-Benz loyalists are turning their attention to the next-generation S-Class. This is understandable; the new flagship sedan of all the flagship sedans will debut on September 2, and from what we’ve seen in the teasers so far, it looks like a tech dynamo. It is not the perfect sedan for Mercedes, however. That honor goes to the C-Class, and it also gets a facelift.
We get a glimpse of it in this new spy clip above from walkoARTvideos, which features a whole fleet of C-Class W206 test vehicles. In addition, the camouflage of these prototypes is thinner, especially at the front where much of the block coverings have disappeared. Details on the fairing are still obscured, but it’s not hard to see the slimmer headlights and basic grille designs. One test car appears to be an AMG model, possibly a C53 that could use a mild hybrid version of the A45’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
Overall, we expect the next-gen C-Class to incorporate a design language similar to the new E-Class revealed earlier this year. The large corner sockets on the lower fairing will be connected by a channel across the width of the bumper, although variations of this shape are offered depending on trim level and AMG influence. The taillights aren’t very noticeable in this video, but they’ll take on a horizontal orientation compared to the vertical influence shape we see today.
What we don’t see in this video are the bones of the new C-Class W206. It is expected to ride on a modified version of the company’s current MRA platform, which should give occupants a bit more space inside. The greenhouse will also get a full makeover that emphasizes a cleaner look. The MBUX system will be integrated into the dashboard, and if it looks like what we’ve seen in recent S-Class teasers, it should look pretty chic.
With the S-Class debut almost upon us, we don’t expect a reveal of the C-Class until the end of this year at the earliest. If that doesn’t happen, a reveal in the first quarter of 2021 is almost guaranteed.