At the time of this article’s publication on September 1, the world is less than a day away from seeing the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. With focus on the great flagship, this is the perfect opportunity to the other divisions of the automaker to increase the prototype testing schedule. Maybe that’s why we’ve seen more C-Class test vehicles recently, with this latest video from Automotive Mike coming straight from the Nürburgring.
The camouflage striptease is cut short in this clip, so we’re not aware of any new exterior details. we are aware of some tortured tires though – two different C-Class prototypes are filmed and both are properly trained on the Green Hell. Both cars appear to be standard models, although improvements to the AMG suspension could be present.
Save thousands on a new Mercedes-Benz C-Class
MSRP $ 42,395
MSRP $ 42,395
Save on average over $ 3,400 off MSRP * with
Motor1.com car buying service
Despite the noise of the tires, the test vehicles seem calm and balanced in the tight corners. In fact, the noise of the tire sometimes seems to contradict the aggressiveness of the vehicle. Maybe this test session evaluates different brands of tires for the new generation sedan.
Under the body should be an updated version of the Mercedes MRA platform. The changes are expected to offer a bit more cabin space for passengers while providing more space underneath for the new hybrid powertrains. Mild hybrid technology is expected to be part of the new C-Class at launch, but more complex setups are expected to follow and that includes high-performance AMG variants. Current thinking is that a hybrid version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder Mercedes-AMG A45 will take place in the next-gen C53 and C63 models.
Although still wearing a bit of camouflage, the prototypes we see here appear to be in production with all the appropriate lights and body panels in place. However, don’t expect the new C-Class to debut anytime soon. Mercedes won’t compete with itself when the S-Class is unveiled, which is why the C-Class is expected to be unboxing very late this year, or more likely in early 2021.