With the Mercedes lineup being so vast, there always seems to be a facelift or next-gen model around the corner. It’s been over two years since the C-Class (W205) received the typical mid-cycle updates, which means work is well underway for the fully revamped model which is set to debut in 2021. Our spies have now grabbed a version that might not be available on day one as we were told it was an AMG flavor.
The wider two-axle tracks corroborated with the big front brakes could be signs of an AMG C53 variant intended to replace the current C43 model. While the dual exhaust tips might suggest this is an inferior version, the prototype appeared to have a provisional setup with fairly large spikes. The additional camouflage on the trunk lid could be there to hide a subtle spoiler as seen on current C43 sedan and coupe models.
It goes without saying that mismatched wheels will not be found on the production model, and the same can be said about those base taillights. You can tell the tail lights extend over the trunk lid like many other recent Mercedes sedans, as those reverse lights flanking the license plate are fully exposed.
While this particular prototype appears to lack the Panamericana grille (or hides it just fine), the latest variant of the C53 is expected to feature the menacing grille with multiple vertical slats inherited from almost every other AMG model. Even the A45 has adopted this look, so it’s safe to say that the bigger and more expensive C53 will adopt the Panamericana grille.
Speaking of the A45, it would share its 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine to replace the C43’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6. Qualified Affalterbach engineers are expected to add a bit of electrification to the mix to compensate for the reduced powertrain. A slight increase in power and torque over the existing 385 hp and 384 lb-ft (521 Nm) is expected despite the smaller engine.
The envelopes are expected to end towards the end of 2021 given that the standard C-Class (W206) is expected in the first half of next year. As for the C63, which goes beyond the range, it would also be reduced to an electrified four-banger and is expected to arrive in 2022.
It will be interesting to see if the next-gen C-Class in AMG specs will feature the recently announced electric turbocharger co-developed with Garrett Motion to effectively eliminate turbo lag.
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