The BMW M3 might be dominating headlines at the moment, but it’s not the only German sports sedan catching the eye of our spy photographer.

    The upcoming mid-strength AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the C53, has been snapped in heavy camouflage.

    Details about what will power the C53 are hard to come by, but industry rumours have suggested the next-generation C53 and C63 will be powered by four-cylinder engines, rather than the current six- and eight-cylinder engines used.

    However, our spy photographer has suggested the C53 could share its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with the A45 S, which pumps out 310kW and 500Nm.

    Although it’s down 1000cc and two cylinders on the 3.0-litre V6 in the current C43, the four-pot in the A45 S actually has 23kW more power, although it’s down 10Nm.

    When the camouflage is pared back, expect to see a variation of the chrome Panamericana grille used elsewhere in the AMG dominating the front of the new C-Class.

    The exterior of the new C-Class is expected to follow in the footsteps of the new S-Class and recently-facelifted E-Class in featuring horizontally-oriented tail lights, slimmer headlights, and a focus on crease-free body panels.

    Inside, it’s expected to offer a version of the vertically-oriented My MBUX infotainment system set to debut in the S-Class.

    The new model may be out and testing (below) already, but the current W205 C-Class still has some life in it. It was given a facelift in 2018, and was revealed in 2014.

    Since then we’ve seen a new BMW 3 Series and stronger competitors from the likes of Jaguar, Volvo, and Genesis.

    The C-Class last year comfortably outsold the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, with 6798 sales compared to 3135 and 1284 respectively.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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