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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class leaked

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has baby S-Class styling both inside and out, with clean flanks and a large touchscreen.


The redesigned 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been leaked again ahead of its February 24 debut.

We’ve seen the C-Class shed more and more of its camouflage (and even get leaked once before) but now here’s our best look at Mercedes’ new mid-sizer thanks to Cochespias.

The interior has seen the most dramatic change, with a large, portrait-oriented touchscreen and striped material along the dash.

You’d be forgiven for thinking this was the S-Class interior, though the C-Class is distinguished through its use of more circular-shaped air vents instead of the S-Class’s rectangles.

There are also only three vents above the touchscreen.

The overall flowing aesthetic and liberal use of piano-black trim is reminiscent of the current car, as is the free-standing digital instrument cluster.

Outside, there are no surprises if you’ve been checking out our spy photos.

There’s smoother front-end styling, clean flanks, and a restyled rear with horizontally-oriented tail lights.

Instead of a sharp crease slashing through the doors, spy photos reveal there are two subtler creases down the sides: one right below the window line and one towards the bottom of the doors.

In all, it’s hugely reminiscent of the new S-Class, much as the last C-Class was of the old S-Class.

Expect to see an additional 20mm of shoulder room in the interior, despite the C-Class being only 10mm wider than the outgoing car.

The car has reportedly grown 60mm in length, too, with 25mm of that in the wheelbase.

It’ll offer the option of rear-axle steering, though Mercedes’ Air Body Control suspension option has been dropped.

Instead, Mercedes will offer a Comfort Chassis option with adaptive dampers but steel springs.

The range is expected to consist solely of electrified four-cylinder engines, all the way up to the Mercedes-AMG C63.

Mercedes will offer mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The C300, for example, produces 190kW of power from its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine but adds Mercedes’ EQ Boost 48V mild-hybrid system.

Under the skin, the new C-Class will feature a revised version of today’s MRA rear- and all-wheel drive platform.

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William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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