A brand-new S-Class flagship isn’t the only overhauled Mercedes-Benz sedan on the horizon – a fresh mid-sized C-Class sedan has been snapped during testing.

    Likely to launch in 2021, the new C-Class pictured here is heavily camouflaged. But can make out its proportions, which appear to borrow from the upcoming S-Class sedan.

    Up front are slimmer headlights than the current car, and what appears to be a more aggressive front bumper. It’s tough to tell this early what trim level the car is, however.

    The rear appears more rounded than the current C-Class, with horizontal taillights instead of the vertically-oriented units used currently.

    According to our spy photographers, the evolutionary proportions hide an all-new platform designed to better accomodate hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure-electric powertrains.

    It should also free up more legroom for rear passengers. Up front, expect to see the latest iteration of MBUX for infotainment.

    At this stage it isn’t clear whether the new C-Class will get the vertically-oriented touchscreen from the new S-Class.

    The new model may be out and testing 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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