The Mercedes C-Class has only just been facelifted, but that hasn't stopped Mercedes from pressing ahead with development of a completely new C-Class for 2014 – and it will be sleeker and more aggressive than ever.
These pictures of a heavily-disguised 2014 Mercedes C-Class were taken at the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, where Mercedes' engineers will seek to hone the C-Class into a car which rivals the BMW 3 Series for driving thrills.
Under the swathes of black tape and masked body panels, the upcoming C-Class will feature a sweeping roofline similar to that found on the current Mercedes CLS, and a more defined front end and bold two-bar grille.
The car doesn’t look any bigger than the current C-Class, but Mercedes is expected to increase space for passengers, with improved legroom and a more practical cabin. As before, the German carmaker will offer an estate, coupe and convertible, alongside the conventional saloon. A four-door, baby-CLS is also expected to join the range at a later date.
The new C-Class is still more than a year away, but it is certain Mercedes will continue its drive on efficiency. This should mean the introduction of a hybrid – either petrol or diesel – as well as improved versions of the frugal four-cylinder motors available in the current car. Expect a flagship AMG to top the range – taking the fight to the forthcoming BMW M3 and next generation Audi RS4.