The new Mercedes C-Class 2014 is due to be revealed very soon, with its official debut at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show coming up in January. Thanks to some very exposing leaks and spy shots, however, there's little left for us to see of the all-new executive saloon.
A production-ready version of the new Mercedes C-Class 2014 can be seen in the gallery above in a series of leaked images, but it's our latest spy shots that really show how the new BMW 3 Series rival will look.
The design of the new C-Class is much more like the current Mercedes S-Class, and it's sleeker than the car it replaces. Raked back LED headlights, a slopping roofline and swooping arches along the body really give it a fresh new look. The shots also seem to depict the car in the AMG styling package, too. The aggressive air intakes, larger alloy wheels and chrome-tipped exhaust pipes provide the clues.
The range-topping AMG, along with Coupe and Cabriolet models, will complete the Mercedes C-Class line-up in 2015. Sales are likely to begin shortly after the car's reveal at Detroit in January, with prices to rise a little over the current model.
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Taking on the current BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 will be no easy task but this new model looks set to be really competitive. Read on for everything else you need to know about the new Mercedes C-Class 2014.
A source within the company told Auto Express to expect a price rise of around one and a half to two percent compared with its predecessor, with a similar range of trims to the new E-Class as buyers in the UK tend towards sportier trims levels. A price tag of around £29,000 is expected, and more details are likely to emerge about engines and performance stats as we draw closer to its official debut.
The car is expected to be seen for the first time at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show in January, and be launched later on in 2014.
The new Mercedes C-Class interior has taken a giant leap forward, using the same blend of classy materials and a sweeping, wraparound dash from the S-Class to set new standards in the class. The inside of the new Mercedes C-Class 2014 looks fantastic, with brushed aluminium or exposed wood trim, high quality metal finishes for the elegant switchgear and soft ambient lighting too further enhance its premium credentials.
It's also bursting with the latest technology Mercedes can muster. Standard cars get a seven-inch screen, but opt for the COMAND online upgrade and you get the larger screen, with its pin-sharp graphics and intuitive touchpad and scroll wheel. Using simple smartphone gestures like swiping and pinching you can control virtually all the major functions, click easily through the various sub-menus and trace individual letters and numbers.
In the back the slightly longer wheelbase of the new C-Class means legroom is generous, and headroom is decent as well, while the swept back windows and wide light fabrics only increase the sense of space. The smart switches and vents are carried over to the rear seats, and although there is no official size yet, the boot looks impressively large too.
Expect a range of ultra-efficient petrol and diesel engines including a four-cylinder engine developed and built by Nissan - the first engine built in the U.S to be used in a mainstream Mercedes - while a plug-in hybrid model is also planned to help take on the new Lexus IS 300h.
A range of efficient petrol and diesel engines will be on offer with the C-Class, including an entry-level 128 bhp 1.6-litre. There's also likely to be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engines in three states of tune, ranging from 182bhp to 249bhp. Other choices include the popular 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engines and the performance focused 329bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.
Mercedes will build the car on a new modular architecture called MRA, that will allow the firm to offer its 4MATIC four-wheel drive system on right-hand drive cars for the first time, to compete with Quattro-equipped Audis and xDrive BMWs.
Click through to page 2 for more on the Mercedes C-Class Estate, the new C63 AMG performance model, and the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet.