The new Mercedes C-Class Estate is shaping up, ahead of an unveiling at the Detroit Motor Show in January. It'll debut alongside the saloon variant, with both cars clearly featuring styling influenced by the A, S and CLA-Class models. That means more flowing lines, a larger grille and shapely LED head and taillights.
Set to rival the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Touring, the new C-Class Estate will be based on a new modular platform called MRA. As well as offering improved packaging, a lower kerbweight and better dynamics it'll also allow engineers to fit right-hand-drive models with 4Matic four-wheel-drive for the first time. That'll give it a boost against Audi's quattro cars and BMW's xDrive models.
A range of ultra-efficient petrol and diesel engines will be offered in the C-Class Estate, with the entry-level 128bhp 1.6-litre diesel being a Renault-sourced unit. There’s also likely to be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in three states of tune, ranging from 182bhp to 249bhp.
The most popular choices will continue to be the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engines, with outputs ranging from 167bhp to 228bhp. A more performance focused 329bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine will also be offered, with the cooked-up AMG version likely powered by a new 4.0-litre turbo V8, though the E63's 5.5-litre V8 is also possible.
Prices for the new C-Class Estate are expected to rise slightly over the current model, and should kick off from around £29,000. Sales are expected to start in the first half of 2014, shortly after its unveiling in Detroit.