2021 Mercedes C-Class Estate: price, specs and release date

James Allen
August 20, 2020

An all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate has been spotted being tested before this practical premium car is revealed in 2021.

  • Subtle styling tweaks
  • Petrol, diesel and hybrid engines
  • More spacious than the current car
  • Set to go on sale in 2021
  • Expected to cost from around £34,000

These images are your first chance to see the upcoming Mercedes C-Class Estate before this Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series alternative it makes its public debut in 2021.

Heavy camouflage disguises most of the new C-Class Estate’s design.

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate design

Despite all the camouflage on the test cars, it’s pretty clear the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate won’t look dramatically different to the current car. The headlights and front grille have received a few tweaks, however. Now they appear to have a more rounded design that falls in line with the recently revised Mercedes E-Class and upcoming S-Class.

The Estate’s flatter roof and bigger boot are obvious on this prototype. 

It’s almost certain the new C-Class Estate will be available in AMG-Line spec, which will make the car’s styling a bit sportier and more aggressive than the standard vehicle thanks to some new bumpers and bigger alloy wheels.

The old C-Class Estate’s cabin, shown here, will receive a number of significant upgrades. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate interior

We haven’t even caught a glimpse yet of the new C-Class Estate’s interior, though it’s likely the cabin will take a few cues from the new S-Class limo. Of course, it won’t be anywhere near as luxurious, but features like the swooping centre console, the large central touchscreen and the digital instrument display should inspire the new C-Class Estate’s cabin design.

The new C-Class Estate’s dimensions won’t be confirmed until it’s officially revealed in 2021. You can expect it to be slightly longer and a smidge wider than the current car. As a result, the latest model should offer a bit more interior space for passengers and marginally more boot space, too. 

The C-Class Estate’s overall proportions won’t change radically for this new model. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate engines and driving

The new C-Class Estate will have a wide variety of engine options for buyers to choose from. Expect the bulk of the line-up to consist of turbocharged four-cylinder and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. More powerful petrol six-cylinder and V8 options will likely arrive later when the performance-oriented AMG C43 and C63 versions join the range.

Most of the new C-Class Estate’s engines will be offered with some sort of hybrid system.

A sizeable chunk of those engines will likely be electrified, too. Depending on the engine size and trim level, these are expected to include mild-hybrids (where a small motor-generator unit gives the engine a helping hand under acceleration), as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid setups that allow you to drive short distances under electric-only power.

The majority of the engines available in the new C-Class Estate will come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Mercedes may choose to offer the least powerful models with a six-speed manual gearbox, but it’s likely these versions won’t be available in the UK.

You’ll have to wait until 2021 to get your hands on this new C-Class Estate. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate price and release date

The C-Class Estate is still in the early stages of development, so it would be surprising to see the car shown off in full later this year. Instead, it’s far more likely it’ll be unveiled and go on sale before the end of 2021.

While prices won’t be known for a while yet, don’t be surprised if the new C-Class Estate is modestly more expensive than the current car. Expect the range to start at around £34,000, and climb to somewhere in the £70,000 ballpark for the most powerful AMG versions.

Check out the latest Mercedes C-Class Estate deals on the outgoing car or head over to our list of the best estate cars on sale for a selection of great alternatives.