2020 Mercedes C-Class: Price, specs and release date

Matthew Mills
May 09, 2019

The 2020 Mercedes C-Class is on the way. Read on for the new C-Class’ price, specs and release date

  • Spotted

    2020 Mercedes C-Class

  • Specs include

    Mild hybrid technology

  • Price and release date

    Around £31,000; 2020

A camouflaged version of the 2020 Mercedes C-Class saloon has been photographed during dynamic testing at the Nurburgring. Here’s everything you need to know about one of the biggest car launches you can expect next year…

2020 Mercedes C-Class latest news

The 2020 Mercedes C-Class has been photographed during a performance test at the Nurburgring in Germany, albeit beneath a considerable amount of camouflage wrapping and cladding. Very little has been left uncovered, with Mercedes going as far as to add false exterior lights to this test car. Annoyingly, underneath all this camouflage, the car you see here is pretty much the finished article.

Not to worry – you can expect the 2020 Mercedes C-Class to become more in-line with the firm’s latest cars such as the A-Class. This means thinner and leaner-looking headlights, alongside a sleeker, redesigned grille. The rear lights are expecting to be narrower, too. Furthermore, much like other Mercedes cars, you can expect the new C-Class to use white-light emitting LEDs for all of its exterior lighting.

The 2020 Mercedes C-Class will have a revised version of the chassis that underpins the current E-Class. That should allow it to be lighter, for improved efficiency, and stiffer, for a more responsive feel in corners and better crash protection.

Another expectation of the 2020 Mercedes C-Class is for it to continue the current generation’s plug-in hybrid models, which combine a four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor. In current C300e versions, this gives an all-electric range of 31 miles. This means top-end versions of the 2020 Mercedes C-Class will be Congestion Charge-exempt.

2020 Mercedes C-Class price and release date

The 2020 Mercedes C-Class will be a premium saloon that mixes a relaxed drive with a plush, high-end interior. As such, it will be an alternative to cars such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE, all of which start at around £30,000. Because the current C-Class is at the higher end of its price bracket, you can expect the 2020 model to cost around £31,000.

The 2020 Mercedes C-Class is expected to go on sale next year.

2020 Mercedes C-Class specs

So far, you’ve only seen the 2020 Mercedes C-Class undergoing early testing while wearing extremely heavily camouflage. This exclusive render, however, peels away the mask showing us that the 2020 Mercedes C-Class will look like a baby version of the as-yet-unseen new S-Class. Up front, though, the diamond cut grille is reminiscent of what’s seen on the A-Class. Its prominent Mercedes badge hides the various sensors used by the new car’s autonomous driving tech. Either side of it, LED headlights are likely to be standard while matrix LEDs – that allow you to use the powerful full beams even when there are other cars in front of you – will be optional.

The lower bumper, meanwhile, hints at this being one of the most aerodynamic saloons Mercedes has ever built with breathers ahead of the front wheels that help smooth the air around the front of the car. Along the sides, strong creases help make the new C-Class look more poised while the sloping roofline and rounded rear end again aid aerodynamics. That’s all done to save fuel – not something that’s unique to the Mercedes – but what would be unique is the EQ-boost function that’s tipped to be fitted to the car. Made possible by the 2020 Mercedes C-Class’ 48V power supply, it is set to be fitted to all models to help save fuel and to provide a 100hp performance boost when overtaking via an electric motor that’s fitted to the car’s gearbox.

We’ll have more on the new C-Class soon, so bookmark this page to keep up with all the latest news.