2021 Mercedes C-Class spotted: price, specs and release date
The all-new Mercedes C-Class has been redesigned from the ground up to include a range of advanced self-driving tech, hybrid engine options and a pair of revised AMG-tuned C43 and C63 models.
- New Mercedes C-Class spotted
- Design to follow new S-Class
- Significant interior upgrades
- New infotainment tech
- Petrol, diesel and hybrid engines
- AMG-tuned C43 and C63 models
- Set to go on sale in 2021
2021 Mercedes C-Class design
The images here, of Mercedes C-Class prototypes undergoing testing, show the car’s styling isn’t going to change radically compared with the outgoing car. Put on your Mercedes geek hat and you might notice that the cabin is set further back and the headlights are angled downwards, giving a sportier, more aggressive look. The heavy camouflage hides any clues about the rear-end styling, however.
The Mercedes C-Class tends to look like a shrunken S-Class; so take a look at the latest S-Class, launched earlier this year, and you’ll have a rough idea of what the C-Class will look like.
2021 Mercedes C-Class interior
Like the exterior, you can expect the interior of the new C-Class to take plenty of inspiration from the latest S-Class. The S-Class features a minimalist dashboard with a large, portrait-orientated touchscreen display above the centre console, which houses the voice-controlled MBUX infotainment system and various vehicle settings.
Another screen sits behind the steering wheel, displaying vehicle data, plus navigation and radio/music streaming information. You can configure both screens to show exactly the information you want.
2021 Mercedes C-Class engines and driving
The Mercedes C-Class will be powered by a selection of turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with various power outputs. Most engines are expected to get mild-hybrid assistance in the form of a small electric motor and battery pack (that Mercedes calls EQ Boost) to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. There will also be at least one plug-in hybrid model.
Reports suggest all UK models will come with adaptive suspension that’ll let you choose between firmer, sporty setups and softer, more comfortable ones. Top-spec models will have air suspension to better absorb bumps and be even more comfortable. You’ll be able to choose between rear- or four-wheel-drive. The latter will be standard on the estate-based C-Class All Terrain, featuring raised suspension and tough lower body cladding so it can go off-road – a bit.
2021 Mercedes C-Class AMG models
Like the current model, the 2021 C-Class range is expected to include a pair of AMG models. Pictured here is a prototype of the C43, the lower-powered of the two. Its heavy camouflage doesn’t reveal much of the car’s styling, apart from some curious, pronounced aerodynamic flicks and fins on the front bumper. At the back, there are four exhaust pipes.
It’s likely that ever-stricter emissions regulations will force Mercedes to ditch the C63’s charismatic V8 engine and instead give it a four-cylinder turbocharged engine with hybrid assistance. It probably won’t match the V8’s signature sound, but it should produce more than 500hp, so it’s not all bad news. It’s possible the C43 will have a less powerful version of the same set up instead of the outgoing car’s turbocharged V6.
2021 Mercedes C-Class technology
The new C-Class is expected to feature a few of the advanced features that appeared on the recently revealed S-Class, including versions of its advanced driver-assistance systems and adaptive cruise control. These are capable of accelerating, steering and braking for you on motorways by following other cars and road markings. Some of these systems may only be available on top-of-the-range models, though.
2021 Mercedes C-Class price and release date
Despite the sheer of weight of new technology it carries, you can expect prices for the 2021 C-Class to start in the same £35,000 ballpark as the current model when it goes on sale in 2021.
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