We aren't expecting to see the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class until the 2014 Detroit Auto Show next January, but our quick-snapping spy shooters managed to catch a prototype being pulled out from under the covers. In these shots, we can clearly see that the new C-Class will take many of its design cues from the larger E- and S-Class sedans – something that's especially noticeable with the more vertical taillamps.

When Mercedes-Benz launches the new C-Class next year, it will reportedly come with a range of gasoline, diesel and hybrid powerplants, as well as a couple of different bodystyles (at least sedan and coupe, anyway). Of course, Mercedes-Benz will need to reposition the C-Class in its lineup, since this small sedan will no longer be the entry point to the brand, what with the fresh new CLA-Class hitting our market later this year.

Still, there should be a lot to like about the upcoming C-Class, and folks from Mercedes-Benz are eager to get this thing on the road. In an earlier Automotive News report, the company's US CEO, Steve Cannon, admitted that, "We were fighting the 3 Series with two arms tied behind our back, and now we will change that."


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      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like it will be a mini S-Class. Not such a bad thing. Can't wait to see the whole thing so that I can form an actual opinion.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another amorphic blob. Hideous. Never thought I'd say this but the Lexus IS 2014 is a much sharper looking car in this class.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Logan Abner
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a Corolla. As a long time MB fan, Audi is making the best looking cars on the market right now. Everything else just look like unimaginative blobs.. This being no different.
        leo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Logan Abner
        bs, audi is boring ... they have no design, just flat and straight... the only daring thing in their lineup is the grill, and that is getting old now only audi worth anything is the S5
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      Lucky Vanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      MB lost their way a long time ago this will be another overpriced,underpowered,undersized for the price POS.
        Feurig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        A lot more goes into price than power and size...
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        @ Lucky Vanos You're just another of those MB haters I guess....
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        jessesrq
        • 1 Year Ago
        It's called a pre-production prototype for a reason. I'm no M-B fan, but criticizing panel gaps on a prototype a year from coming to market is like chastising a toddler for coloring outside the lines.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        Criticizing a pre-production prototype over askew lines, now whose the moron??
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like another hyundai benz. Taillights could be off the new Regal, roofline and windowline are very warped, and I can imagine the front will have no cohesiveness with anything, as with all other mb cars coming out lately.
      Jacel
      • 1 Year Ago
      suzuki kisashi
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes made a smart move when they returned their sedans to their angular roots. Now it looks like they are going back to making blobby-shaped things that lack identity. Square Mercedes good. Round Mercedes bad.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        Square?? Your thinking of GM. (Thats right GM fanboys, come get me!)
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      To be honest, my first reaction to that first photo was "Buick Regal". Not from the other spy shots that followed, but just that first one with the cover pulled up.
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        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yeah, this totally looks exactly like a Corolla........... if you are legally blind.
        Feurig
        • 1 Year Ago
        I hate this crap. What's next, you're gonna see a 911 and say "it looks like a Miata." Give me a break.
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