There was a rumor back in April that Mercedes-Benz was busy developing a C450 model that would sit in between the current top-shelf C-Class, the C400, and the coming-soon C63 AMG. It appears that is entirely the case, and our spy shooters have the photos to prove it, showing off the newest model with no camouflage (in fetching Touring guise, no less).

Wearing a C450 4Matic badge at the rear and Sport AMG emblems on the front fenders, exact details about the new model still aren't confirmed. The 4Matic designation indicates all-wheel drive for this particular vehicle, but rear-wheel drive could be available, as well. Power is rumored to be increased from the current 329 horsepower from the 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 in the C400 up to 367 horsepower.

Of course, the C450 doesn't get a full suite of AMG upgrades – those are reserved for the C63. However, buyers should still be able to show that they have something special. These spy photos highlight the C450's diamond grille, large wheels and quad tailpipes nestled in a rear diffuser. The car is also rumored to benefit from an improved suspension and brakes.

As these photos show, the model is being tested as a C-Class Touring, but a sedan version is almost a certainty as well. Besides, the wagon isn't even confirmed for the US yet. Our spies claim that the Sport AMG will likely be ready for sale by 2015. That seems hard to debate, because the car seen here looks ready to hit the road today.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 6 Months Ago
      Mercedes needs to come around and sell the wagon here, it looks fantastic.
      Thunderbuck
      • 6 Months Ago
      This looks SOOOOO much nicer than the droopy-ass sedan...
      Orson
      • 6 Months Ago
      To get around the same old excuses from Audi/BMW/Mercedes about federalization/crash test costs for NA... Mercedes COULD double down. Whatever minimum total amount to make a business case, offer this wagon in both a performance amg version, and a stripped down diesel.
      Diana
      • 6 Months Ago
      I want one!!!!! BAD!
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm not a wagon fan, but......I'd hit that.
      ferps
      • 6 Months Ago
      Is there any chance at all that we could get this in the US?
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm sorry, any Mercedes with the -400 or -450 suffix needs to have a V8 under the hood. It just does. Mercedes, can we PLEASE go back to the nomenclature actually corresponding to engine displacement? People will still buy them, I promise.
        Susan
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        Agree with your last paragraph.. But there is no requirement for no. of clyinders; 400 or 450 implies 4.0 or 4.5 litres. Some marine diesels are 400 litres....
      11fiveoh
      • 6 Months Ago
      OMG want this to replace my s4, since we all know audi hates americans :(
      Steve
      • 6 Months Ago
      It's so beautiful
      churchmotor
      • 6 Months Ago
      Hey carguy1701, Driving a 15 year old re-badged Nissan Maxima implies you've given up on having dreams, for one. Also, and this is speaking purely from experience, All Infiniti drivers are morons. I was behind one a couple weeks ago and the driver barely stopped at stop signs in a residential neighborhood.
      W196R
      • 6 Months Ago
      Oh man, only if they bring this to the states. This would be the perfect replacement for my Audi S4.
      carguy1701
      • 6 Months Ago
      AWD isn't necessary at this power level unless you live somewhere it snows a lot and/or don't know what snow tires are. I suspect RWD will be available. Not like it matters, the C-class wagon hasn't been sold in North America since 2005.
        churchmotor
        • 6 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Or, someone has the money and can afford the assurance of AWD.
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