At first glance, you might think these spy photos show off the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. After all, this test car sports obviously widened fenders, not to mention camouflage around all of the areas we would expect Mercedes to modify its C-Class sedan for a high-power version. However, according to our spy shooters, it's all a ruse. Under all the obfuscation, this C-Class is apparently a test mule for the next-gen E-Class.

The key to this cover-up is that the next E-Class is expected to share the same modular platform with the C-Class. That makes it relatively easy for Mercedes' engineers to mock up the larger sedan and send it out for testing with a modest amount of camo. In this case, the wider fenders are easy to spot, but it takes an eagle eye to also spot the added length. If you look at the test car in profile, notice that there is extra room in the length of the hood and in the area between the wheel well and front door, compared to the standard C-Class.

Earlier rumors put the launch of the new E-Class in 2016, possibly to coincide with the debut of Mercedes' rumored, new inline-six engine. If true, that might make this a fairly early prototype for the next E. We expect the sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon variants to all continue to be offered, but of course, Mercedes has yet to confirm any of them as of right now.

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      Why is Mercedes putting that droopy arse on everything along with unimaginitive, entry level looking taillights? All their vehicles are starting to appear to have two design teams. One working on the forward 3/4th of the car and the other on the rear.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It isn't testing in a "C-class body," it just looks exactly like a C-class.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Given that they've just refreshed it, it should definitely be at least 2016 if not longer.
      Harry Chin
      • 1 Year Ago
      wait...they just refreshed it this year? and pretty huge refresh..and they are going to overhaul completely now? what the..
      • 1 Year Ago
      Easily the most un-exciting spy shots out there. It's average buyer is probably catching the earlybird 2pm dinner special and going to bed at 9pm.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uhh, ok.. I can wait. It's noot like they desperately need to get a new one out. The new (facelifted) E-class looks really really good as it is, especially in sport guise.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Um.....I got a better story. MB Pullman price is a million bucks. Its a 6 seater and is armor-plated. Now ... .your turn autoblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      You guys need your eyes checked. There is no extra length between the front door and wheel well compared to the C Class. This is a C Class.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Are you kidding? There's almost 4 more inches from the back of the front wheel well to the cut line for the front door and fender.
          • 1 Year Ago
          4 more inches, right. Your eyes are that well calibrated huh? It looks exactly the same to me.
      • 1 Year Ago
      An E class with an inline 6? The return of the 300E?? If only they could go back to that (W124) body style... Of course, the current one looks really good.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Auto journalist perennially leave me confused about production dates. Does "in 2016" mean as a '16 model or '17 model?
        • 1 Year Ago
        A 2016 release likely means it is released in late 2016 (usually fall time frame) as a 2017 model year.
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