Subsequent-generation Mercedes C-class – to spawn subsequent M3-rivalling AMG C63
What we do know is that it’ll share comparable underpinnings with the present mannequin, constructed on the identical MRA platform, and mix an analogous structure of longitudinally mounted four- and six-cylinder engines with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive shall be optionally available as now, and count on a wider integration of electrification in delicate, parallel and plug-in hybrid fashions relying on the specification and market.
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Of most significance although, the brand new C-class may even accommodate AMG’s suite of efficiency engines, made up from each turbocharged straight-six and V8 models. As in AMG’s new ‘53’ AMG fashions, the straight-six must be turbocharged and its ancillaries powered from an electrical motor fairly than immediately off the engine, whereas we count on the identical good M177 4-litre ‘hot-V’ V8 engine to prime the vary. There’s an related threat with becoming V8 engines in one of these automobile as the most recent spherical of emissions rules are resulting from tighten but additional, however this engine’s use throughout the AMG vary, to not point out Aston Martin, has meant that Mercedes has invested closely to make sure the engine is future-proofed, at the least within the brief time period.
AMG’s current pattern of appropriating all-wheel drive to its fashions may additionally make it into the following spherical of AMG C-class fashions, particularly if the rival BMW M3/M4 additionally undertake all-wheel drive, which is a definite risk.
Inside, we suspect the C-class will draw inspiration from the brand new A-class, with Merc’s now trademark dual-screen set-up positive to be mixed with the most recent MBUX interface and touchpads.
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The design, from what we are able to see beneath the thick camouflage, additionally appears to take an evolutionary path, sharing comparable proportions and window-line with the present automobile. Slimmer headlights will seemingly body a big grille opening, whereas on the rear new lighting clusters will bleed into the boot lid, differing from right this moment’s one-piece upright models.
As the present C-class was solely launched in 2014, we don’t count on the brand new mannequin to be seen until 2021, at which level we must always have a brand new BMW M3/M4, and new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio derivatives to behave as stable rivals for the upcoming C-class we’re actually all in favour of.