It seems that Mercedes-Benz has plenty of things on its plate this year. In order to maintain its position at the top spot of the luxury car market, the company is looking to completely refresh its lineup with next-generation models. One of the much-awaited new cars of the brand is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The new C-Class, designated as the W206, is expected to be unveiled late this year as a 2021 model. The most likely venue for its debut would be the Paris Motor Show in October.
Motor1 happened to come across the 2021 C-Class during its testing at Nurburgring, and here are the things we learned about it:
It Uses the Revised MRA Platform
The upcoming C-Class sedan apparently retains the shape and size of its existing model, but it will utilize an upgraded version of Mercedes’ Modular Rear-Wheel-Drive Architecture (MRA) platform. This will allow a more spacious interior for the passengers as well as a plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid powertrain configurations for the auto. It will be complemented by a multi-link rear setup and adaptive dampers for the high-level trims of the vehicle.
It is still hard to see what’s beneath the heavy camouflage of the C-Class. However, based on its exposed areas, it will have narrower and more angular headlamps and taillights. Although the spy video does not reveal much, expect the rear lamps to run across the trunk lid similar to the new A-Class Sedan, CLA, and CLS.
The video shows the C-Class cruising at high-speeds and taking on sharp corners with ease. These speak a lot about the performance and handling of the auto.
The car will most probably come in four-cylinder and six-cylinder power trims. As mentioned earlier, it will also be offered in gasoline, diesel and hybrid models. The mild-hybrid top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG C63 S might ditch the V8 in favor of a mild-hybrid six-pot engine that will surpass its current model’s 503 hp output.