If you pay attention to our monthly sales reports, you may have noticed that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class outsold the BMW 3 Series during the month of January. Benz is undoubtedly patting itself on the back, but the automaker is also hard at work on the next-gen 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which could steal even more sales away from BMW thanks to new powertrains, added features, and new styling. We recently captured the C-Class on the streets, where the new sedan showed off more of its rear end.
The new C-Class should showcase a number of styling cues we’ve seen in recent Benzes like the CLA and revamped 2014 E-Class. This tester appears to be fitted with production-spec taillights (the last test mule had dummy units) with design touches that should be as intricate as the CLA’s. The lower edge of the bumper reveals integrated dual exhaust tips for a clean look already used on other Benz models like the S- and E-Class.
In addition to its rear-drive layout, the C-Class will further separate itself from the CLA with a wide range of powertrains. Among the additions will be a turbodiesel, most likely the 2.1-liter four-cylinder from the 2013 GLK250, where it’s rated at 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Rumors also point to a new hybrid powertrain capable of propeling the C-Class for up to 18 miles on zero-emissions electric mode. And despite its larger dimensions, the new model will be lighter and stiffer, riding on Benz’s new MRA (modular rear-drive) platform.
Not surprisingly, Benz is expected to pack the 2014 C-Class with a long list of new technology such as Forward Collision Assist. Indeed, a close inspection of the tester’s front end reveals a number of sensors and cameras (like the ones mounted ahead of the rear view mirror) needed for the advanced safety features. The tester’s front clip is heavily camouflaged, but we expect design elements to mimic the CLA and E-Class.