Mercedes' new C-Class Estate has been spotted, with the 2014 model edging closer to production ahead of it's official debut later this year. The model has recently appeared in Stuttgart wearing practically no camouflage. This is the third time the vehicle has been spied though the lack of camouflage allows for a better idea of the production version.
Power for the model is to be produced by a range of offered engines, these feature a range of four cylinder petrol and diesel units, and a more performance focused V6 is also expected.
A new MRA modular platform has enabled the company to reduce the kerbweight and improve the vehcile's dynamics, allowing engineers to equip the right hand drive models with 4Matic four wheel dive for the first time.
Boot space for the new C-Class is expected to be in excess of 500 litres for the new estate, an increase on the current model's 485 litres, although the product manager, Iris Schleicher, commented that, “We tried to make the new wagon look like more of a lifestyle car, more stylish. It’s bigger, too, but we’re trying to ensure it doesn’t look as practical as it is.”
At the rear, the estate gains a spoiler which is mounted on top of the bootlid. It also features a slightly lower, more pronounced bumper which means that the styling lines from the flanks, which run along the bottom of the bootlid, flow into a sharper crease on the estate. The main difference on the model appears to be the taillights, which though undercover, can be seen to sit at less of an angle than on the coupe and wraparound onto the boot as well. This helps distinguish the C-Class Estate's rear from it's predecessor.
From the front, the estate looks identical to the coupe version, though the spotted model wears a luxury-look front end which won't be available in the UK. The sweptback headlights and bonnet are the same and the grille is set to feature two distinct horizontal bars which seamlessly merge into a large central Mercedes badge. The lower front bumper is also slightly different, being heavily influenced by the A-Class and CLA.
When the new model enters production it will rival the likes of the BMW 3-Series Touring and the Audi A4 Avant. Prices for the new Mercedes C-Class Estate are expected to rise slightly over the current model, starting at around £29,000.