The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of the most important cars made by Daimler. After all, it is the second best-selling model in their range, just behind the GLC crossover. It's quite an achievement given the age of the current generation. The fourth-generation model (fifth if you count the 190E) first rolled out of Bremen way back in 2015.

That makes the current C-Class, also known as the W205, a six-year-old car. Two of its prime competitors, the BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS, recently received extensive redesigns. So now is a good time for Mercedes-Benz to roll out the all-new model.

As it turns out, the German automaker has been busy putting in the final development work on the next-gen C-Class. Alleged photos of it even surfaced online without any camouflage. What we're looking at here might be the 2022 model.

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So, what's new with it? When it comes to the design, it seems that Mercedes-Benz didn't want to take too many risks. If this is the all-new C-Class, the redesign can perhaps be called evolutionary. As a model that sells over 300,000 units per year, it's understandable why Mercedes-Benz took a more cautious approach.

Should this be the final look, you'll see a fair bit of resemblance to the current model and the all-new S-Class. There's the slimmer headlights, wider grille, and prominent lower air intakes. If anything, it follows the C-Class tradition of looking like a baby S-Class. It's pretty much been that way since 1993 from the first C-Class. The spied car may be an Avantgarde model because of the massive three-pointed star on the grille. We're curious if Mercedes-Benz will keep the Exclusive model that retains the traditional hood star.

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As for the rear, it might follow the look of the S-Class and heavily facelifted E-Class. We might not see the rounded-off, triangular taillights anymore. Based on the other spy shots, the all-new C-Class could come with horizontal taillights, a first for this model.

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It seems that Mercedes-Benz is looking to its past for its interior designs. While there are a sizable touchscreen and digital instrument cluster, there's a bit of a retro theme going on in the center stack. Three round pods sitting on the top center part of the dash serve as its air-conditioning vents. It resembles the one seen in the W123 from the mid-'70s to mid-'80s.

Now for the launch date. Mercedes-Benz isn't saying anything about it yet. However, more spy photos of the car are emerging with less camouflage. It's a hint that it might not be long before the reveal. Once Mercedes-Benz starts rolling out the teaser campaigns, that means we're getting closer to its debut. That said, it's more than likely that the 2022 C-Class will be out within the year.

Source: Worldscoop Forums FR