At the front, the prototype has new LED headlamps similar to the ones on the E-Class. The reworked bumper gets revised air intakes replacing the quadrilateral ones on the current model. The overall angular design remains the same even though the new car gets a chrome embellishment on the side skirts. The rear still has the same overall profile as the current model.
Unfortunately, there isn't a lot we can say about the cabin as nothing can be seen through these images. However, the interior might possibly feature an updated infotainment system housed within a dual screen set-up as seen in the E-Class. In addition to the restyled buttons, Mercedes-Benz might also update the upholstery with new leather and trim options.
Possibly, there are changes under the skin as well that we can't see. Earlier references suggest that the carmaker might bring in the E-Class' new 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel mill to replace the current 2.1-litre diesel. However, the present turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit will be carried over. The seven- and nine-speed automatic transmission options will also be retained.
The facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class is expected to be launched globally next year. A dose of additional aggression through its new looks will keep the C-Class look fresh as it ages. The other updates should also be able to help it put up a tough fight against the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and the Jaguar XE.