The updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class was only unveiled at the Geneva motor show last March. Nevertheless, we already look forward to the new 2020 Mercedes C-Class and thanks to the latest spy images we can give you a glimpse to the future.
The current Mercedes-Benz C-Class is anything but understated and that is no wonder; at the beginning of this year it was subjected to a – modest – facelift. Car manufacturers, however, look far ahead and that is why it is logical that in the hermetically sealed laboratory spaces in Sindelfingen the successor has long since been passionately modeled and tinkered with.
In fact, the all-new C-Class is already being subjected to practical tests on the public roads. Espionage photographers managed to capture the new W205 Mercedes, revealing a familiar, but slightly more dynamic styling.
Who has followed what has happened recently with the interiors of the other newly introduced Mercedes, will understand that the classic clocks will also be history in the C-Class. Two large, interconnected screens will soon also form the cockpit in the C-Class, the familiar Comand buttons disappear, but in order to keep the interface between man and machine accurate, the virtual buttons on the touch screen increase as soon as you approach your finger.
The W206 will be built on the MRA2 platform, the revision of the first version MRA architecture, which we find under the skin of the current C and E-Class. The abbreviation stands for Mercedes Rearwheel Achitecture. Edition 2 is slightly lighter built and also shares a number of components with EVA, Electric Vehicle Architecture, intended for the EQ models. Partly because of this, the next C-Class will have access to a 48 volt power supply network, just like the next generation S-Class.
This offers more room for toying with energy-saving systems, but also has the advantage that things such as a pressure charger, air conditioning and the brake and power steering can be electrically driven. This has the plus point that the start-stop system can also do its work if the car is not completely stationary and the combustion engine can even be switched off at speed, for the so-called ‘sailing’ effect.
As far as combustion engines are concerned, the four-cylinder petrol engines that we are currently familiar with will remain on offer: 1.6-liter gasoline with direct injection with 129 hp and 210 Nm (C 160) or 156 hp and 250 Nm (C 180) and 2-liter diesel with 150 hp and 360 Nm. Upper in the range we find the three-liter six-in-line diesel that comes with one turbo and delivers 286 hp and 600 Nm. With double turbos the same engine is good for 340 hp and 700 Nm. At the very top there is a six-cylinder petrol engine that must tower above 400 hp.
On the green side of the spectrum, Mercedes-Benz is planning another plug-in hybrid coupled to a four-cylinder petrol engine, promising to drive at least one hundred kilometers without a drop of petrol. An impressive figure for a PHEV; the average commuter can leave the petrol engine off for the whole week.
Naturally, the next C-Class also takes great steps in the field of assistance systems. As usual with a new Mercedes, some things from the higher class find its way down. For example, the owner of a C-Class can use the key to park his car himself without even being inside. Also, the adaptive cruise control uses input that it receives from navigation when determining the speed.
We expect the next generation of C-Class on the road sometimes in the course of 2020. Photos: Autoweek.nl