Mercedes C-class (2015) Nurburgring spy shots
Mercedes' new C-class saloon has set foot onto the Nurburgring to begin its programme*of endurance testing.
Though heavily disguised at both ends with black cladding, the structure of the nose with Mercedes' current upright grille and large badge design is clearly evident here. It looks almost ready for production, but don't be fooled: with the current C-class range recently overhauled, the new W205 car won't arrive until 2015.
So the new C-class will crib styling from other Mercedes cars?
Yes indeed. Getting consumers to buy into the 'mini-S-class' idea is a big part of the C-class appeal. The new C will borrow elements from other Merc though. The familiar grille first worn by the SLS has been grafted onto the SLK, SL and CLS since, so expect Merc's baby saloon to get the same treatment.
Tail lights will be swept into the flanks a la CLS too, but don't expect the 2015 C-class to be too rakish. Mercedes will instead create a little brother to the CLS in the shape of the CLA, an entry-level 'coupaloon' due to appear in 2013, according to CAR's sources.