A video teasing the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has given us a glimpse of the premium mid-sizer’s exterior design and interior layout ahead of its anticipated unveiling at January’s Detroit auto show.
Though Mercedes-Benz hasn’t officially confirmed the vehicle in the 21-second clip is its new fourth-generation 3 Series rival, the sneak peeks provided by the video are consistent with earlier spy photos of the new C-Class sedan and wagon captured in recent months.
In the description accompanying the video, Mercedes-Benz says the upcoming model will feature “an interior with a high-class ambience, a new touchpad control surface and a lightweight bodyshell”.
The touchpad controller sits at the base of the centre armrest, hovering above a smaller rotary dial. Other quality cabin features include stylised Burmester speakers in the front doors, S-Class-inspired circular air vents and blue ambient lighting along the centre console, as well as generous lashings of red and black leather, brushed metal and polished wood veneers.
The video also gives us an unhindered (albeit blurry) look at the new front end of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which as expected borrows styling cues from the flagship S-Class including its prominent grille, assertive headlights and purposeful lower intakes.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will grow to create more rear legroom and to distance it from the new CLA-Class sedan that is actually slightly longer than the current mid-sized sedan.
Mercedes’ rival for the 3 Series, Audi A4 and Lexus IS is set to reach European showrooms around the middle of next year before landing on our shores in the second half of 2014.