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by Tim Beissmann

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped a prototype of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate testing in Sweden just days after capturing its sedan sibling.

The wagon version of the German manufacturer’s flagship mid-sized performance model borrows styling cues from the sedan, incorporating an E63 AMG-style ‘A-Wing’ splitter flanked by large air intakes at the front and an integrated diffuser between traditional quad exhaust outlets at the rear.

Though Mercedes-Benz is yet to officially reveal the new-generation C-Class Estate in any form, spy shots taken in December uncovered the rear styling of a base variant.

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The latest shots suggest the C63 AMG Estate will largely mirror the design of the regular C-Class wagon, though gains a beefier rear bumper panel with more defined contours and appears to do away with the chrome strip spanning the tailgate between the lights.

As with the C63 AMG sedan, the new super station wagon abandons its predecessor’s naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 in favour of Affalterbach’s brand-new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8. Power is tipped to inch up over the outgoing engine’s 336kW, while torque should get a big boost over the current car’s 600Nm.

Brawnier examples – the ‘S-Model’ designation may replace the current ‘Performance Pack’ nomenclature – are expected to produce upwards of 370kW and well beyond the 620Nm of the current C63 AMG 507 Edition.

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Unlike recent additions to the AMG line-up, namely the E63 and S63, the new-generation C63 AMG won’t have an all-wheel-drive option, instead retaining the car’s traditional rear-wheel-drive layout.

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan and wagon duo will go on sale in Australia in 2015, with the former scheduled for the first half of the year and the latter likely to arrive a few months later.

The sedan will debut at September’s Paris motor show, though timing for the unveiling of the wagon is unclear at this stage.

The regular C-Class wagon isn’t expected to reach our shores until early 2015 following the arrival of the new sedan in July/August.

Click the Photos tab for more images of the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate.




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