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Mercedes-Benz C-Class video teases new face and cabin

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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