The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate has been spied free of camouflage, giving an undisguised look at the rear of the next-generation premium mid-sized wagon.
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The images – captured by CarAdvice's spy photographers in Germany – reveal smaller, rounder LED tail-lights spanning the tailgate and rear three-quarter panels of the fourth-generation C-Class, evolving the design language debuted on the compact A-Class hatch and GLA-Class crossover.

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A thin chrome beam connects the rear lamps across the tailgate, and is paralleled low in the rear bumper where twin exhaust outlets are integrated into a stylised chrome strip.

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be larger than the outgoing model, promising increased cabin space and more cargo capacity in its boot, which currently measures 485 litres.

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The images come just weeks after the all-new C-Class sedan was uncovered in a revealing set of spy photographs, showing every angle of the of its exterior, and a little over a month after Mercedes-Benz released official images of the car’s redesigned interior and details of its forthcoming technology features.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan will make its official public debut at next month’s Detroit motor show, with the wagon expected to step out a few months later.

The new C-Class sedan will reach Australian showrooms in the second half of 2014, replacing the third-generation luxury mid-sized model that landed here in mid 2007. The wagon will launch internationally towards the end of 2014, though is not expected in Australia until 2015.