The new wagon version of the impressive C-Class sedan is expected to make its international debut at the 2014 Paris motor show in October, though these images suggest series production of the new model may have already commenced.
A number of different variants were spotted by CarAdvice's European photographers, including what appears to be an AMG performance variant - or at the very least a C-Class Estate with a sports body kit and large alloy wheels (see third image).
The C-Class Estate line-up will likely mirror the sedan range in terms of engine options, including the ultra-frugal C300 Hybrid turbo-diesel model that sips 3.8 litres per 100km in sedan guise and the expected C350 Plug-in Hybrid version which is due in 2015, that will have a claimed usage of about 3.0L/100km. Other engines include the C180 which is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo petrol (not likely for Australia), and a choice of petrol or diesel C250 four-cylinder turbo models.
The sportier C400 model will pack a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 with 245kW and 480Nm, while the recently rumoured C450 AMG Sport - if offered in Estate guise - will do a little better, with more than 270kW and 500Nm. The hotly anticipated C63 AMG version is to be powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.
A six-speed manual is available in Europe though all C-Classes coming to Australia will pair their engines with a seven-speed auto.
Mercedes-Benz Australia manager of public relations and product communications Jerry Stamoulis told CarAdvice that the new model is due to arrive locally in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Exact models and specifications are yet to be revealed, but Stamoulis said the Estate version will closely mirror the sedan line-up, with a small price premium expected.
Click the Photos tab above for more images of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate.