Seen here for the first time testing with less disguising than we'd snapped it ever before is the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - and we even got shots of the car's tail without any disguising at all.
This is it! Our exclusive spy photos show an undisguised rear-end of the next C-Class
Expect official unveiling at Geneva 2007 with sales starting shortly after. Also expect the wagon to arrive 6 months later in the autumn. Our sources state a cabriolet soft-top and coupe are also planned which we can only interpret as being the new CLK-Class which is also based on the same platform.
Although it will share more of its components than before with the larger E-Class, the next C will be much sharper to drive and more distinctive as a range in its own right: Mercedes-Benz is to position it as a true small sports saloon, rather than simply a smaller answer to the E. Air suspension or active body control have been ruled out due to cost restraints.
Base engine will be a direct injection 4-cylinder 1.8-litre with varying horsepower from 110kW to 140kW. Engine power for the 2.5- and 3.5-litre V6 will be 155kW to 200kW respectively.
AMG's 5.4-litre will be revised and kick out about 305kW to compete with the Audi RS4 and future BMW M3.
Also a 3.0-litre diesel is planned as well as the new iDrive-like operating concept found in the new S-Class. 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system will also remain available as well.