Mercedes is testing a plug-in hybrid powertrain on the next-generation C-Class. Some new spy shots have become available.
We expect the Mercedes-Benz C-Class arrival in 2020 as the 2021 model. The key market for it will be the USA. Meanwhile, early prototypes are undergoing road tests. One of them, densely masked, caught the eye of ever-present car paparazzi.
The charging port is hidden, but we are not misled. To make sure this is a PHEV, look at the rear door handle and farther to the right, see the windshield with the yellow dot proving the vehicle is electrified.
Spy photos don’t demonstrate the car inside but give us a chance to imagine. We believe all Mercedes’s upcoming models will have a MBUX infotainment system.
The C-Class PHEV is put on the brand’s MRA2 platform. Styling changes are difficult to observe so far. The headlights seem smaller, a large sensor in the grille’s center may hint at the presence of more advanced driver assist features.
The carmaker will test various powertrains and, in general, plans to introduce 20 plug-in hybrid versions of its models (E- C-, S-Class) by the end of next year. They have a 13.5kWh battery allowing up to 31 miles (50km) of electric-only range.