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2014 Mercedes-Benc C-Class photos leak

Mercedes-Benz is expected to officially reveal a full set of images for the new C-Class later today, but have been beaten to the punch by the photos leaking online, courtesy of Czech site Autoforum.

Following on from the official interior images we've seen previously and a subsequent set of shots that showed the car in its entirety and in an AMG Sport version, the leaked photos show the influence and styling cues adapted from the Mercedes flagship S-Class. This will move the C further upmarket and better arm it against the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series and 4 Series when it arrives in Australia in the second half of 2014.

It will also get an uprated features list, including a heads-up display, a 7-inch infotainment screen that can be optioned up to 21.3cm, with a new 6.5x4.5cm touchpad control, GPS-linked airconditioning, optional four-mode air suspension, vehicle surround monitoring systems and more advanced active braking systems.

Mercedes says the new C-Class will be up to 100kg lighter than the current model -- largely through extensive use of aluminium body panels. While engine details haven't been confirmed, expect to see choices include an entry-level turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder, petrol V6 and turbodiesels -- with a petrol-electric hybrid on the cards for some markets -- and a new handbuilt twin-turbo 4.0-lire V8 for the AMG variant.

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