Spy photographers have caught the 2022 Mercedes C-Class on numerous occasions, but now we’re getting a glimpse of the AMG-ified wagon.
While there isn’t much to see, the model features a Panamericana grille which is hidden behind mesh-like camouflage. We can also expect a sportier front bumper, but details are hard to make out at this point.
Continuing down the sides, the model is distinguished by AMG wheels which are backed up by a high-performance braking system with ventilated discs. The wagon also appears to feature sportier side skirts than the standard model.
The rear end makes the car’s performance known thanks to a four-tailpipe exhaust system that is separated by a diffuser. The exhaust is also notable because it indicates this prototype is the mild AMG variant as it has round tips instead of the square tips found on full-bore AMG models.
As a result, we’re looking at the C43 or C53. Regardless of what it’s called, the model is slated to eschew the current twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 for a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. While that sounds like a downgrade, that’s not necessarily the case as the engine develops 415 hp (310 kW / 421 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque in the A45 S.
This is 30 hp (22 kW / 30 PS) more than the current C43, but a drop of 15 lb-ft (20 Nm). Of course, the exact output remains a mystery.
Timing also remains unclear, but the standard C-Class is expected to be introduced early next year. It will likely be followed by the AMG variants a few months later.
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