When the gaffer's tape came off the new Mercedes C-Class Estate in advance of the Frankfurt Auto Show, the fellas over at Jalopnik just about had a wagongasm.
I remain unconvinced. Though it does look better than I expected, that's largely because my expectations were so beaten down by the Camry-esque spy shots. Now, though, I see a lot more GL-Class in the mix, which I will never get used to. But if the C-Class keeps even a few thousand people from buying that fugly truck, I guess I'll be pleased.
The press release on Jalopnik appears to be for the EU/UK launch, so I'm not entirely clear what engine options will be available in the US. But the no-cost sport option has become clear. In what can only be seen as a nod to the Miami-to-Boca aftermarket bling crowd, the C-Class will be offered in three models: "Classic, Elegance, and Avantgarde."
Avantgarde features a giant star embedded in the grille, SEC-style. Classic is the star-and-grille as we know it. And Elegance, if I'm reading this right, is a body-matched painted louver grille. Which sounds to me like a Ford Edge.
The most unintentionally revealing line of the super-long press release: "Inside, the attractively styled dashboard, the high-class materials and appealing colour schemes create a homely atmosphere." Indeed, we shall see.
Mercedes Benz C-Class Estate Revealed [jalopnik]