A fresh report out of the United States claims the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class range will employ only four-cylinder engines, with no six- or eight-pot powerplants on the cards.

According to Car and Driver, the new W206-generation C-Class sedan line-up is poised to include only four-cylinder mills (in both petrol and diesel), some featuring the 48 V mild-hybrid system and some gaining the plug-in hybrid treatment.

The report furthermore suggests the fresh Mercedes-AMG variants (including the flagship C63) will lose their V6 and V8 engines as well, turning instead to the long-rumoured electrified M139 four-cylinder powertrain.

In addition, Car and Driver says every new C-Class will be fitted with the Stuttgart-based firm’s nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.

This latest information lines up neatly with an earlier report from Autocar, which listed the European engine line-up as including the 125 kW C180, the 150 kW C200, the 190 kW C300, the 147 kW C220d and the 195 kW C300d, with plug-in hybrid derivatives set to follow later.

The new C-Class saloon is expected to be fully revealed in the final week of February 2021. Mercedes-Benz South Africa has already confirmed the sedan will again be produced in East London.