The first images of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan have been leaked online ahead of the W206-generation model’s official unveiling.

Scheduled to make its world premiere on 23 February 2021, the new sedan has hit the internet early, with (typically low-resolution) photographs published on social media by French publication, The Automobilist.

The images (see the full set in the post embedded below) show the new premium midsize saloon from various angles, giving us a good look at the new front end and the revised rump, the latter complete with a fresh taillamp orientation.

There are also a handful of images showing the interior of the new C-Class, which gains a large, centralised, vertically positioned infotainment screen (running the second-generation MBUX software first seen on the new S-Class) and a fully digital instrument cluster. Other interesting features of the cabin include the new facia treatment, air-vent arrangement and head-up display.

The Stuttgart-based firm earlier confirmed the new-generation C-Class would become its first model series to be “electrified throughout”. This lines up neatly with earlier reports suggesting the sedan line-up would be limited to four-cylinder mills (in both petrol and diesel), some featuring the 48 V mild-hybrid system and some gaining the plug-in hybrid treatment.

We expect the newcomer to ride on an updated version of the outgoing model’s rear-wheel-drive architecture, perhaps with slightly more space between its axles. As a reminder, Mercedes-Benz South Africa will again produce the sedan at its plant in East London.