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Here are the first shots of a completely undisguised next-generation W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class on winter testing in northern Scandinavia.

The W205 C-Class is probably very close to production now since it’s been spotted completely undisguised, and perhaps Mercedes-Benz thought the car would be safe from the prying eyes of our European spy photographers, but a super telephoto lens, perfect timing and a perfect position provided the opportunity for these shots.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class could make its motorshow debut sometime towards the end of this year or early 2014. An additional photo in this set (shown below) shows the layout of the front lamps which mimic the new W222 S-Class and the recently facelifted W212 E-Class.

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As far as our market is concerned, for engine options we’re expecting the new 2.0 litre turbo CGI engines in the E-Class facelift to power the new C-Class replacing the old 1.8 litre CGI units.

We might also see a C-Class Hybrid be made available for the first time, though it’s unclear if it will make it’s way to Malaysia with an attractive price tag due to uncertainties whether hybrid tax incentives will be continued past the end of this year.