The next-generation W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been spotted barreling down the Nurburgring for the first time, following a series of tests which include the mandatory cold weather testing.

Design-wise, there’s not much to work on, seeing as the mule is still completely clad in camo wrap. However, it’s likely that the W206 model will take on an evolutionary step of the Sensual Purity philosophy, with less prominent creases, slimmer headlamps and swanky LED tail lights.

Under the flesh, sources say, rests a new version of the Modular Rear Architecture (MRA2), which is claimed to provide more space for passengers. The updated platform will also feature components with the automaker’s Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA), which grants further flexibility in terms of electrification.

There will be range of engines on offer, some of which could well be supplemented by a 48-volt electrical architecture parked under the EQ Boost umbrella. These include the M264 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol powerplant introduced on the facelifted W205, which comes in 1.5 and 2.0 litre displacements.

Other engines that are likely to be in the line-up include a 3.0 litre mild hybrid twin-turbo straight-six for the AMG C 53, which substitutes the C 43, while the C 63 should get the familiar 4.0 litre biturbo V8.

Expect the new C-Class to get many of the technologies featured on recent models, including the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) that was given a miss with the W205 facelift.