Our spy photographers confirmed last month’s rumor about Mercedes-Benz working on a brand-new C-Class to fill the gap between the C400 and the more powerful C63 AMG . This confirmation comes by way of a wagon version of the C450 AMG Sport stretching its legs in Germany.
Caught completely undisguised, the second-brawniest current-generation C-Class Wagon sports a more aggressive front bumper that doesn’t stray too far from the piece seen on the regular model and an AMG-style grille that carries just one horizontal bar.
Around back, the differences are less noticeable, with only a dual-exhaust system catching our eyes. The wagon also benefits from a different set of wheels that are similar to some we’ve seen recently from AMG. The "4MATIC" badge on the rear hatch suggests the C450 AMG Sport will arrive with all-wheel-drive.
Scheduled to hit the market sometime in 2015, both the sedan and wagon versions of the C450 will carry a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6. This engine puts out 329 horsepower in the C400 model, so it wouldn’t shocked us to see the hotter C450 AMG Sport carry more than 370 ponies.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes C450 Sport AMG Wagon.
May 27, 2014 - First testing session
As we stressed when talking about the sedan, the C450 AMG Sport has no direct competitor in the United States right now. The wagon will go against the S4 Wagon in Europe, but Audi has no plans to sell the vehicle here in the U.S. Likewise, BMW has yet to build an M version of the 3 Series estate, while Cadillac doesn’t seem anxious to expand the ATS lineup with a grocery getter.
With the Audi A6 Allroad and the Cadillac CTS and CTS-V Wagon competing in a different league in terms of size, the only compact wagon out there is the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon. But only as far as dimensions are concerned, because the Bimmer lacks the power of the C450 AMG Sport. More suited to take on the regular C-Class Wagon , the 3 Series comes equipped with a 2.0-liter, inline-four engine that generates 241 horsepower. Priced from $41,450 — obviously cheaper than the upcoming Mercedes — the BMW can return up to 33 mpg on the highway.
That being said, we can only hope that the arrival of the C450 AMG Sport will lead to Audi and BMW bringing their beefier wagons over the Pond. And why not, maybe Cadillac will decide to take the ATS into new territory with a "V" badge and a wagon rear end.