Un­der the skin

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Gotcha! -

WHATIS IT? Mercedes C-Class WHYTHE FUSS? Bedrock for the Benz brand WHEN’S IT HERE? Early 2014 HOWMUCH? Slightly less than to­day DE­VEL­OP­MENT of the next new C-Class is un­der way and the car is caught by Carparazzi dur­ing test­ing at the Nur­bur­gring. The new look is hid­den un­der plas­tic but it’s safe to ex­pect a chunkier body, with looks like the CLS coupe than the C. The car should be a lit­tle higher and wider but the big change will be in more ef­fi­cient en­gines — in­clud­ing a four that switches back to two cylin­ders at cruis­ing speeds.

Paul Gover Cars­guide was first with the news of anM­car based on BMW’s Gran Coupe and now Carparazzi has caught it dur­ing de­vel­op­ment tests. The looks are largely un­changed but the stylish four-door picks up the twin-turbo V8 me­chan­i­cal pack­age from the lat­est M5 sedan and M6 coupe and con­vert­ible twins. A much big­ger new X5 is be­ing de­vel­oped to bat­tle the su­per­sized new Range Rover. The Ger­man SUV hero is also be­ing forced up­mar­ket by the lat­est X3, which is the same size as the orig­i­nal X5, and there are strong ru­mours it will be avail­able for the first time as a seven-seater. A new two-door Ghost coupe is about to join the line-up at Rolls-Royce. The new­comer ex­tends the Ghost range in the same pat­tern as the larger Phan­tom, which points — even­tu­ally — to a new con­vert­ible with a sim­i­lar low-line roof to the car be­ing tested at BMW’s new HQ in Ger­many.

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