The all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is due for a global debut in the coming year, replacing the recently updated W204 range.
These latest spy photos show the new sedan testing in Europe, although heavy camouflage obscures the new car's finer details.
Heavy cladding over the bonnet's leading edge suggests a curvier snout lies beneath, and the decoy headlamps indicate there will be drastic changes to the new front end of the new 2014 C-Class.
From the A-pillar back, the new model wears a roofline not too dissimilar to the current model - an approach that BMW also took with its new 3 Series sedan.
With its debut still sometime off, we can only speculate as to which engines will drive the new C-Class, and we will likely see a hybrid model figure in the line-up.
The usual assortment of four-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel engines, as well as petrol and diesel V6s, will also feature.
Further down the line, a high-performance AMG variant will almost certainly have a small-capacity twin-turbo V8 shoehorned under the bonnet.
The new model will continue to be driven at the rear wheels (some overseas markets will also receive AWD models), but a nine-speed automatic may take over from the current seven-speed 7G tronic automatic as the C-Class' high-end transmission.