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A new rear window rake, swage lines and a panoramic glass roof (like its big brother S-Class) distinguish the next-gen Mercedes C-Class, caught by spies in some sort of processing facility in Europe. Despite the diesel badging, says Edmunds Straightline Blog, we can expect the US-bound C-Class to be powered by the corporate 3.5-liter V6, hooked to Merc's 7G-Tronic autobox. We'll see the new C at the Geneva show next year, possibly alongside new GLK mini ute with which it shares architectural components. Flying buttresses sold separately.

FV Report: 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class [Edmunds Straightline Blog]

Spy Photos: More on the W204 Mercedes C-Class [internal]