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Mercedes has lifted the covers off its new C-Class estate, which will arrive in UK showrooms in September.

Seen here for the first time in these official pictures, the estate model shares the same curvaceous good looks of the recently introduced saloon. Prices have yet to be announced, but the new model is expected to command a £1,200 premium over the standard four-door, spec for spec.

At launch, the C-Class Estate will be available with three engine options: a 179bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol, badged the C200, and a brace of 2.1-litre turbodiesels developing 168bhp in the C220 and 201bhp in the C250.

Further engines, including six-cylinder petrol units and a hybrid version will be introduced to the range early next year. A manual gearbox is offered as standard, though most examples are likely to be specified with Mercedes' optional seven-speed automatic.

The C-Class Estate has grown in size compared to its predecessor, being some 96mm longer overall. This translates into greater room for rear seat passengers, with improvements to head, shoulder and legroom.

The main appeal of the estate, however, is of course the additional load space it offers over the saloon. With the rear seats in place, the new model offers 450 litres of luggage space, rising to 1510 litres when they're folded flat. This is comparable to the car's main rival, the BMW 3 Series Touring, which offers 495 litres and 1,500 litres respectively.

The C-Class's well-appointed interior is carried over unchanged from the saloon, and is available with some high-end options including a head-up display and touchpad for controlling the infotainment system.

Drivers will also be able to choose from a number of configurable driving modes ranging from Comfort to Sport+, which alter various aspects of the vehicle, including throttle response and the weight of the steering.