New facelifted Mercedes C-Class gets fresh look and new tech

The Mercedes C-Class was the UK’s eighth best-selling car in 2017, and the German brand plans to capitalise on that popularity with a heavily revised version of the compact exec set to go on sale in the UK in the second half of 2018.

The C-Class facelift will introduce a range of new infotainment features and connectivity, together with new engines. However, it remains on the same platform as before, so the styling receives only subtle changes as opposed to a major overhaul.

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New bumpers, revised headlights and tail-lamps feature; the standard configuration at the front will be halogen lights with LED daytime running lights, but with a full-LED set-up available as an option.

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Mercedes C-Class - rear

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A couple of display set-ups could also feature in the front cabin. The first is a broadly conventional instrument cluster combined with a 5.5-inch screen between the two dials, while a second will feature a full digital instrument display based on a 12.3-inch screen, available to customers as an upgrade.

The central display also has a couple of possible sizes. Lower-spec editions with the ‘Audio 20’ infotainment system will make do with a seven-inch display, but this can be upgraded to a 16:9-layout widescreen configuration, with a 10.25-inch panel. Some of the infotainment functions can be controlled through touch-sensitive panels on the steering wheel, a set-up directly carried over from the larger E-Class and S-Class.

The cabin also gets what the marque is calling ‘Energizing Comfort Control’; a system which uses the air-conditioning, including scents, along with the seat heating, ventilation and massage functions to improve driver wellbeing.

Mercedes has not confirmed any engine details, but Auto Express understands that the car will get several of the new motors from the E-Class.

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In particular, we’d expect the C-Class to use the OM654 four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbodiesel, which should offer gains in smoothness and fuel efficiency, while trumping the old motor’s performance figures. This is likely to be available in three states of tune: C 200, C 220 and C 300. There will also be a C 180 petrol, using the same Renault-sourced 1.6-litre turbocharged motor as the SLC 180, with around 155bhp.

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Mercedes C-Class Estate - dash

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Most C-Classes will continue to be rear-drive, but 4MATIC four-wheel drive will be offered on at least one diesel engine and probably the C 200 petrol.

Mercedes UK is simplifying the trim levels for the C-Class by phasing out the current SE Exec and boosting the standard kit list of the entry-level SE model to match it. That’s likely to mean a small increase in the list price to a starting figure of around £30,000, although the car maker is hoping that stronger residual values could deliver a small reduction in monthly rates.

First orders will be taken from next month, but the earliest UK deliveries aren’t expected until August.

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