The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has received a tasteful update and was recently showcased at the Geneva Motor Show. The refreshed C (which is produced in Benz’s East London plant) should arrive in South Africa in the third quarter of 2018. Take a look at what you can expect from the latest C-Class...
Mercedes-Benz has implemented a host of changes to its successful C-Class range and although the changes may be perceived to be a meer nip-and-tuck, the brand cites the changes to be the most significant in the C's history. The C-Class’ exterior has been mildly tweaked and apart from the almost obligatory revised bumpers, the business class sedan now features a single-bar diamond grille along with Multibeam LED headlights with Ultra Beam on offer for the first time, as well redesigned taillight clusters.
The interior, however, incorporates a host of new technologies including new electronic architecture which is now said to be on par with the S-Class. A newly-designed steering wheel now affords access to more onboard and infotainment systems and the integrated control buttons respond to sweeps of the thumb, as they do in the E-Class. Most notably, an all-digital 12.3 instrument cluster will be available as an option.
Predictably, the infotainment system has been upgraded too, with a new 10.25-inch screen offered on high-end models with standard smartphone integration and a handful of new interior trim combinations.
You can also expect to see Intelligent Drive electronic assistance features, such as upgraded radar and camera systems, as well as semi-autonomous driving functionality on the options list.
The facelifted C-Class will be headlined by this, a more powerful C 43 4Matic with 287 kW and 520 Nm.
As for engines, a new 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre petrol engine makes its way into the C200 with 135 kW and 280 Nm of torque and mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. This mild hybrid offering is supplemented with a 48-volt onboard network and the EQ Boost integrated starter-generator that produces an additional 10kW and 160Nm at lower revs. The C200 will also be be offered with all-wheel drive and new-generation 2.0-litre turbopetrol is also expected with outputs of around 220 kW and 400 Nm.
On the diesel front, a new 4-cylinder 2.0-litre turbodiesel with outputs of 143 kW and 400 Nm of torque will be offered in the C220d.
The range-topping Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic boasts a more powerful twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 engine with outputs of 287 kW, 17 kW more than before, with the same torque figure of 520 Nm of torque. The sprint from zero to 100 kph will take 4.7 seconds. Mercedes-Benz also used the Geneva Motor Show to showcase a pre-production plug-in hybrid diesel version destined for the C-Class and E-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is produced in East London for local and international markets and production of the facelifted C-Class is due to start in July 2018 with local introduction expected during the third quarter of 2018. Local specification and pricing will be announced closer to launch and we will keep you informed as more information becomes available.