Best spy pics yet of Mercedes’ compact saloon, set for facelift with E-class-like nose

These are the best pictures yet of Mercedes’ facelifted C-class saloon caught testing.

The disguise in these spy shots is lighter than ever before, hiding a range of subtle visual upgrades at the front inspired by the latest E-class range, including new headlamps, a more contoured bonnet and a reprofiled front bumper.

See the spy pics of the facelifted Mercedes C-class saloon in testing

The changes at the rear are even more minor, with only small alterations to the bumper and lights. This mid-life refresh appears set to keep the C-class away from the E-class’s more controversial styling cues, including its crease around the rear wheel arch, which remains absent from the smaller saloon.

The new model will get reworked versions of the current car’s four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and an optional seven-speed automatic gearbox in place of the existing five-speed unit.

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The 3.5-litre petrol V6 powerplant in the C350 CGI will make way for a newer unit of the same capacity from Mercedes’ MoVe generation of engines, meanwhile.

The revised C-class saloon and estate models will be launched at the Detroit motor show in January, alongside a newcomer to the C-class range, the C-class coupé.

This is a replacement for both the CLC and CLK and will also form the basis of a BMW M3-rivalling C63 AMG model, as well as potentially a hardcore Black Series variant.

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19 November 2010

I think the current model is a good/smart design from Mercedes and it didn't really need that much of an overhaul, least of all the headlights. I always thought the headlights were very appealing while the rear lights were a bit dull. I guess Mercedes thought the opposite.

19 November 2010

oh for the love of god Mercedes, just release the damn pictures of the C-Class Facelift! Seems to have been spy pictures going on for the last year or so!

19 November 2010

I presume it isn't really going to get Saab headlights. I am sure there were improvements they wanted to make , but they should have had the confidence to leave the appearance untouched.

22 October 2010

for the love of god merc, just release pics of the damn facelift! lol

22 October 2010

Aren't these the same pics and article you posted recently? Slow news day, is it?

22 October 2010

I think a more interesting spy pic. of the C-Class (taken from an Estate version) is this:


Sad to see the 'flip' screen go, but on the other hand IMO the interior looks nicer and more luxurious than before.


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7 October 2010

I think this is the first volume Merc in a while that is ageing slowly.

Is it just me or does anyone else think Mercs age a fair bit quicker than their rivals? Take the C-class for eample - didn't that age really badly in anyone else's opinion? Same goes with the E-class from that era and S-class as well I guess. And the M-class as well!

Am I alone with this perception?

7 October 2010

[quote Addy Go Fast]

Am I alone with this perception?

[/quote]No, you are not. I especially thought it of the first generation SLK - I was amazed that the first facelift really dated the original. I wonder how they can get it so wrong - sometimes the early facelifts in a model lifecycle are worth waiting for!

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7 October 2010

Ha, maybe the same in life as well eh?..

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7 October 2010

Don't think much of the pictures - is this an invisible Merc ?

I don't think the C-class needed a facelift , and I still like the final version of the previous C-class.

Still think the old E-class is nicer than the new one , and the current S-class only works in very dark colours.


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