New 2.0-litre diesel engine, in-car technology upgrades and aesthetic tweaks form bulk of changes for BMW 3 Series rival
Sam Sheehan
14 November 2017

Mercedes-Benz will launch a heavily upgraded version of its C-Class at the Geneva motor show next year in a bid to keep its best-selling model at the sharp end of the compact executive segment.

The BMW 3 Series rival, which ranks top as Mercedes's highest-produced car around the globe, will go on sale in facelifted form in summer 2018 with a new diesel engine option that's shared with the E-Class. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit will replace the incumbent 2.1-litre diesel of the C220d and C250d with more power, improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.

Like the recently revised S-Class, the C-Class's infotainment upgrades will be the most noticeable. The car will get a new touchpad that looks similar to the one featured on the S-Class, as well as a new steering wheel with more controls on it. There'll also be a redesigned instrument panel and minor tweaks to the design of the dashboard.

Cars spotted testing show the changes due for the C-Class's exterior. New LED headlights, similar to those of the new E-Class, can be seen. There's also a new bumper design with revised air intakes and a more swooping design around the grille. Chrome highlights have been added to the side skirts and rear bumper, too.

Aside from the aforementioned diesel switch, the engine line-up is expected to be unchanged. The turbocharged four-cylinder petrol C200 will remain the entry-level model, with the higher-powered C300 version of the same unit also retained. Hybrid C300h and plug-in hybrid C350e models will also continue to be offered.

At the top of the range, the Mercedes-AMG C43 and C63 models are also due to be updated, although these variants will be revealed and launched in the months that follow the facelifted C-Class's arrival. Expect the turbocharged six and eight-cylinder models to offer more power and improved performance alongside the technology and aesthetic changes. Currently, they're good for up to 362bhp and 469bhp respectively.

The updated C-Class saloon will be joined by a revised Estate sibling to face competition from the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and the Jaguar XE. Expect both body variants to command a slight premium over the outgoing C-Class versions. Current starting prices open at £29,035 for the saloon and £30,225 for the estate.

There will also be a similar list of revisions for the C-Class Coupé. The sportier-looking two-door variant, which faces the BMW 4 Series, has been spotted testing with light design changes on multiple occasions.

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7 April 2016
Good grief, such a design departure, I didn't recognise it..

7 April 2016
I have just been out to look at my 2014 C220 Sport, apart from the headlights in your pictures nothing is different. Front bumper the same, chrome strips down the side all the same.

14 November 2017
nimay wrote:

I have just been out to look at my 2014 C220 Sport, apart from the headlights in your pictures nothing is different. Front bumper the same, chrome strips down the side all the same.

You were able to tell the diference without the two cars being side by side? Well that really is a major update, by modern German standards...

Citroëniste.

7 April 2016
The only thing I don't like about the C Class and most other current Mercedes is the oversized, cheap looking grill. Sadly that looks to be unchanged.

8 April 2016
Lee23404 wrote:

The only thing I don't like about the C Class and most other current Mercedes is the oversized, cheap looking grill. Sadly that looks to be unchanged.

Exactly! It makes it look like a poorly modified 190. Big badge grilles suit their sports cars, but I'm of the opinion that a Merc saloon should have the classy traditional chrome grille and bonnet ornament.

9 November 2016
sirwiggum wrote:
Lee23404 wrote:

The only thing I don't like about the C Class and most other current Mercedes is the oversized, cheap looking grill. Sadly that looks to be unchanged.

Exactly! It makes it look like a poorly modified 190. Big badge grilles suit their sports cars, but I'm of the opinion that a Merc saloon should have the classy traditional chrome grille and bonnet ornament.

you can spec that outside of the UK - the "exclusive" trim line in Germany has the traditional grill and star on the bonnet.

14 November 2017
warpedone wrote:
sirwiggum wrote:
Lee23404 wrote:

The only thing I don't like about the C Class and most other current Mercedes is the oversized, cheap looking grill. Sadly that looks to be unchanged.

Exactly! It makes it look like a poorly modified 190. Big badge grilles suit their sports cars, but I'm of the opinion that a Merc saloon should have the classy traditional chrome grille and bonnet ornament.

you can spec that outside of the UK - the "exclusive" trim line in Germany has the traditional grill and star on the bonnet.

Agree totally. If I was ordering a C-Class I’d prefer a traditional grill & 3 pointed gunsight. 

Come on Mercedes-Benz. You’ve been told.

7 April 2016
So after they took some criticism for making the E too similar to the C and S, they decide to give the C the same headlights as the E. Huh.

Also, pretty sure the engines won't all carryover, there's that brand new 2.0L diesel they just debuted on the E.

 

 

7 April 2016
So they've taken a car which has been out for what- a year? And fitted it with the headlights from a larger E-Class. This has surely got to be one of the worst and most pointless facelifts yet.

7 April 2016
I have to admit with a heavy heart I had wanted to love the Xe long before it was finally released and saw it as my next car. But I just can't fall in love or be impressed by it. But this c class I really like. The 3 series is boring and has lost its way looks wise and I don't care how good the drls look on the a4 it's not exciting.

Looks wise for me this is the class leader inside and out. It may not be as good mechanically or technically. But I would rather have an average 'night in' with Cheryl Cole, than an amazing 'night in' with Susan Boyle.

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