Updated two-door to get new diesel; tweaked headlights also due, as shown by spy pics

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupé range will be updated next year when it is lightly facelifted and gains a new diesel engine option.

Spotted testing on the continent, development cars show that the modifications will be focused on the car's bumpers, with some changes to its daytime running lights as well.

A new grille with two horizontal bars, as opposed to the current car’s single-bar design, can also be seen. Behind these, a less visible black grille replaces the current car’s silver-accented one.

Inside, the same changes that will be applied to the facelifted C-Class saloon, which is due this year, are expected for the coupé. They include a new touchpad, borrowed from the updated S-Class, a new steering wheel and a redesigned instrument panel.

Like the facelifted saloon, the coupé will also swap the incumbent 2.1-litre diesel engine of current C 220 d and C 250 d models for a new 2.0-litre unit. However, the 2.0-litre petrol engine that’s used in the C 200 and C 300 will remain.

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Expect the minor changes to the range and inflation to push the start price of Mercedes’s two-door C-Class up a small amount. It currently starts at £32,280 for the entry C 200, with the AMG range opening at £46,280 for the C 43.

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25 January 2017
"will also keep their 3.0-litre six-cylinder and 4.0-litre V8 turbocharged engines, which produce up to 469bhp and 503bhp, respectively."

25 January 2017
Completing a degree course, and possibly post graduate or Phd study in industrial design.
And getting the job at Mercedes to design a grille with 2 horizontal bars instead of one. How could you get up and go to work in the morning?

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

17 April 2017
A facelift for this car for 2018 ? The new car only came into circulation in the uk in jan 2016 , all with 1 horizontal bar on the grille , why would they facelift the car in this short space of time and add a less sportier 2 bar grille for a coupe that looks perfect could this possibly be testing for a new engine entry level c class coupe say c160 or c180 , the 1 horizontal bar on the grille has been associated with sportier models for years , on the c class coupe the front end is differenticiated from the sedan by this 1 bar making the car look lower

15 May 2017
Always thought the rear end looked out of proportion,a little bit more better shaped Boot space would not go amiss.

Peter Cavellini.

15 May 2017
Definitely the hot rod coupe for grown ups - along with its E and S siblings of course. A pity it costs arms and legs to own and run, making it the car for grown ups with money to burn.

15 May 2017
Wow. It must have been so exciting to spot that. I bet they squealed.

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