Revised C-Class gets petrol and diesel hybrid powertrains alongside extensive interior upgrades; first cars are due for delivery in July
11 May 2018

Mercedes-Benz is now taking orders for its refreshed C-Class range, with prices for the launch range starting from £33,180 and first deliveries due in July.

The opening price is for the C200 petrol in entry-level SE spec. It gains a new EQ Boost mild hybrid system that uses 48-volt electrical architecture with a belt-driven starter/generator to provide additional torque (read more on powertrains below). 

There is also a C220d diesel that starts at £35,690, while the hot six-cylinder-powered AMG C43 tops the three-engine launch range and starts from £49,675.

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Both saloon and estate versions are offered, while above SE, Sport and AMG Line trims are offered.

The engine range will be bolstered later this year with a lower-priced entry model and further electrified EQ models. These will be full plug-in hybrids, in the form of the C300e petrol, as well as a four-cylinder diesel hybrid called the C300de.

The new EQ Power system increases the output of the electric motor by 40bhp over that used by the existing four-year-old 300h to 120bhp.

The two new plug-in hybrids’ electric range will extend to more than 31 miles, thanks to the lithium ion battery’s capacity rising from 6.4kWh to 13.8kWh.

Mercedes is remaining tight-lipped about the combined system outputs for the C300e and C300de, which aren't due out for several more months. However, the C300e’s turbo 2.0-litre petrol engine is claimed to deliver 208bhp and the C300de’s 2.0-litre diesel makes 191bhp.

The revisions include a number of subtle styling upgrades, including reprofiled bumpers with added chrome highlights, new headlights and a new diamond-pattern grille insert for AMG Line models.

Inside, the facelifted C-Class retains the basic dashboard design of the outgoing model, together with updated analogue instruments and a 7.0in infotainment display.

Optional equipment includes a new 12.3in high-definition digital instrument display offering three themes (Classic, Sport and Progressive), a revised multi-function steering wheel with touchpad controls, a 10.25in free-standing infotainment display and a touchpad controller within a reworked centre console.

The C-Class’s Comand infotainment system has been upgraded to the same standard as that used by the facelifted S-Class. However, it forgoes the touchscreen control and connectivity functions of the more advanced system in the new A-Class.

The C-Class also gets optional smartphone integration supporting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, as well as a wireless charging pad. It will also be offered with new Remote Parking Pilot and Driving Assistance Package Plus systems.

The facelifted C-Class will eventually have three diesel models: the 148bhp C200d, 192bhp C220d (which arrives first) and 241bhp C300d. Each runs Mercedes’ latest 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine.

Three petrol models feature in the line-up: the C180, C200 (the first to go on sale) and C300. The C180 uses a 1.6-litre turbo engine that produces 154bhp in the SLC180. The C200 and C300 both have Mercedes’ new four-cylinder petrol engine.

In the C200, the mild hybrid with EQ Boost badging, the engine delivers a nominal 188bhp, with an added 17bhp available on kickdown when the alternator acts as an electric motor to boost performance.

In the C300, the engine is in a higher state of tune, at 241bhp, but doesn't have electric assistance.

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jer

14 February 2018

cheap tablet screen. A friend moans his GLC has terrible nav and mercedes never deliver the promised updates e.g. car play. I think the amg multi spoke are the only wheels that suit the car.

14 February 2018

Can we have the traditional three pointed star bonnet ornament back for the UK please? 

14 February 2018
scrap wrote:

Can we have the traditional three pointed star bonnet ornament back for the UK please? 

Yes, yes and yes.  The worst thing they have done in years was removing it off the E-Class, this UK obession with making everything a bloody 'sport'.  There is nothing sporty about a luxury car, and nor should there be!  Our roads are crap.

14 February 2018

On the outside it's conservative but inside it's like the star ship enterprise or a 1980's Amstrad HiFi.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

14 February 2018

This article suggests that the all-elecectric range of the new MB plug-in hybrid will be only marginally over 19 miles, when in fact it will be closer to 40. If the battery capasity doubles, so should the range!

Autocar writes: "electric range will extend to more than 19 miles"

While technically any number larger than 19 "extends over 19", this is still highly misleading wording IMHO.

Also, is there such a thing as C330e or did the writer confuse MB and BMW naming conventions?

 

14 February 2018

Why doesn't Mercedes UK offer the traditional grille as an option? 

When one can have numerous choice of wheel trim, colour and other combinations, why not a simple binary choice of grille?

14 February 2018

Good to see the return of a diesel hybrid - they make far more sense than petrol hybrids. At least the C isnt as cheap and tacky inside as the A, E and S.

XXXX just went POP.

14 February 2018

What are Mercedes playing at? A, E and the S Class all now have the widescreen dash, but apparently not the ‘facelifted C Class’

Really hoping that the ‘reveal’ in March at Geneva has the C Class without the Halfords-esq floating infotainment display.

Holding off ordering a C43 Coupe till after Geneva in the hope it’s gets a widescreen dash too.

AMG C43... TBC.

11 May 2018

It will get the widescreen dash when it receives it's complete overhaul in 3-4 years, This is just a mild mid-life refresh and wouldnt cover costs of a full dashboard redesign which have to last the 8 year life of the car. The centre floating screen is actually wider than the pre-facelift model so you are getting widescreen there but it won't get the full digital twin -widescreen replacement for the conventional dials like you see on A and E models as they only got that at full model replacement time, not mid-life refresh.

11 May 2018

That seems a tad pricey, even for a car with the 3 pointed star on the grill!

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