To keep the strong-selling C-Class fresh Mercedes has subtly reworked the front and rear bumpers, inserted extra chrome inserts, and given AMG-line models a new diamond pattern grille insert.
Lighting units have also been given a small update including options Multibeam LED headlights that utilise the same Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus function as the E-Class and S-Class. The tail-lights, meanwhile, receive new LED graphics.
Inside, Mercedes-Benz’s rival to the BMW 3-series, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE retains the same basic dashboard design as the outgoing model, together with updated analogue instruments and a 7.0-inch infotainment display.
Buyers can option the new model dual-screen digital instrument and infotainment display featuring a 12.3-inch high-definition instrument display, 10.25-inch free-standing infotainment display, multi-function capacitive touch-controls on the steering wheel, and a new touchpad controller within a reworked centre console.
Mercedes-Benz is set to introduce two plug-in hybrid drivelines to the C-Class line-up as the brand prepares to grow its range of EQ-Power electrified models.
The PHEV drivelines are based around a newly developed EQ-Power hybrid system boasting greater power than the existing system. It operates in combination with a four-cylinder petrol engine in the new C350e and a four-cylinder diesel engine in the C350de.
The new EQ-Power system, which is also planned to be offered in other Mercedes-Benz models based on the company’s Modular Rear Architecture platform, lifts electric-motor power by 30kW compared to the outgoing C350e for a maximum 90kW output.
Cattery capacity for the lithium-ion pack also increases from 6.4kWh to 13.8kWh to extend the two new hybrid models’ electric range to over 50km – as specified under China’s NEV (New Energy Vehicle) regulations.
Mercedes-Benz is remaining tight-lipped on the combined system outputs for the new C350e and C350de due to their pending certification with the German transport authority, although the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine in the former is claimed to deliver 155kW while the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine in the latter is said to offer 142kW.
The C300e and C300de will go on sale in Australia later this year as part of a facelifted C-Class line-up that is planned to make its public debut in both sedan and wagon body styles at the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
The C-Class’ Comand infotainment system has been upgraded to the same Generation 5.5 standard as that used by the facelifted S-Class. However, it forgoes the touch-screen control and MBUX connectivity functions of the more advanced Generation 6.0 system recently unveiled on the new fourth-generation A-Class.
The 2018-model-year C-Class also gets an optional smartphone integration supporting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, as well as a wireless smartphone charging pad. As an update in driving assistance systems, it is also offered with new remote parking pilot and driving assistance package plus systems – the latter incorporating so-called drive pilot and speed limit pilot functions.
Although Mercedes-Benz is yet to confirm the engine line-up for the facelifted C-Class due to what it describes as delays in certification for various models, TMR can confirm it will continue to be produced with three diesel models: the 110kW C200d, 142kW C220d and 180 C300d.
The refreshed diesel range uses Benz’s latest turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, and lifts power by 10kW, 18kW and 30kW respectively over the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel models of the outgoing model.
Also cited on internal sales documents sighted by TMR are two petrol models: the C200 which includes Mercedes’ latest 48-volt mild hybrid assistance and the C300 which makes do without hybrid assist.
Both feature a 2.0-litre capacity with the C200 EQ-Boost rated at 140kW, with an added 13kW available on kick down when the alternator acts as an electric motor to boost performance. The revised C300 steps up by 10kW over the current C300 for a maximum 190kW output.