The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been given a mid-life facelift.
The German car-maker has today revealed local pricing and specifications for it’s global top-selling C-Class which has been given an array of new features including 6500 updated parts, with prices now starting from $63,400 (plus on-roads).
Entry-level C200 variants will now have a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, paired with a 48-volt on-board network, powered by a belt-driven starter and alternator. This combination improves fuel efficiency, lowering it to 6.4L/100km.
The shift time of the nine-speed automatic transmission has been shortened and, during deceleration, the alternator recuperates kinetic energy which is then used to charge the battery.
Fuel is saved by technology that switches off the engine and decouples the powertrain when the car falls below a certain speed. Mercedes say the vehicle response is “comfortable, with the advantage of maximum fuel savings through recuperation”.
A new 2.0-litre turbo-charged diesel engine is available for the C 220 d models, available in sedan and estate options, producing 143kW and 400Nm of torque - a total of 18kW more than the previous models engine. The diesel’s fuel consumption sits at a mere 4.7L/100km.
You can get a C 220 d for $64,900 (plus on-roads) in a sedan, and $67,400 (plus on-roads) in a wagon.
Mercedes' sportier AMG C 43 4MATIC is also updated with a refreshed 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine refreshed that now makes 287kW and 520Nm of torque. Pricing on the AMG C 43 4MATIC starts at $107,900 plus on-roads for the sedan.
Inside the cabin, the C-Class now gets a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and a 10.25-inch media display, with smart phone mirroring for Apple devices as standard.
The centre console now has two real wood veneer options - brown walnut and black ash and the interior lighting has been given 64 colour options, allowing for ultimate customisation.
Another crowd-pleasing option is the Energizing Comfort Control system, which provides preset ‘moods’ for occupants. Music, temperature and fragrance can be set to individual preferences. Unfortunately, this tech is reserved for high-grade models only.
The steering wheel now has touch-sensitive controls, allowing the driver to navigate between both digital displays by using a swiping motion without taking their hands off the wheel.
An option of a Multicontour seat package is also available, featuring pneumatically inflatable side bolsters and lumbar support that includes a massaging function for the lower back on selected models.
Up front, multi-beam LED headlights are now standard on the AMG C 43 models, and optional on all other C-Class variants.
The updated headlights now include ULTRA RANGE high beam which are able to light up 650 metres of road ahead.
Sensors inside the car allow oncoming vehicles, as well as vehicles in front of you, to be shielded from the headlights, shaping the beam to only light up the road needed.
A Driving Assistance Package is now available as an option on entry-level C-Class models (and standard on C 300 and above models) which includes Traffic Sign Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Brake Assistant with cross-traffic function including Evasive Steering Assist, and PRE-SAFE Plus, which prepares passengers in the case of an imminent collision.
Active Parking Assist is available as standard, allowing automated steering, acceleration, braking and gear changes while the car autonomously parks itself in a parallel or end-on parking space.
On the outside, the C-Class has been given a nip and tuck with more defined headlights and taillights.
Mercedes-AMG models get a new-look radiator grille in a twin-louvre design, sculpted front apron, and a new rear apron with round twin tail-pipe trim elements.
The AMG’s wheels are now lighter and have improved aerodynamic efficiency thanks to a re-design.
Optional performance seats are also available with integrated head restraints, while cabriolet modes come equipped with Mercedes’ AIRSCARF tech, a built-in neck-heating element.
The Nappa leather steering wheel also comes with touch pads that allow the driver to select between driving modes - Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual. For snow-covered conditions, there is also a ‘Slippery’ mode, a first for Mercedes.
The AMG C 63 S is due in January 2019 and will cost from $159,990 plus on-road costs for the sedan, and $162,400 plus on-roads in the wagon.
Pricing on the 2019 C 300 models are not yet confirmed, but we should see those in the next few months.
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Prices
C43 Sedan $107,900
C43 Estate $110,400
C43 Coupe $111,900
C43 Cabriolet $124,900
AMG C63 S
C63 S sedan $159,900
C 63 S Estate $162,400
C 63 S Coupe $164,900
C63 S Cabriolet $182,900
* all prices exclude on-road costs