The folks over at Mercedes-Benz are gearing up for a particularly busy Geneva International Motor Show in March, preparing to show off the new-generation A-Class, latest Mercedes-AMG G63, revised Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the highly anticipated GT Coupé, too. But the Stuttgart-based brand will have another rather important vehicle in attendance: the facelifted C-Class sedan.
Yes, the vehicle that the automaker bills as its “most successful model series” (it was Mercedes-Benz's top-selling model in its fourth year on sale in 2017) has been given a makeover, inside and out. In addition, yet more semi-autonomous technology has trickled down to the premium sedan (which, of course, is built in East London, South Africa) from the flagship S-Class.
The refreshed C-Class gains a new front end, complete with redesigned headlamps (now optionally available in Multibeam LED form). Models equipped with the AMG Line (as seen in the images above) feature a diamond-pattern grille as standard.
The revised front bumper now features a silver trim strip in standard form, a chrome-plated trim strip in Avantgarde exterior guise or a three-part chrome trim strip in Exclusive specification. And the tail-lamps have been updated, too, with the rear bumper boasting a new lower section (geometry, trim and tailpipe trim will vary according to the selected equipment and engine variant).
Inside, new colour combinations are offered, while the C-Class now also comes with the option of a 12,3-inch, fully digital instrument display, with three individually selectable styles. Touch-sensitive controls have been added to the steering wheel, along with new buttons for the operation of the cruise control system (these were previously housed on a satellite stalk behind the wheel). And the touchpad with controller in the centre console now features haptic feedback.
No official word yet on whether this facelift will include any powertrain revisions, but early rumours suggest the C-Class will inherit new engines from the E-Class range, along with fresh hybrid options. Stay tuned for more on that...
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