Mercedes-Benz South Africa has revealed pricing for its facelifted C-Class sedan range (which is, of course, built in East London), with the local line-up comprising five derivatives at launch.
According to the configurator on the Stuttgart-based brand’s local website (click through to check out all the options), the refreshed C-Class sedan range kicks off with the C180 for R586 500 (excluding CO2 emissions tax). The carried-over 1,6-litre turbocharged petrol engine powering this entry-level model still sends 115 kW to the rear wheels, but now does so via a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
Next up is the C200 (R613 500), which employs a new-generation turbocharged 1,5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit worth 135 kW and 280 N.m (replacing the old 135 kW/300 N.m 2,0-litre of the outgoing model), again mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The only diesel model at launch, meanwhile, is the C220d, which starts at R651 000. This model’s 2,0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel heart (replacing the old 125 kW/400 N.m 2,1-litre oil-burner) sends 143 kW and 400 N.m to the rear axle via (wait for it) a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The dash to three figures takes a claimed 6,9 seconds (and top speed is listed as 240 km/h), while claimed fuel economy is a mere 4,4 L/100 km.
And the C300? Well, this one will set you back R716 000 before you've ticked any options boxes, and comes fitted with a turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (with a nine-speed auto) packing 190 kW and facilitating a claimed 5,9-second sprint to three figures.
The final facelifted model listed on the local configurator is the refreshed Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic (the updated C63 S flagship is scheduled to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2018). This derivative starts at R948 500 and benefits from a little more oomph that before. Its 3,0-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol engine now delivers 287 kW (up 17 kW from the 270 kW in the pre-facelift model) and an unchanged 520 N.m, which Affalterbach says is enough for an unchanged 0-100 km/h time of 4,7 seconds.
Pricing (excluding CO2 emissions tax):
Mercedes-Benz C180: R586 500
Mercedes-Benz C200: R613 500
Mercedes-Benz C220d: R651 000
Mercedes-Benz C300: R716 000
Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic: R948 500