Believe it or not, it’s already time for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class to receive a midcycle update, and while it’s on the mild side, it concentrates on key areas for improvement that everybody ought to enjoy.
Let’s begin on the exterior. Both the front and rear bumpers have actually been redesigned. The front sports a dash of chrome, however like in years past, buyers can choose the AMG Line bundle that offers the whole car a more aggressive look without messing with the powertrain. The headlights are now standard LED units, and the taillights have brand-new internals and thus a somewhat new look.
Inside, there’s a brand-new vehicle secret, a brand-new start button and a new multifunction steering wheel with little touchpads that manage the infotainment system. There are 2 different choices each for the gauge cluster and infotainment display. An actual gauge cluster with a 5.5-inch details display screen is basic, however a 12.3-inch screen cluster is optional. The basic display is 7.0 inches, but buyers can choose a bigger 10.25-inch display, neither which are touch-capable.
Speaking of infotainment, if you’re looking for Mercedes-Benz’s sharp new MBUX infotainment system, keep lookin’. The C-Class is stuck utilizing the older Comand system, which is a bit clunkier and lacks a few of the neat new connected features of MBUX. The infotainment system’s physical controller now has haptic feedback, however, which is OKAY.
There’s something brand-new under the hood, too. The base C300 gets a somewhat perkier 2.0-liter I-4 gas engine. Output is up to 255 horse power and 273 pound-feet of torque, a power bump of 14 hp over the outgoing model’s four-banger. A nine-speed automated is basic, as is rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is offered.
If the most recent driver-assist features are more your speed, there’s plenty to dig. Borrowing the majority of its package from the larger E-Class, the C-Class packs one heck of a punch, ADAS-wise. The adaptive cruise can utilize an integrated map to figure out when to slow the car down for bends or roundabouts, it can change lanes on its own and it’ll stumble to a stop if something gets in its way. Automatic emergency braking is standard, which is always a good touch.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will go on sale later on this year, and pricing will be announced closer to that time.