- Light refresh for the super-successful Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- New head- and tail-lights are the main visual clue
- C 43 update unveiled in March 2018 at Geneva motor show
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets a mid-life update for 2018, with an updated interior, restyled head- and tail-lights, and a raft of additional kit thrown in. Coupe and cabriolet versions of the C-Class are set to receive a makeover later in 2018.
The C-Class, which fights in a competitive sector led by the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE, is being pitched as the car you’ll want to spend the most time in, courtesy of its ‘exquisite’ interior.
We won’t fall it a facelift, as the new C-Class saloons and estates look all but identical to the old one. That’s bound to be good for residuals, but against fresher opposition, and the threat of a new 3 Series saloon later this year, it’s going to have a battle on its hands. Visually, the biggest changes are the Multibeam LED and re-profiled bumpers.
The dashboard gets some E- and S-Class flavour, with the option of the 12.3-inch screen that works like the larger cars’ brilliant set-up. As with those, it can also be configured with three different designs, ‘Classic’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Progressive’. The standard C-Class has an analogue instrument set-up with a 5.5-inch colour display between them.
Any other changes to the 2018 C-Class?
A few, especially under the bonnet. But before we get there, we can’t help but mention the dropping of the old car’s cruise control wand, which has been replaced by a set of steering wheel-mounted buttons and scrollers. Mercedes-Benz traditionalists have been resistant to this move, although Mercedes-Benz says that this is a more effective set-up.
Inside, you also get Mercedes-Benz’s Energising Comfort system, first seen on the new-for-2018 CLS. It’s a system that uses ambient lighting, fragrance, seating and background music to help shape the driver’s mood. We’ve already tested that, and although it sounds like a gimmick, there are probably instances – heavy traffic, for example – where it might make a lot of difference.
We’ll know more about the shape of the range and engine options when Mercedes-Benz officially reveals the car in Geneva. You can order one from March 2018, with UK deliveries beginning in August.
Update for Mercedes-AMG C 43 revealed in March 2018
Unveiled to the public at the Geneva motor show in March 2018, the C 43 gets a mild exterior update along with the availability of an all-digital dash (like the most recent E-Class) and more power for its 3.0-litre V6, bumped up to 390hp. Available in both Saloon and Estate bodystyles, the C 43 covers 0-62mph in 4.7 and 4.8 seconds respectively.