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This is the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class

No, really. It is. New bumpers, lights and hybrid engines refresh Merc’s best-selling model

Published: 14 Feb 2018

It’s facelift season. Yep, following the refreshed Skoda Fabia, Citroen C4 Cactus and bling-bling Maybach (new bumpers and lights, you know the score), Mercedes has facelifted its C-Class saloon and estate for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Seriously. Look again. It really is different. There’s a redesigned bumper, new - though pretty much exactly the same - LED headlights, a restyled rear diffuser, fancy grille (on the AMG-line), a new pneumatic seat pump and two new colours. Two! One green, the other silver.

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Set to go on sale in the UK later this year, it’s still on the same platform as the current car but has a revised interior that borrows techy bits from its bigger E and S-Class brothers.

You’ve got a new digital display but the possibility to enhance your screenage with a couple of options. Lower-spec C-Class models get a standard seven-inch display, but with the tick of an options box, this will turn into a 16:9 widescreen with a 10.25-inch panel, like Merc’s posher models. This can be operated by the touch-sensitive panels on the steering wheel, just like the E-Class and S-Class.

It’s even partially autonomous and has clever safety tech that debuted on the S-Class. Then there’s ‘Energising Comfort Control’; a new system which uses the air-conditioning, some perfume, the seat heating, ventilation and massage functions to improve driver well-being. A good thing if you’re an Uber driver, prone to flatulence, or both.

Now, let’s talk engines. Merc is remaining tight-lipped for now but don't be surprised to see the C-Class continue Merc’s plug-in hybrid rampage with some EQ-Power-badged models. One diesel (the 300de) and one petrol (300e) that should arrive late this year/early 2019. But there'll also be non-hybrid motors; expect Merc’s ‘OM654’ 2.0-litre diesel from the E-Class to be dropped in and badged as a C200, C220 and C300. As for petrols, there will be a new entry-level, sub £30k C180 petrol – a 1.6-litre turbocharged motor from SLC 180, with around 155bhp – C200 and C300. There’ll also be the possibility to get two and four-wheel drive on the bigger engines.

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What about the juicy AMG stuff? Expect a semi-skimmed ‘43’ (that’s the 3.0-litre V6 engine) at this year’s Geneva show. The the full-fat ‘63’ (the raucous 4.0-litre V8) will likely be at the New York show.

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