The Mercedes-Benz C-Class in its current generation was Mercedes-Benz’s top-selling model in its fourth year available with worldwide sales topping 415,000 in 2017. The recently updated C-Class Sedan celebrates its world premiere with increased power and extended driver support systems. Among the highlights are a new, more powerful, and efficient engine which increases output by 14 horsepower and the protracted package of Intelligent Drive features shared with the Mercedes- Benz E-Class. The facelifted 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan will observe its World Premiere at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show and will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018.
The recently refreshed C-Class combines emotion with intellect. The vehicle’s appearance is defined particularly by its redesigned front and the new design of the LED headlamps and taillamps, now standard.
The front and rear bumpers have been redesigned and the vehicle equipped with AMG-Line features a diamond radiator grille as standard. These new designs render the car’s exterior even more expressive and lend an even more dynamic character. The front bumper features a chrome-plated trim within the standard vehicle. In combination with the AMG Line Exterior the automobile sports an AMG front bumper with a new geometry and at the rear the insert in in the diffuser comes in a new design. The back bumper on the Sedan has a new lower section; geometry, trim and tailpipe trim vary according to the selected equipment.
The design of the headlamps and taillamps is defined by clear-lined contours. Exquisitely crafted details include highlights and underscore the modern character. The C-Class is equipped with LED headlamps and taillamps as standard.
The paint color spectrum has been enhanced with the inclusion of Mojave Silver Metallic and Emerald Green Metallic. Additionally, the standard 17″ twin 5-spoke wheel is brand new as well.
Interior design: exquisite fine-tuning
The sporty interior exudes class, including flowing forms in a new interpretation of modern luxury.
The center console is distinguished by an elegant flowing cut, now available in Natural Grain Walnut Wood or Natural Grain Grey Oak Wood. The 3D real wood veneer in the middle console combines a hand-crafted character with a modern feel. Magma Grey/Black upholstery is newly available for the inside, as is Saddle Brown and Silk Beige/Black for the AMG-Line Interior.
The KEYLESS START function is standard and the start/stop button comes in a brand new turbine-look design. The vehicle key also features a new design.
The display concept: fully digital instrument display available as an option
The C-Class adopts the screen concept of the recent S-Class, using an optional fully digital instrument display offering the three different display styles “Classic,” “Sport” and “Progressive.”
The screen choices at a glance:
Instrument cluster: The basic model features a traditional two-tube instrument cluster. Between the tubes there is a 5.5-inch color display (resolution: 383 x 600 pixels). The display style here is “Classic.”
The fully digital instrument display is optionally available. The display has a 12.3- inch diagonal and offers high resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels. The cutting-edge screen design provides the three different display styles: “Classic,” “Sport” and “Progressive.” The styles can be changed quickly based on personal tastes or to suit the selected interior. Alongside certain menu items such as trip data or consumption figures, the driver can now additionally see the navigation display data or the ECO display in the instrument cluster. The latter supports the driver in embracing a fuel-efficient driving style.
Central display: The multimedia screen above the middle console is also available in two sizes.
Like the instrument cluster, a choice of three screen styles is also available here. For example, clear and informative graphics accompany the text information under the “Vehicle” menu item.
The C-Class Sedan is also enhanced with a new multifunction leather steering wheel with Touch Control Buttons that respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. They permit the driver to control the functions of the instrument cluster and of the whole infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The driver may also now operate DISTRONIC and cruise control directly from the steering wheel.
The infotainment system can additionally be operated via the touchpad with controller (new: haptic feedback) in the middle console or by way of voice control. Vehicle functions like the seating heating can also be controlled by voice control. The optional head-up screen is now adjustable through an even bigger range.
Intelligent Drive: innovative busy safety
The upgraded C-Class features the most recent driver support systems available from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, offering the driver combined support and providing for a higher level of active safety than its predecessor. The C-Class can drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. To do this, it keeps a close eye on the traffic situation; improved camera and radar techniques allow it to see up to 1,640 feet ahead. The vehicle’s surroundings are scanned by radar across a distance of up to 820 feet to the front, 130 feet to the sides, and 260 feet to the back, while with the camera a array of up to 1,640 ft is possible to the front, including 295 ft in 3D. The C-Class also uses map and navigation data for help functions. For instance, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC (as part of the Driver Assistance package) can support the driver in a lot of scenarios on the basis of map data and predictively adjust the speed, such as when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts. Other new developments include the intuitive Active Lane Change Assist and Lively Emergency Stop Assist as acts of Active Steering Assist.
The redesigned C-Class comes with extended Active Brake Assist as standard. Based on the situation, this can help to mitigate the effects of rear-end collisions with slow-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead. This function works even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists prevents collisions altogether.
The multimedia systems: customized information and audio offerings
The C-Class comes as standard with a multimedia system comprising two USB ports, an SD card reader, Bluetooth connection and media interface.
The latest-generation COMAND® Online system (optional) boasts fast 3D hard-disc navigation using topographic map display, photo-realistic 3D buildings, and 3D map rotations. For instance, as well as real-time traffic density information, it may include Car-to-X Communication warning messages, the weather, filling stations such as current gas prices, and free parking spaces.
With the Concierge service (available as a subscription service), MercedesMe Connect customers have a host of individual services at their disposal: from making restaurant reservations and obtaining tips about tourist paths, to collecting information on sporting or cultural events and sending navigation destinations directly to the vehicle.
Mobile devices corresponding to the Qi standard can be charged conveniently while on the move with the optional NFC wireless charging system. The charging surface in the quick storage tray in the front of the center console is also acceptable for large smartphones.
The C-Class Sedan is equipped with a FrontBass® 5-speaker Audio System as standard and with the Burmester® Premium Sound System available as an option.
Stronger, more efficient motor
The Sedan is also equipped with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission that affords a lively driving experience.