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Fresh Mercedes C-class facelift gets new tech and interior updates

Published: 14 February 2018

► Updated Mercedes C-class
► New tech and interior tweaks
► On sale March 2018

Merc’s perennial C-class saloon and estate have been updated for 2018 and it’s headed for the Geneva motor show.

This generation of C-class has been on sale since 2014, so Mercedes has jolted a bit of life into the spec range, interior and engine line-up.

I really can’t tell the difference

No, from the outside there are barely any changes to report. Lightly redesigned bumpers, new trim-specific tweaks and LED headlights are standard in the UK. ‘Multibeam’ LED headlights are available as an option, which react to weather, traffic and road conditions to give you the best view possible.

European trims include Exclusive, Avantgarde and AMG Line but these are unconfirmed for the UK; SE, Sport and AMG Line are better tuned to the UK market.

Are there more changes inside?

The overall dashboard layout and design hasn’t really changed much but there are some key updates to help the C-class keep up with the bigger E and S-class cars. As standard the C-class gets an analogue instrument cluster with a 5.5-inch colour display between them, but a fully-digital display is available as an option.

Mercedes C-Class 2018 interior

If you spec the digital display, you benefit from a 12.3-inch screen that can be configured with three different designs, and it allows for your choice of information via the new steering wheel’s touch-sensitive scrollers. Again, like newer and larger cars in Merc’s current range, the Distronic cruise control stalk has been ditched for buttons on the wheel instead.

Merc’s ‘Energising Comfort’ system, that sets the ambient lighting, fragrance, seating and music to help affect your mood is available, too.

Any engine changes?

Mercedes has neglected to mention any engine changes for now, but we’ll find out more after the car’s reveal at the 2018 Geneva motor show.

The brand, however, is going through a thorough revitalisation of its engine range, so we could see some engines from the new A-class populate the lower end of the pricing spectrum, while Merc’s new straight sixes could be put to use higher up.

When can I buy one?

Orders open from March 2018, with UK deliveries coming in August.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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