Mercedes C-class facelift (2010) spy photos

Published: 25 November 2009

Our man with the long lens in Germany has bagged a set of shots spilling the beans on the new 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-class. A mild facelift is in the pipeline, as befits a car halfway through its planned six-year lifecycle.

The lightly refreshed 2010 C-class will land in 2010, giving the C a pick-me-up to keep battle with last year’s refreshed 3-series.

So what’s new on the 2010 facelifted Mercedes C-class?

Judging by our new scoop photos, the cosmetic changes will be typically modest; Merc doesn’t believe in step-changes mid-cycle, preferring subtle improvements.

The spy pictures suggest the new 2010 C-class will receive some tweaks at the front end. We expect gently massaged headlights and bumpers – a classic way to pep up a model without changing too much expensive retooling of the sheet metal.

And, no, that’s not a new pop-up rear parking camera on the bootlid to keep tabs on the strange gurning dancer in the background. It’s some test equipment as the engineers put the facelifted C-class through its paces.

So there are tech changes on the new C-class?

You bet. Expect the model year facelift to herald some engineering upgrades, with certain engines brushing up on their bhp/CO2 balance. It’s likely that more BlueEfficiency fuel-saving tech will trickle across the range.

We hear also that the new 2010 C-class will receive pop-up bonnet safety tech – the better for whacking pedestrians with – and radar-controlled Distronic Plus cruise control capable of braking you to a standstill in stop-start motorway traffic.


By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet