The new 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift model has just been revealed. The car will make its official public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that is happening in a couple of weeks. The changes in the car includes subtle exterior and interior amendments, a bunch of new technology added to the car, and new gasoline and diesel engines.
Mercedes have yet to announce any details on the power output of the engine variants. But it is very likely that variants below the AMG models will be powered by the M264 2.0 Liter 4-cylinder engine that can be found in the latest E350 coupe and cabriolet. The engine is paired with an EQ boost which is a 48-volt battery that can produce 20HP and 220NM of torque which will help to eliminate turbo lag and start-up time of the engine. This enhances the quickness and smoothness of the auto start-stop function as well as the packaging of the engine. The engine for the current C43 AMG is also likely to be updated with the new M256 3.0 Liter straight-six engine equipped with EQ Boost as well. Moreover, it is also very likely that Mercedes will alter the C43 AMG moniker to the C53 AMG moniker to match with their current product lineup.
At the exterior of the car, the car now comes standard with the AMG single-bar diamond grille. New front and rear bumpers that have been redesigned, with the front bumper now being chrome-plated trim. The LED headlights and taillights now comes standard with the car. The Multibeam LED headlights which features ultra range high beams, are able to adjust its light autonomously depending on the current levels of light the car is receiving. Finally, the wheels that come standard with the car are new ‘twin five-spoke 17-inch wheels’. Overall, the exterior changes are indeed, subtle. But lets not let this take away from the fact that the current generation C-Class has always been and is still a great looking car. Mercedes has just refined it’s overall appearance.
Onto the inside, the interior features more bells and whistles. The car comes standard with a 7-inch display screen, though customers can opt for the upgraded 10.25-inch display screen and a 12.3 digital instrument cluster. Navigating through the infotainment system can be done using the new multi-functional steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls, or by the touchpad at the center console with haptic feedback. Extra options at a cost includes a panoramic sunroof, NFC wireless charging, heated or cooled front seats, and a Burmester audio system.
Onto the bigger news, the C-Class is receiving a huge upgrade in the tech department. The C-Class can now, in under right conditions, be driven semi-autonomously. Mercedes says the cameras and radar system can see up to 1,640 feets (500 meters) ahead. The car will be able to maintain its lane and keep a safe distance between the car in front, adjust its speed based on the speed limit, and change lane when the driver uses the turn signals.