The German automaker has decided it’s high time for the mid cycle facelift of the C-Class model, its best-selling series since, well, like forever – just in time for the arrival at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
Both the sedan and estate versions will make their first worldwide public appearances at the March event in Switzerland, sporting a reshaped design language, along with important technology upgrades. Changes outside aren’t massive, but they’re certainly noticeable – new headlights and taillights, standard with LED technology, new 17-inch twin five-spoke alloy wheels from the get go, as well as tweaks to the entire front end and the lower part of the derriere. Naturally, there are also fresh colors available: Mojave Silver Metallic and Emerald Green Metallic.
Inside the changes are subtler, save for the optional and brand new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster – but there’s also a new steering wheel complete with touch control buttons. We advise future clients to select the optional new 10.25-inch screen for the infotainment system over the standard 7 incher, because Mercedes will hook you up to lots of connected and smartphone-like services. New trims include Magma Gray with black and Saddle Brown and Silk Beige with black on the AMG Line models.
The more important changes are in areas you won’t see with the naked eye – the C-Class is now taking over some of the Intelligent Drive assist features of the new E-Class, including semi-autonomous driving skills under certain conditions. In the US, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan will use a new 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo engine packing 255 hp (up 14 hp) and 273 lb-ft of torque, linked to the ubiquitous 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission.