New model out:
Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2018 C-Class saloon and estate car in the UK.
As one of the UK’s best-selling cars, the C-Class has become somewhat of an icon in the UK.
The German carmaker’s 2018 model has been revised ahead of it going on sale later this year.
Many of these changes are evolutionary including the design but it does get a range of upgraded technology and connectivity features.
Certain exterior design upgrades have also been made which included updated bumpers and new headlights and tail-lights.
At the front new LED daytime running lights have also been introduced.
Inside the car has also received a few updates, however, the car does not received the new MBUX interior cabin design.
Instead a floating touchscreen which can range in size from seven-inches to 10.25-inches.
Being the driver there are two options for the cockpit these are a more conventional instrument cluster with a 5.5-inch screen flanked by two dials or a 12.3-inch fully digital display.
A touch-sensitive pad on the steering wheel can be used to control certain functions of the infotainment screen.
Mercedes has introduced an Energising comfort control system which makes use of the climate control which includes the car conditioning and scents, seat heating, ventilation massage functions.
MERCEDESThe new and updated interior of the new C-Class
The system is supposed to improve the wellbeing of the driver and will also utilise the lighting and the music.
A number of driver assistance systems come with the car as standard and as options to improve the overall safety of the car.
The C-Class is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations, due to improvements in the camera and radar systems.
Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the Driving Assistance package is able to support the driver in numerous situations on the basis of map information and predictively adjust the speed e.g. when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts.
MERCEDESThere is also an estate variant of the new C-Class
Other new developments include Active Lane Change Assist and Active Emergency Stop Assist as new functions of Active Steering Assist.
The new C-Class also comes with extended Active Brake Assist as standard.
Powertrain options for the car have not yet been confirmed but accordion to Autocar, two hybrid variants will be added to the range.
UK pricing and specification will be revealed at the end of March, with first cars arriving from August 2018
A digital instrument cluster and enhanced driver assists are among the highlights.
The current-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class entered production for the 2015 model year. That’s not ancient by any means, but the platform is due for a mid-cycle refresh and that has officially arrived with the 2019 C-Class sedan. The car will make its first public appearance in a few weeks at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but Mercedes-Benz has pulled the camouflage a bit early so we can get familiar with the changes.
On the outside, those changes are subtle but noticeable. The AMG-Line single-bar diamond grille up front is now standard, flanked with new LED headlights that are also standard equipment. The front fascia is slightly tweaked with horizontal fins in the side air intakes, and the rear fascia also gets a slight redesign with the addition of a diffuser element down low. As with the headlights, taillights also receive a minor design change and an LED upgrade. A fresh set of 17-inch twin five-spoke wheels are standard, and Mercedes will offer up a couple new paint options: Mojave Silver Metallic and Emerald Green Metallic.
Physical changes inside aren’t as noticeable, unless you opt for the new 12.3-inch digital instrument display over the standard cluster. A new steering wheel is offered with touch control buttons that respond to swiping motions, allowing drivers to control functions on both the instrument cluster and infotainment system without letting go of the wheel. Speaking of the infotainment screen, a new 10.25-inch screen is now available as an option over the standard 7-inch display. Smartphone integration is now standard, and a new interior color combination of Magma Gray with black is offered. On AMG-Line models you can also choose Saddle Brown and Silk Beige with black.More Mercedes news:
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The big story on the inside is actually what you can’t see. The new C-Class gets an upgrade in the tech department with Intelligent Drive assist features borrowed from the E-Class. Specifically, improved radar and camera systems let the C-Class see farther and wider, and it uses map and navigation data for driver assist functions as well. As such, the C-Class offers semi-autonomous driving in certain situations.
Power still comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but in the new C-Class the engine is massaged to make a bit more power. 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts) is now on tap, shifted through the familiar 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan will officially debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, though it won’t be on sale in the U.S. late 2018. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
My rep says it will be in SG in the third quarter..
Maybe they will have some sale of the current model...