2018 Mercedes C-Class refresh: what you need to know

The Mercedes C-Class has been given an update for 2018, with fresh styling, updated tech and mild hybrid tech set to feature.

With the first models due to be delivered in August, UK pricing and specifications won’t be announced until March, but this is what we know so far…

Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets fresh looks

Mercedes-Benz C Class

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The C-Class was the UK’s eighth-most popular car in 2017, so when it came to the car’s appearance, Mercedes obviously didn’t want to rock the boat too much.

The overall shape and styling cues of the current model remain, but a fresh pair of bumpers and a new headlight set-up and LED daytime running lights bring the C-Class’ looks in line with Mercedes’ larger saloons.

2018 C-Class side

Tech and connectivity updates are more comprehensive. A number of options are on offer for the driver’s display, with basic models featuring a traditional instrument binnacle with a 5.5in colour screen between the two dials.

Mercedes’ newly introduced digital instrument panel is available as an option, with the 12.3in diagonal screen replacing the analogue dials. Like the S-Class, the display has three different modes – Classic, Sport and Progressive.

The interior has been updated and features a new range of infotainment options as well as touch-sensitive controls.

The centrally mounted infotainment system is now available in two sizes, with a 7in or 10.25in touchscreen fitted depending on specification. The system can be controlled via the touch-sensitive pads on the steering wheel, as well as a new touchpad controller on the centre console.

In addition, there are some new trim options and upholsteries on offer, and Mercedes’ Keyless-Go start function is now standard across the range. A ‘Multicontour Seat package’ has been added to the options list, which allows for extra bolster adjustment and lumbar support.

2018 C-Class interior

Need something more practical? Mercedes has updated the C-Class Estate too

No engine details have been confirmed, but it’s highly likely it’ll utilise Mercedes’ latest 2.0-litre diesel engine that’ll make up the C200d, c220d and C300d. The unit is already used in the E-Class, with the variants making 148bhp, 192bhp or 241bhp respectively.

Several petrol options will be offered, and could include the newly-introduced turbocharger 164bhp unit found in the new A-Class. Other potential options include the 1.6-litre 154bhp unit found in the SLC180.

2018 C-Class rear

Sources report the C300 and C300d are set to feature Mercedes’ EQ Boost system. This mild-hybrid tech increases power while reducing overall emission output and fuel economy, and is set to be a big leap from the outgoing C-Class hybrid, the 300h.

Lease rates and full specifications are to be confirmed, but we’ll bring you further details as soon as they’re revealed in March. If you can’t wait for the first of the new C-Classes to arrive in August, you can check out lease deals on the current model here.

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