Mercedes-Benz’s bestselling model, the W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has just gotten a facelift earlier this year. Aside from minor nip and tuck on its aesthetics, the three-pointed star has also introduced extensive upgrades in the technology side of things. Let’s take a closer look at the C-Class facelift before it is officially introduced here in Malaysia.
Starting with the looks, the C-Class now gets a new headlamp and taillamp design (sedan only) that is much more minimalistic than before. But the top of the range variant will receive the Multibeam LED headlamps for the first time. The Multibeam uses 84 individual LEDs for forward illumination and is certainly something we look forward to on the Malaysian spec sheet.
Other less apparent changes on the exterior are the more angular bumper piece with a silver strip garnish, diamond radiator grille for AMG Line (previously available on C 43 & C-Class Coupes) as well as new alloy wheel design.
Stepping inside and the changes become more apparent. New items include the 12.3-inch fully digital instrument display (optional), new steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls, 10.25-inch Command Online Infotainment screen (optional) with Linguatronic voice control. The latter first debut on the W177 A-Class and allows you to say “humanised” commands to control various functions in-car functions.
Powertrain options remain as per before, but the C 200 that we are all familiar with is now a mild-hybrid petrol powertrain. It pairs a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 184 hp/280 Nm to a 48V onboard network and EQ Boost to give it additional 14 hp. EQ Boost, as the name suggests, provides additional boost when the turbocharger is building up boost, giving the car quicker shift times and reduced turbo lag.
The mild-hybrid system is paired to a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission and is capable of sending the C 200 to 100 km/h from standstill in 7.7 seconds onwards to a top speed of 239 km/h. Other powertrain options include the C 180 with 156 hp/250 Nm from a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo, C 300 with 190 hp/370 Nm from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo and C 400 with 333 hp/480 Nm from a 3.0-litre V6 turbo mill – all mated to the 9G-Tronic transmission.
The C-Class gets a big bump in driver assistance systems now with the inclusion of extended Active Brake Assist as a standard feature. The autonomous emergency braking system can mitigate rear-end collisions with vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
Other optional kit includes Active Distance Distronic, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Steering Assist as well as Evasive Steering Assist. All these give the C-Class semi-autonomous driving capabilities.
It is only a matter of time before the Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift arrives on our shores and it would not be too far of a stretch to say it will go on sale in Malaysia by the end of 2018. What do you think dear readers, what are the features you would want Mercedes-Benz Malaysia to include them in the spec-sheet?
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