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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class updated with mild-hybrid tech

Now in its fifth year of production, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been given a refreshed for 2019, with updates to its exterior and interior as well as added technology and features.

The C-Class range also adds hybrid power with the C 200 models for the first time via a new EQ Boost on-board power generator, while the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC models receive a healthy power boost.

The C-Class update – which encompasses sedan, estate, coupé, cabriolet and Mercedes-AMG models – includes new or modified parts to nearly half of the total component set, equating to around 6500 parts that have been changed.

A new generation of four-cylinder 1,5-litre petrol engine is being launched in the new C 200 models which are equipped with an additional 48-volt on-board network with a belt- driven starter/alternator.

When accelerating, EQ Boost can assist the 135 kW engine with an additional 10 kW, bridging the brief moment until the turbocharger has built up its full charge pressure.

This boosting is also used to reach the engine’s ideal rpm as quickly as possible during gearshifts, resulting in shorter shift times.

During deceleration, the starter/alternator recuperates kinetic energy and charges the battery.

Other advantages include the gliding mode with the engine switched off, and the recuperative braking with intelligent engine stop when the vehicle is coasting.

Available on sedan and estate, the diesel-powered C 220 d model receives a new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel powertrain making 143kW and 400Nm – a boost of 18kW over the engine it replaces.

Producing 190 kW from its 2L turbocharged four cylinder petrol engine, the C 300 sedan is able to sprint from 0 to 100 kph in just 5.9 seconds.

The Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC model also benefits from this comprehensive refresh of the C-Class range with an updated version of its 3.0-litre biturbo V6 engine now making a potent 287kW and 520Nm.

In conjunction with the AMG 9-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC all- wheel-drive, the AMG C 43 sedan sprints from 0 to 100 kph in just 4.7 seconds.

Technological advances

The new mild hybrid drivetrain is among a number of technological advances in a thorough re-imagining of the C-Class range, the global top-selling model for Mercedes-Benz.

The C-Class range now offers a digital instrument cluster as standard across the C-Class range, incorporating a 12.3-inch digital instrument display alongside a 10.25-inch media display, which can be configured in three visually distinctive themes – Classic, Sport and Progressive.

The media system features standard smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.

Standard on the AMG C 43 models and optionally available across the C-Class range for the first time are Multibeam LED headlights, which can illuminate the road ahead to a distance of up to 650 metres and also shape its beam to shield oncoming vehicles or vehicles ahead.

Revised design

A mid-life exterior facelift for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class range focuses on the front section, as well as the redesigned headlights and tail lights.

The optional AMG Line Exterior package (standard on Coupe and Cabriolet models) also brings revised design inspiration to the front and rear, including an AMG front apron with new geometry, and a rear bumper with a new lower section, with trim depending on the model and engine variant chosen.

Inside, the centre console is characterised by an elegant flowing trim element, including optional new real wood veneer such as open-pore brown walnut or open- pore black ash.

A selection of 64 colours for the ambient lighting is standard for the first time on all C-Class models, while Energizing Comfort Control – a system that combines music, temperature and fragrance to create pre-set ‘moods’ for occupants – is now available as an option across the C-Class range (excluding C 200 and C 220 d models).

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Pricing (excluding on-roads)

C-Class Sedan range 
Mercedes-Benz C 200 Sedan $63,400 MRLP
Mercedes-Benz C 220 d Sedan $64,900 MRLP
Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan $TBC October 2018

 

C-Class Estate range 
Mercedes-Benz C 200 Estate $65,900 MRLP
Mercedes-Benz C 220 d Estate $67,400 MRLP
Mercedes-Benz C 300 Estate $TBC October 2018

 

C-Class Coupé range 
Mercedes-Benz C 200 Coupé $67,900 MRLP
Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupé $TBC October 2018

 

C-Class Cabriolet range 
Mercedes-Benz C 200 Cabriolet $88,400 MRLP
Mercedes-Benz C 300 Cabriolet $TBC October 2018

 

Mercedes-AMG range 
Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan $107,900 MRLP
Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Estate $110,400 MRLP
Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé $111,900 MRLP
Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet $124,900 MRLP

 

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S range (available in January 2019)
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan $159,900 MRLP
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate $162,400 MRLP
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé $164,900 MRLP
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Cabriolet $182,900 MRLP

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