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New Mercedes C-Class prices and specs announced

Saloon and estate prices for Merc’s new C-Class have been confirmed, with first deliveries set for July

Mercedes has released full prices and specs for the revised C-Class saloon and estate. The wide-ranging updates include improved infotainment and connectivity systems and new engines.

It remains on the same platform as before, so the styling receives only subtle changes as opposed to a major overhaul. New bumpers, revised headlights and tail-lamps feature; the standard configuration at the front will be halogen lights with LED daytime running lights, but with a full LED set-up available as an option.

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The dashboard design remains much the same as before too, but the infotainment system has been completely overhauled. The outgoing car’s seven-inch screen has been ditched for a more advanced 10.25-inch set-up that’s standard throughout the range. Some of the infotainment functions can be controlled through touch-sensitive panels on the steering wheel, a set-up directly carried over from the larger E-Class and S-Class.

In addition to the display, all C-Class models are equipped with a reversing camera, heated front seats, satellite navigation and adaptive cruise control. The cabin also gets what the marque calls ‘Energizing Comfort Control’; a system which uses the air-conditioning, perfumed scents, seat heating, ventilation and massage functions to improve driver wellbeing.

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An optional 12.3-inch digital instrument panel can replace the traditional analogue dials. It’s part of a £2,795 package which also adds a 64-colour interior ambient lighting system, Comand online, intelligent LED lighting and wireless phone charging.

From launch, the C-Class will be offered with a choice of one diesel and two petrol engines, with more units expected to follow at a later date. These include the OM654 four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbodiesel already featured in the E-Class, which in this installation produces 191bhp, 400Nm of torque, and returns a claimed 61.4mpg.

A 1.5-litre petrol unit is all-new, assisted by a 48-volt hybrid set-up which adds an additional 14bhp of electrical shove. Total system output stands at 181bhp and 280Nm, returning 46.3mpg. Both rear and all-wheel drive options are offered.

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The range will initially be topped by the AMG C 43. The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo makes 385bhp and 520Nm - increases of 23bhp and 44Nm respectively. Deployed to the road through all four wheels, the C 43 can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 4.7 seconds in saloon form, taking a tenth longer in estate guise.

The £33,180 starting price means the revised C-Class carries a near £4,000 premium over the outgoing car, but this is due to both increased equipment levels in the base models and the hybrid assistance of the entry level C 200. The facelifted version of Merc’s BMW 3 Series challenger is priced from £33,180 and available to order now, with first deliveries due in July.

“Continual improvement is crucial to keeping a car on top”. Click through to page two to get our view on the facelifted Mercedes C-Class...

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Alex joined Auto Express as staff writer in early 2018, helping out with news, drives, features, and the occasional sports report. His current role of Chief reviewer sees him head up our road test team, which gives readers the full lowdown on our comparison tests.

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