With the AMG C63 to follow in December
Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed the updated C-Class range – including the sedan, wagon, coupe and cabriolet – will be arriving in August, followed by the hi-po AMG C63 in December.
Speaking with CarAdvice, public relations and product communications manager for Mercedes-Benz's local arm, Jerry Stamoulis, said the core range will be launching in a couple months time, with final pricing and specifications to be announced around July.
In addition to the standard versions of the C-Class 'Saloon', 'Estate, Coupé and Cabriolet, the AMG C43 will also be touching down for an August launch. Meanwhile, the twin-turbo V8-powered AMG C63 has been confirmed for a December launch Down Under.
Key changes for the refreshed range include revised head- and tail-lights, redesigned bumpers, and new trimmings and garnishes depending on the exterior package specified.
Inside, the C-Class range is now available with a fully-digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a larger 10.25-inch central infotainment display – albeit not the new MBUX system from the all-new A-Class – along with new steering wheels, and the latest in Mercedes-Benz's driver assistance technologies first seen in more expensive models like the S-Class.
For Europe, the C200 now features EQ Boost, pairing a new 1.5-litre turbo four with a 48V starter motor. While this powertrain hasn't been confirmed for our market yet, the base C-Class generates 135kW of power and 280Nm of torque – matching the outputs of the current model's 2.0-litre unit – while the 48V mild-hybrid setup provides an additional 10kW and 160Nm of boost for short periods, which the company says bridges the gap between idle and the turbocharger reaching full pressure.
Meanwhile, the updated AMG C43 also gets a power bump, with the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 now making 287kW (up 17kW), while torque remains constant at 520Nm.
Performance claims, however, remain the same – with the sedan claiming a 4.7-second sprint from 0-100km/h, and the Estate 4.8 seconds.
Stay tuned for a full pricing and specifications breakdown in the lead-up to the updated C-Class range's launch in the coming months.
Note: Overseas model pictured
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