Refreshed mid-sizer brings tweaked looks, bigger displays and available mild-hybrid tech.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has detailed the updated 2019 C-Class line-up, with a slimmer range, added tech and revised powertrains.
Here, we'll focus on the sedan and wagon versions, with pricing starting at $63,400 before on-road costs for the C200 sedan.
Standard equipment on the C200 and C220d (from $64,900) includes 18-inch (five-spoke) alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, full-LED headlights, a 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle, a 10.25-inch 'Audio 20' infotainment system with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, 'Artico' leatherette upholstery, dual-zone climate control, electric folding side mirrors with heating, and an electric tailgate (Estate only).
There's also a nappa leather steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, black piano lacquer dashboard insert and aluminium interior accents, electric front seats with lumbar support, keyless start, steering-mounted paddle shifters, and velour floor mats.
On the driver assistance and safety front, there's autonomous emergency braking, nine airbags, a rear-view camera, driver fatigue monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, hill-start assist, along with tyre pressure monitoring.
Power in the C200 comes from a 135kW/280Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology, while the C220d gets a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel making 143kW/400Nm. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.4L/100km and 4.7L/100km respectively (sedan) on the combined cycle, and both send drive to the rear wheels through a nine-speed automatic.
Stepping up to the C300 (from $71,400) brings larger 19-inch (five-spoke) alloys, privacy glass, 'Keyless Go' incorporating keyless access and automatic boot closing, natural leather upholstery, and the Driving Assistance Package which includes adaptive cruise control, AEB with cross-traffic function, evasive steering assist, active blind-spot assist, active lane-keep assist, and Pre-Safe Plus.
The C300 gets a 2.0-litre turbo petrol making 190kW of power and 370Nm of torque, mated to a nine-speed auto. Fuel consumption for this variant is TBA at this stage.
Next in the range is the AMG C43, priced from $107,900 plus ORCs. Extra specification over the C300 includes the Comand Online navigation system with upgraded high-resolution display and net-based functions, Artico dashboard trim, an AMG Performance flat-bottom steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, AMG floor mats, head-up display, heated front seats, sports front seats with memory function, and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
Other additions include 19-inch AMG alloys, the dark-themed AMG Night exterior package, AMG sports suspension, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, sports exhaust system, 360-degree cameras, upgraded brakes with perforated front discs, traffic sign recognition, and Driver Assistance Package Plus – active lane-change assist along with adaptive cruise control with stop&go.
Power in the entry-level AMG variant comes from a 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 making 287kW and 520Nm (+17kW), mated to a nine-speed auto sending drive to all four wheels. Fuel consumption is rated at 9.4L/100km combined.
Finally, the flagship C-Class comes in the form of the AMG C63 S, which starts at $159,900 before ORCs. In addition to the C43's equipment list, the C63 S gets Air Balance air ionisation, filtering and fragrancing, an AMG Performance leather/microfibre steering wheel, an IWC analogue clock, nappa leather upholstery, a digital TV tuner, upgraded Thermotronic climate control, and 19-inch AMG forged alloys in matte black.
Rounding out the spec sheet are the AMG active dynamic engine mount, AMG performance exhaust system, an electronic rear diff lock, AMG composite brakes with red-painted calipers, and the AMG Track Pace telemetry system.
The AMG C63 S gets a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 pumping out 375kW of power and 700Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels via a nine-speed AMG multi-clutch automatic. Fuel consumption is rated at 10.4L/100km on the combined cycle.
A range of extra-cost single-item options and packages are available depending on variant, along with an array of colour and trim choices.
The range is on sale now, with the AMG C63 S not arriving in showrooms until January 2019. Stay tuned for our Australian launch review later this week.
Click here for more images. C200 AMG Line sedan and AMG C43 wagon pictured.
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class pricing
- C200 – $63,400
- C220d – $64,900
- C300 – $71,400
- AMG C43 – $107,900
- AMG C63 S – $159,900 (January 2019)
- C200 – $65,900
- C220d – $67,400
- C300 – $73,900
- AMG C43 – $110,400
- AMG C63 S – $162,400 (January 2019)
All prices exclude on-road costs
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