Facelifted Mercedes C-Class features luxurious interior and new hybrid powertrains

Staff writer

Mercedes' incredibly popular compact executive saloon has undergone a facelift, bringing it bang up-to-date with a newly plush interior, exterior styling tweaks and a choice of two plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The new car will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, before heading to showrooms later in 2018. Motoring publication Autocar reports that the range will include two hybrid engine options, to replace the current C 350e.

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Badged C 300e and C 300de, the former will use a 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 208bhp, while the latter will gain a diesel engine producing 191bhp. These figures are both without hybrid assistance.

Autocar reports that both hybrid models will offer pure-electric ranges of over 30 miles thanks to a 13.8kWh battery, though Mercedes has not revealed official fuel economy, emissions or a combined power figure for either models.

Elsewhere, the revised C-Class gains an upgraded interior, coming as standard with upgraded analogue dials and a freestanding seven-inch infotainment display.

Meanwhile, the options list contains the choice of a new 12.3-inch digital instrument display, a revised steering wheel and a larger, 10.25-inch infotainment display. There's also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time on a C-Class, plus optional advanced driving assistance packages including remote control parking.

Other than the new hybrid units, expect the engine lineup to be broadly similar to the outgoing C-Class. The market for diesel executive cars is alive and well, so there will be three oil-burners on offer – badged C 200d, C 220d and C 300d, offering up 148bhp, 192bhp and 241bhp respectively.

Petrol options will be badged C 180, C 200 and C 300, producing 154bhp, 188bhp and 241bhp. Trim levels will run SE, Sport and AMG Line, but Mercedes promises a higher level of equipment throughout.