German luxury auto giant Mercedes-Benz officially unveiled its new updated C-class at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show this year. Now, as per the latest reports, the company is preparing to bring it to the Indian car market in October this year. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift comes with mild cosmetic updates and some interior updates. However, it also comes with a handful of under the hood upgrades, making it a significant overall model update. While India is surely going to get the C-Class sedan facelift within 2018, the India-spec details haven’t been confirmed yet.
Nevertheless, here’s what we know about the India-bound Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift so far:
As always, the primary Mercedes-Benz C-Class version will be sedan. However, a niche cabriolet version is expected to come to our market as well. As Mercedes is always expanding its AMG lineup in India, the C-Class coupé version is also expected in the form of a 43 AMG or 63 AMG variant.
The C 200 will not get the ongoing 2.0L turbocharged petrol mill, but will be replaced with a new 1.5L turbocharged petrol unit. The downsized engine will offer comparable power figures – 184 hp of power (same as now) and 280 Nm of torque (only 20Nm less).
The diesel version will also get a new 2.0L motor that debuted on the E 220d. It will be offered in two states of tune. The C 220d will offer 194 hp and 400 Nm, while the twin-turbocharged C 250d will be replaced by the C 300d, an upgraded twin-turbocharged 2.0 litre will generate around 245 hp. As per Mercedes-Benz India’s latest announcement, both the diesel engines will be BS-VI compliant.
Moreover, all the versions of the updated C-Class will be equipped with an all-new much superior 9-speed G-Tronic transmission that will replace the aging 7-speed G-Tronic unit.
Powertrain on Other Body Styles
The C 300 petrol engine is likely to be offered exclusively on the niche cabriolet version. This engine can generate 258 hp and 370 Nm with a slight power jump. The 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6 AMG C 43 4Matic version will come as well along good power jump of 23 hp at 390 hp and the same 520 Nm torque. A C 63 S powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 mill is expected too with same power outputs and paired to the new 9-speed MCT transmission. As already mentioned, the AMG coupe versions are also expected.
Exterior & Interior Updates
Exterior styling updates include new bumpers and alloys, two variants of full-LED headlights – with the higher version flaunting awesome diode signature; while the tail lights get a new LED pattern.
The cabin gets new optional digital dials and a 10.25 inch display for the COMAND infotainment system, but these features are not confirmed for the Indian market yet. It would also get a new steering wheel with dual-touchpad control system that the new E-class and S-class facelift already flaunt.
All these changes will make the C-Class more up-class and luxurious, and offer greater convenience. However, we need to wait till October to find out how many of these features will actually make it to India.