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PostHeaderIcon Comparison: 2017 Mercedes C-Class vs 2018 Mercedes C-Class

When it was unveiled back in 2014, the W205-generation C-Class redefined the premium compact market with its sporty exterior design and exquisite interior layout. Based on the larger S-Class, which was still new back then, the C-Class made the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4 look old and dated. The fact that the two were three and seven years old in 2014 also helped the C-Class become the king of the luxury compact market instantly. But things have changed since them. Audi launched a new A4 in 2015, while BMW updated the 3 Series for the 2016 model year and it’s getting ready to launch a new-generation model in 2018. The C-Class is no longer that far ahead, so Mercedes gave its four-door a makeover.

On top of the usual exterior design changes, the C-Class was updated with new features and technology inside the cabin. Highlights include a new digital display for all models and a standard seven-inch screen for the lower-spec versions. Mercedes also added touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheels, and new driver assist features that make the car semi-autonomous, just like in the bigger E-Class and S-Class models. Of course, exterior changes are an important part of a facelift, so let’s see what makes the upgraded model stand out in the comparison below.

Continue reading for the full story.

Front

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“The front bumper is described as new, but in reality, it gained minor touches here in there”

It takes a closer look to spot all the little changes, but it’s very common for mid-cycle facelifts to bring mild revisions. Even when we’re talking about Mercedes-Benz. Much like every update of this kind, the changes mostly affect the front and rear fascias. Up front, the C-Class gained new headlamps. They’re basically the same as far as shape and size go, but they were redesigned under the plastic covers. The hockey stick LED daytime running lights are thicker and have been moved closer to the inner edge. The main grille appears to be the same, but now sports the fancy diamond grille on almost every trim.

The front bumper is described as new, but in reality, it gained minor touches here in there. The center vent is a bit wider, while the side intakes are taller, giving the front end a more aggressive look. The car in the photos also sports a couple of horizontal strakes in each of the side vents, but that feature isn’t available on all models. It’s a good improvement overall.

Side

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“There are two new exterior colors: green and silver. Yey!”

This is where you could look at either of the two cars, because it’s exactly what you get not matter if you buy the new 2018 C-Class or a used, pre-facelift model. Nothing has changed aside from the side panels of the front bumper and the fact that the revised sedan comes with new wheel designs. The five-spoke model seen here is definitely cool to look at — I like how the spokes seem to float around the center hub — but again, this is the norm today. Oh, and there are two new exterior colors: green and silver. Yey!

Facelifts rarely change a car’s profile, so we will keep seeing this side view until the next-generation model arrives.

Rear

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“The new, inverted C-shaped LED lights give the sedan a modern look”

If you like noticeable facelifts, you’d better head back to the “Front” section and enjoy those photos a bit more, because the rear end doesn’t have much to offer. If you’re still here, check out the taillights for new features. Fortunately, Mercedes did a good job here. The previous two-unit LED layout was far from inspiring, while the new, inverted C-shaped LED lights give the sedan a modern look. The shape and size of the taillights are the same, but I like these S-Class-inspired units, and I’m glad that Merc kept them. The diffuser-like element is now finished in black, and there’s chrome trim running below the bumper and the big exhaust pipes, but that’s about. Still, it’s a solid upgrade that will keep the model fresh for a couple more years.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Unveiled

As if it weren’t already obvious from the vast quantity of examples seen on the road, the current generation of the C-Class compact four-door is officially the German brand’s best-selling model, moving as many as 417,000 units worldwide last year. Now, there’s a new model on the horizon, and it’s promising refreshed goods inside and out.

Let’s start with the stuff outside, where the high-powered AMG-spec’d models make their presence known thanks to a diamond grille fitted in front as standard, plus a new front apron and a rear diffuser for the 2019 model year. The rest of the line includes a bevy of silver and chrome trim, as well as halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights. Options include full-LED headlights, which also include goodies like
“High Performance” elements with an “Ultra Range” high beam. The exterior paint options now throw in shades like Mojave silver metallic and emerald green metallic, while standard 17-inch wheels are found in the corners.

Step inside, and you’ll find an interior layout that looks more or less identical to the outgoing model, but Merc swears it’s updated for 2019, and includes a redesign for the center console. Optional interior materials include open-pore brown walnut trim and open-pore anthracite oak, while new interior color schemes include magma grey and black, plus saddle brown for the AMG line. There’s also a new multi-contour seat package which allows for individually adjustable side bolsters and lumbar support, as well as a massaging effect.

In terms of tech, the new C-Class is offered with a fully digital instrument display taken from the S-Class, and complete with three individual viewing modes. Standard spec throws a 5.5-inch display in between the gauges, but with the full digital option, you get a 12.3-inch screen instead. The center screen on the dash measures in at 7.0 inches as standard, but there’s also a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen if you’re willing to pay a bit more. Further features include touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel, a Qi wireless phone charging system, and the optional Comand Online navigation system.

Mercedes says the C-Class can “drive semi-autonomously in certain situations,” and includes optional features like Active Distance Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Steering Assist, and Active Emergency Stop Assist. Active Brake Assist is standard.

Motivation is once again derived from a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which gets up-rated in the latest 2019 model year to produce as much as 255 horsepower. A 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission routes the power aft as standard, with AWD offered as an available option.

Pricing will be announced in March when the C-Class makes its formal debut at the Geneva International Motor Show. Look for the first batch to arrive hot off the presses in August.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Is Giving Away An AMG C43 Coupe During The Super Bowl

Do you have a smartphone, a finger, and an astounding amount of free time? Then you could very well win a pumped-up German luxury two-door in Mercedes’ latest promotion.

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The Full Story


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“The German brand is calling it “Last Fan Standing,” and the principle is identical – the last one to keep in contact with the auto takes it home as a prize. However, this time around, the competitors can be anywhere, and every one of them has their finger on their smartphone.”

Some of you out there might be familiar with that old car dealership promotion called “Last Man Standing,” wherein participants would place their hands on a car, and the last person to remain in contact with the auto took it home as a prize. It’s a game of patience and determination and calling into work sick the next day because dammit you’re gonna win this thing, and now, Mercedes is giving us a new digital version.

The German brand is calling it “Last Fan Standing,” and the principle is identical – the last one to keep in contact with the auto takes it home as a prize. However, this time around, the competitors can be anywhere, and every one of them has their finger on their smartphone.

“This new digital version requires players to use their fingers to follow a virtual Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe around a smartphone screen until their patience or attention gives way,” Merc explains in a press release. “However, the original rules remain the same: lose contact with the car, you’re out. The last person touching the car wins it.”

Participants will be able to monitor their progress thanks to a real-time counter on the screen that displays the number of contestants currently playing the game and how long the game has been going on. To get into the mood, Merc is dropping an interactive training game that’ll help would-be players practice tracking the AMG Merc as it moves across the face of their smartphone.


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“Players who share on Twitter that they're participating are granted a five-minute “timeout” whenever they want.”

Official registration kicks off on game day, Sunday, February 4th, between 12:00 AM and 6:25 PM EST. If you’re interested, visit LastFanStanding.com to check it out. While there, you’ll also be able to find tips and advice on how to win, including phone charging suggestions and how to execute a bathroom break.

Additionally, players who share on Twitter that they’re participating are granted a five-minute “timeout” whenever they want.

The car itself is worth some $63,140, and the lucky winner will also receive roughly 20 grand extra to cover the various taxes and fees. The winner can also choose another Merc model if desired, but it’s unlikely you’ll get your hands on the Project One.

As a reminder, the Mercedes-AMG C43 comes equipped with an AMG-tuned 3.0-liter V-6 stuffed by two turbochargers to produce a total of 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Output is routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission and AWD system, with the 0-to-60 mph sprint completed in 4.6 seconds.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate By Vath

2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate By Vath

Estate vehicles, or wagons as we like to call them, aren’t supposed to do 211 mph. It’s just one of those things that don’t happen as far as automakers are concerned. But the car tuning world is a different story, and we see a good example of that with Vath’s latest tuning program for the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate.

A lot of us are familiar with Vath’s work in the past, especially when it comes to Mercedes-AMG models. It has put in work to develop kits for the AMG SL 65, AMG C 450, and the sedan version of the AMG C 63. Heck, it’s even worked on the previous version of the AMG C 63 Estate. To say that Vath knows what it’s doing with Mercedes-AMG models is an accurate portrayal of the tuner’s abilities, and we see those abilities on full display once again with its new program for the meaty estate. Pick a section of the AMG E 63, and there’s a chance that Vath has something for it. The estate’s exterior? Check. Interior? Check on that too. Drivetrain? You better believe it. There are even “miscellaneous items” on the table, just in case you’re in the mood to get those. This is the kind of comprehensive tuning program that Vath has built its name on. There may be more popular tuning firms in the world out there, but when it comes to quality Mercedes-AMG tunes, few are as consistently good as Vath.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG E 63 Estate by Vath

Exterior

  • Front Carbon Spoiler
  • Rear Carbon Spoiler
  • Roof Spoiler in Development
  • 20-inch V2_GT wheels w\ Continental tires
  • Suspension Lowered by .78 – 1.5 inches

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“The carbon aerodynamic pack included in the program adds a front spoiler and a rear diffuser into the body of the car”

If you own a Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate and you’re looking to give it an aftermarket jolt, this is the kind of program that you’ll need to pay attention to. The exterior, for example, may not look much in the context of a tuning build, but there’s enough of it there to play a significant role in improving the overall makeup of the estate.

For example, the carbon aerodynamic pack included in the program adds a front spoiler and a rear diffuser into the body of the car. A roof spoiler is also being developed at the moment so it’s availability is subject to when the piece will be ready to be offered. The impressions created by the aero kit are hard to notice, I know, but observe the front section of the Vath-tuned AMG C 63 with the standard model. Notice the slight difference?

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It’s the same story in the rear section of the performance estate as the new diffuser help make for a more dynamic-looking profile. Complementing the carbon aero kit is a set of 20-inch alloy wheels that are wrapped in a set of Continental tires.

Interior

  • Floor mats in Black Velor w\ Silver Vath logo
  • New Speedometer reads 360 kph

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Note: Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate pictured here.

There’s not much going on in the interior of the AMG C 63 Estate, but unlike some tuners who prefer to keep the upgrades in this section to nada, Vath does offer spankin’ new floor mats as part of the whole package. Likewise, a new speedometer is also on the catalog, one that’s dialed up to 360 km/h (224 mph) to better reflect the estate’s new performance capabilities, which I’m about to get into.

Drivetrain

  • Mercedes 4.0-liter, Biturbo, V-8
  • Tuned to 700 HP & 664 LB-FT (190 hp and 148 lb-ft more than stock)
  • 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds (supercar acceleration)
  • Top speed unlocked to 211 mph (the same as a Porsche 911 GT2 RS)
  • Vath Turbo with stock electronic tuning
  • Custom exhaust with new downpipe (115 x 85 mm)
  • Vath oil cooler for engine and transmission
  • Vath Brake Optimization (racing brake fluid, steel braided lines, and sport brake pads)

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“The car delivers 700 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque – or 190 horsepower and 148 pound-feet more than standard”

If you’re going to end up paying for the steep price of this program (more on that later), this is the section where you’re going to see most of your money go. Not that it’s a bad thing because Vath did yeoman’s work on the AMG C 63 Estate’s 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 engine to get its output up to supercar levels. The meal ticket item in this entire program is Vath’s power pack, which is largely responsible for getting performance hauler’s output to a staggering 700 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Do a little subtracting, and that equates to output gains in the amount of 190 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of twist. Impressive, right? Well, it gets better.

The extra horses provided by the said power pack helps the AMG C 63 Estate uncork a sprint-to-60-mph time of just 3.3 seconds. 3.3 seconds for an estate! Not only is that time 0.8 seconds quicker than its standard counterpart, but it also falls in the range of established sports cars like the Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2, the Porsche 911 Targa 4S, and the McLaren 540C. In case you’re wondering, these cars are regarded as entry-level supercars. That’s the kind of performance mark you get with this Vath-tuned Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate.


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“The extra horses provided by the said power pack helps the AMG C 63 Estate uncork a sprint-to-60-mph time of just 3.3 seconds”

And if that’s not enough, the German tuner also did away with the top speed limiter installed by Mercedes-AMG. Rejoice then because the car’s top speed isn’t limited to just 155 mph, nor is it capped at 180 mph with the optional AMG Driver’s Package. The actual number is well beyond my own imagination as the estate is said to be capable of hitting 211 mph with the whole tuning kit in place. You know which sports car also sports the same top speed? The Porsche 911 GT2 RS. How’s that for perspective.

Outside of the sensational power pack, Vath is also offering a custom exhaust system as part of this program. It’s a little pricey (again, more on that later), but it should be good enough to supply that raspy roar when all that power is on display.

Suspension


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In keeping with its goal of providing a comprehensive tuning program for the AMG C 63 Estate, Vath is also offering suspension upgrades in the form of a suspension lowering kit and upgraded brakes. Nothing speaks to a car’s desire to be totally lethal and drivable at the same time than having that suspension lowering kit installed.

Pricing


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It always seems that as impressive as a tuning package is, the biggest factor surrounding it always has to do with the price. It’s a similar case with this program from Vath because if you’re interested in getting it, you’re going to have to pay at least €21,420 for it. That converts to just under $25,000 based on current exchange rates. A quick breakdown of the prices of some of the individual pieces can be seen in the table below.

Item Price (€) Price ($)
Power kit €12,800 $15,000
Custom exhaust system €3,440 $4,000
Continental tires €3,050 $3,500
Speedometer €2,130 $2,500

Notice that I said “at least”? That’s because certain elements of the kit don’t have prices attached to them, so if you’re preparing to spend for this kit, do so under the assumption that your costs could go up to about €30,000, or a shade under $35,000.

Competition

Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate “Rottweiller” by Piecha


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As surprising as it sounds, the tuning world actually has a soft spot for the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate as a number of other tuners have developed aftermarket programs for the car. One recent one to do it was Piecha Design, another tuner noted for its Mercedes kits. It may not have attained the same power gains as Vath did – “only” 612 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque – but it sure did make up for it with a pretty cosmetic package highlighted by sporty graphics, including a two-color racing stripe that runs the length of the wagon and a purposeful aero kit that’s made up of a new front spoiler lip, side skirts, and a roof-edge spoiler made from glass-fibre reinforced plastic.

Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate “Rottweiller” by Piecha.

Conclusion


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It’s hard to point to the one thing that makes this program stand out because a few of the elements being offered have appeal in them. But in the end, this kit being offered by Vath for the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate is defined by the power upgrade, and on that end, there aren’t a lot of programs that can compete with what the German tuner is offering. I mean, 700 horsepower for an estate, even a performance-oriented one at that, is insane on all fronts. But Vath made it happen so if you have any interest to get the program, do so with a full amount of confidence…and then let us know about it afterward. We’d gladly hear stories about how a 700-horsepower AMG C 63 Estate runs.

  • Leave it
    • Pricey
    • Not enough variety
    • Other options available

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PostHeaderIcon High Rollin’: Five Sports Cars You Can Buy For Less Than The Price Of Tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

Remember the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept? I’m sure most of you do because it’s on the short list of most incredible reveals in 2017. It’s essentially a more hardcore version of the Bugatti Chiron, and there’s only one of its kind in the world. Yes, it’s a legitimate one-of-one. It also happens to be super expensive and in the short life that it’s had, it’s already been owned by two people. Prince Badr bin Saud of Saudi Arabia was the hypercar’s original owner, who bought it from Bugatti for an undisclosed sum that’s rumored to be in the ten-figure range. It didn’t take long, though, for the Vision GT Concept to change owners as the one-off has found its way to the US courtesy of its new owner in Los Angeles.

As important as those things are, I’m here to talk about a startling discovery about the Vision Gran Turismo, and as some of you might expect, that “discovery” is related to its tires. Apparently – prepare to sit down for this one – a new set of tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo costs $93,000. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s $93,000. No typos. No misprints. No nothing. $93,000 for a set of tires.

Granted, it’s not out of the ordinary for the tires of Bugatti’s supercars to fetch insane amounts. A set of brand-new tires for the Veyron, for example, costs around $50,000 and a similar set for the all-new Chiron is actually a bargain at just over $40,000. But the Vision GT Concept trumps both of them, and it’s not even close. The price for a set of new tires for the concept is so preposterous that I’ve actually managed to come up with a list of sports cars that you can buy brand new for less than the price of the Vision GT’s tires. This is the auto world we live in now, folks. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that it’s dripping in absurdity.

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Lexus LC 500


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Let’s start with a little Japanese flavor courtesy of Lexus and its newest GT sportster, the LC 500. There’s a lot to love about the LC 500, and it all starts with its looks. It may not be for everyone, but the striking styling dynamics of the LC 500 means that it’s a magnet for attention. It also features a well-prepared 5.0-liter V-8 that produces 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. All that power is then sent to the rear wheels courtesy of a newly developed Aisin 10-speed automatic transmission, which in turn allows the LC500 to hit 60 mph from an idle position in just 4.3 seconds before setting off on a top speed run that could peak at about 180 mph. I’m not as giddy about the fact that the model starts at $92,975, but at that price, you’re still looking at one of the best GT sports cars in the world. Don’t believe me? Take one out for a spin, and you’ll be shocked at how remarkably crisp and agile it is for a Lexus. I know from experience.

Read our full article on the 2018 Lexus LC 500.

Mercedes-AMG C 63


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From one of Japan’s finest sports cars to one of the most established sports cars from Germany comes the Mercedes-AMG C 63. Some of you are probably wondering why I chose the AMG C 63 in favor of something like the AMG E 63 S. The latter, for one, clocks in at a price of just over $100,000 so it doesn’t qualify in comparing it to the $93,000 it costs for the Vision Gran Turismo’s four tires. The important answer though is pretty simple: value for your money. This is what the AMG C 63 has over its E 63 counterpart. Not only does it boast of AMG’s famous 5.5-liter, biturbo, V-8 engine, it’s also good enough to produce 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are good enough to post a 4.0-second sprint to 60 mph. And, with features like a three-stage stability control system, an electronic limited-slip differential, and brake-based torque vectoring, it’s hard to think of the AMG C 63 as a run-off-the-mill sports car. It’s far from one, to be exact, and with a price that starts at $81,775, it’s a huge steal relative to what it’s capable of doing.

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06


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I can’t imagine how four pieces of tires can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds by themselves. Can you see that happening? I didn’t think so. That shouldn’t be a problem though for the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, regarded today as the most powerful road-going Corvette ever built. It may be a sports car by segment definition, but rest assured, it packs supercar-like powers, thanks in large part to a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that packs a meaty 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Not only does it rival the power produced by models like the McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 488 GTB, but it also costs just $83,995 in its base trim. Go for the whole enchilada and you’re looking at a price that approaches $100,000. The loaded version of the Corvette Z06 may be a little more expensive than the Bugatti Vision GT’s tires, but the things you can do with the ‘Vette – specially with that manual transmission in tow – far outpoints anything you can do with the Vision GT’s tires.

Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Cadillac CTS-V


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Let’s continue with the American performance car theme and present to you one of the most underrated performance machines to come out of our shores: the Cadillac CTS-V. While it’s true that it doesn’t get the publicity that some of its contemporaries get, the CTS-V is a load of a machine in it of itself. For instance, it makes use of a massive 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that spits out 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Those are Corvette Z06-like numbers for a performance sedan. That’s impressive stuff, especially when you consider that even with its relative girth, it can still sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 200 mph! 200 mph! Here’s the best part: you can get all of that for just $83,995, leaving you with a little under $10,000 in spare change compared to the set of tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

Read our full review on the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


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$84,995. That’s how much it’s going to cost you to buy a muscle car that produces a whopping 808 horsepower and 717 pound-feet of torque. I could leave it at that, but the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is worth mentioning because all that power translates to a 0-to-60-mph time of just 2.3 seconds, making it arguably the fastest-accelerating production car in the world. I don’t know if the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo can eclipse that number, but merely posing the thought means that the Challenger SRT Demon is worth the price of what you’re going to pay for it.

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz C-Class

If Mercedes-Benz ever decided to make a greatest hits album, the C-Class would undoubtedly be one of the top tracks. Originally offered in the early ’90s as a replacement for the Mercedes-Benz 190 series, the C-Class is framed as the German brand’s entry-level luxury four-door compact. A second generation arrived in 2000, followed by a third-gen in 2007 and a fourth-gen in 2014. Now, as the fourth-gen C-Class enters its fifth year of production, it takes a spot in Merc’s lineup as the brand’s best-selling model, moving a total of 415,000 units in markets worldwide last year. That’s a huge volume for a single model. As such, Mercedes is looking to keep it feeling as fresh as possible, and will give it a slew of new updates to keep buyers coming back for more. The latest includes tweaked exterior styling, an updated interior, new infotainment gear, new safety and assistance tech, and even an extra splash of power as well. All good stuff, if you ask us.

The latest 2019 model year for the C-Class will appear in the metal for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show, where Merc will also pull the sheets on the new A-Class, the new G-Class, and the new AMG GT Coupe. While a full generational changeover is expected in a few years’ time, this new model definitely keeps that old C-Class magic we’ve come to expect, while also adding all the extra goodies needed to keep it in the running with the competition. Read on for the details, and make sure to check back here for the full rundown when the C-Class drops in Geneva.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior

  • Multiple body styles on offer: sedan, wagon, coupe
  • Refreshed exterior for 2019
  • Larger side intakes in the front bumper
  • New taillights and headlights
  • Includes Multibeam LED headlight feature
  • Diamond radiator grille as standard on the AMG line
  • Silver and chrome trim
  • New 17-inch wheel design
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“The latest for the 2019 model year includes some tweaked styling for the exterior, and although the updates aren't extensive, they do help to liven up the model a bit and keep it feeling as fresh as possible without a total redesign.”

As it has in years past, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class will once again come in a variety of different body styles, including the traditional four-door sedan (or “Saloon”) and wagon (or “Estate”), both of which are scheduled to appear in Switzerland at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Also expect a variety of two-door coupes coming down the line as well.

The latest for the 2019 model year includes some tweaked styling for the exterior, and although the updates aren’t extensive, they do help to liven up the model a bit and keep it feeling as fresh as possible without a total redesign.

Let’s start in front, where the headlights get slightly renewed graphics. The overall shape is retained though, with a single block design that stretches back into the fenders, increasing the front end’s “pointiness.” The new headlights are also offered with a Multibeam LED set-up for enhanced nighttime visibility, plus Ultra Range high beams to see even further down the road. The new headlights utilize 84 individually controlled LEDs, which can automatically adjust as needed to suit the situation at hand, be it a lower light line for traffic situations and a higher line when you’re the only car traveling.


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“The new headlights are offered with a Multibeam LED set-up for enhanced nighttime visibility.”

The bumper design is also new, gaining restyled side intakes that plump up the fascia a bit and give it a slightly sportier appearance. These intakes also include twin dividing blades that lend the bumper a slightly wider-looking stance. Meanwhile, the AMG Line gets a diamond radiator grille as standard.

Standard spec lower in the line tosses in silver trim, while the optional gear throws in chrome-plated trim. The latest model year also adds two new exterior colors, dubbed Mojave silver metallic and emerald green metallic (we’re particularly excited to see the green on the C-Class!). Rounding it out are five-spoke 17-inch wheels as standard, which also come with a new design for 2019.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 111.8
Length (Inches) 184.5
Width (w/ mirrors) (Inches) 79.5
Width (w/o mirrors) (Inches) 71.3
Height (Inches) 56.8
Track (front / rear) (Inches) 61.5 / 60.9

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior

  • Small revisions to the interior design
  • Still keeps loads of horizontal cues
  • Optional open-pore anthracite oak wood trim
  • Saddle brown upholstery for the AMG Line
  • Energizing comfort control links multiple systems as one
  • New key fob colors
  • Comand Online navigation is retained
  • Optional 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel
  • Optional
    10.25-inch screen for the dash
  • Optional 225-watt nine-speaker sound system
  • Full suite of autonomous and semi-autonomous drive systems

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“Much like the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class' exterior design, the sedan's interior sees a few updates to keep it fresh, but nothing too extensive.”

Much like the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class’ exterior design, the sedan’s interior sees a few updates to keep it fresh, but nothing too extensive. You still get large swaths of premium trim and high-end materials, while a quintet of rounded air vents find their home across the dash. The primary infotainment screen is mounted high in the center. The layout is focused on enhancing the horizontal aspect of the interior, which is intended to give it an airy, more open feel overall.

This time around, the C-Class is offered with an optional open-pore anthracite oak wood trim, as well as new color schemes such as magma grey on black. The AMG Line also gets saddle brown for the upholstery. Options include a panoramic sunroof.

Also new on the options list is something called the Multicontour Seat package, which features individually adjustable side bolsters and lumbar supports, plus air chambers under the fabric that provide a massaging effect. Nice stuff. Further options include something Mercedes is calling Energizing comfort control, which links the climate control, the air ventilation air fragrance system, the music selection, the lighting, and the heating, massage, and ventilation features for the seats, all in the name of creating a custom tailored program to better suit the driver’s various moods. “This has positive effects on well being and driver performance,” Mercedes says.


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“Further options include something Mercedes is calling Energizing comfort control, which links a variety of different systems to create a custom tailored program that better suits the driver's various moods.”

Driver’s get to grips with a new multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel, which mounts touch-sensitive controls at thumb length, and includes inputs for the various onboard systems like the cruise control. There’s also a touchpad in the center console and voice control to help you keep your eyes on the road, rather than on the center console. A keyless entry and engine start-stop button is included as well, while the new key fob offers new looks like high-gloss chrome, white with chrome, and high-gloss white with a matte chrome surround.

Some of the biggest changes to the C-Class are what’s going on with the infotainment system, which Merc says now sports a new electronic architecture and a variety of features taken from higher up in the range, including the top-dollar S-Class and the E-Class. Unfortunately, the new C-Class uses the older Comand Online navigation system rather than the newer MBUX infotainment system. Nevertheless it still comes with a plethora of useful features, such as traffic updates, car-to-x warning, weather forecasts, fuel prices, and more.

S-Class fans will also be happy to learn that the C-Class now comes with an available fully digital display behind the steering wheel. This is essentially the digital display concept taken from the large-and-in-charge S-Class, and it comes with three display modes, such as “Classic,” “Sport,” and “Progressive.”


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“Some of the biggest changes to the C-Class are what's going on with the infotainment system, which Merc says now sports a new electronic architecture and a variety of features taken from higher up in the range.”

The standard gauge display is an analog unit, and it comes with a small 5.5-inch color screen in between two rounded dials. By contrast, the fully digital display is 12.3-inches in the diagonal measurement, stretching clear across across the gauge pod. Further to the left, there’s a standard 7.0-inch display in the dash, which can be replaced by a 10.25-inch screen if desired.

Further on-board equipment includes a heads-up display, standard USB ports, an SD card reader, and Bluetooth connectivity. There’s also Qi wireless phone charging, and the option to link your phone with the C-Class’ antenna for a boosted cell signal. Audio lovers will wanna opt into the nine-speaker sound system, which pumps out a total of 225 watts.

The C-Class’ driving assists are also looking fresh. Thanks to a series of cameras and radar systems, Merc says the C-Class can drive semi-autonomously “in certain situations.” Features include Active Distance Assist (which is basically active cruise control), Active Lane Change Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, and Active Steering Assist. The C-Class’s map and navigation system are also integrated with the assists. For example, the cruise control will modify the car’s speed when approaching a curve or junctions – smart!

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Interior Dimensions

Head room (front / rear) (Inches) 37.1 / 37.1
Leg room (front / rear) (Inches) 41.7 / 35.2
Cargo Volume (seats up) (cu ft) 12.6

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Drivetrain

  • Base model includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Output increased to 255 horsepower
  • Torque identical to outgoing model at 273 pound-feet
  • Should be more efficient
  • Expected 0-to-60 mph around 5.8 seconds
  • Will include diesel and hybrid options as well

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“The base model will come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine, with output rated at 255 horsepower. That's an increase of 14 ponies over the outgoing model's 241 ponies.”

While we fully expect the new C-Class to once again offer gas options, diesel options (no diesel in the U.S., though), and a plug-in hybrid option, most of the official drivetrain specs are still under wraps. We’ll update this section once we get the full info at the Geneva Motor Show, but until then, this is what we know.

To begin, the base model will come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine, with output rated at 255 horsepower. That’s an increase of 14 ponies over the outgoing model’s 241 ponies. Torque comes to 273 pound-feet, which is the same as it was before. Making the connection to the powerplant is a nine-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to the rear as standard, or all four wheels as an option in the 4Matic model. The 0-to-60 mph sprint is completed in a little under 6 seconds. We also hear the powerplant is more efficient this time around, but we’ll have to wait for EPA estimates to tell you just how efficient. For now, the current C-Class makes 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Top speed will be rated at a matching 130 mph for the 2019 C300 model.

Meanwhile, look for a few extra electric-only miles on the hybrid model (the current EV-mode range for the C350e is 10 miles).

The C-Class will also continue with the Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) platform that was first introduced with the fourth-generation model. Compared to the old platform, MRA uses more aluminum and high-strength steel to cut out weight, reducing it down by 220 pounds compared to the third-gen model’s architecture.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Specifications

Engine Type 2.0L Turbo I4
Engine Material Aluminum-Alloy
Valvetrain / Arrangement DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder
Displacement (cc) 1,991
Bore (in / mm) 3.27 / 83.0
Stroke (in / mm) 3.62 / 92.0
Compression Ratio 9.8 : 1
Horsepower @ rpm 255 @ 5,500
Torque @ rpm 273 @ 1,300 – 4,000
Transmission Type 9G-TRONIC PLUS
0-60 mph (sec) 5.8
Top Speed (mph) 130 (electronically limited)

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Pricing


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Official pricing info for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz is not yet available, but we don’t expect a significant price difference this time around compared to last year’s model. For reference, the 2018 C300 starts at $40,250, the AWD C300 4Matic starts at $42,250, and the hybrid C350e Plug-in starts at $47,900.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Competition

BMW 3 Series


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No doubt about it, the Mercedes C-Class’ greatest rivals come from its native Germany. Chief among them is the 3 Series, Bimmer’s iconic luxury sedan lineup. Like the C-Class, buyers can get into a variety of trim levels and body styles, including a hybrid. Aesthetically speaking, we like how the 3 Series looks, with its short front overhang, sporty stance, and refined details. The interior isn’t too bad either, with loads of horizontal cues and technology offered across the board. The base model is equipped with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder making 180 horsepower, while further up the line, you can also get a 250-horse ’four and a 320-horse six-cylinder engine. Pricing starts at a very reasonable $34,900.

Read our full review on the 2016 BMW 3 Series.

Acura TLX


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While the vast majority of C-Class buyers naturally gravitate towards the German marques, Acura has a mighty tempting offer with the TLX. The most recent 2018 model year just got a pretty decent refresh, which includes a newly reshaped front end that does away with old model’s beak-like protrusion in lieu of something far more stylish. The interior is also quite a nice place to be, with soft-touch materials where they should be and wood trim across the dash. Making the power is a choice between a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V-6, with 206 horsepower made by the former and 290 horsepower made by the latter. You can also get yours in the sporty A-Spec trim, if desired. Finally, the TLX is also significantly cheaper than the Merc, starting at just $33,000, which leaves plenty of financial wiggle room to hit the options list hard.

Read our full review on the 2018 Acura TLX.

Conclusion


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“When it comes to high-profile compact luxury sedans, the C-Class is pretty much the benchmark.”

When it comes to high-profile compact luxury sedans, the C-Class is pretty much the benchmark. This is the model that consistently brings the heat in terms of technology, opulence, and overall curb appeal, and while models like the Acura TLX might be the smarter buy in the long run, they just can’t quite touch the Merc in terms of desirability.

This seems to hold true for the 2019 model year. While we have yet to get the full spec sheet, we like what we see thus far. The changes and updates are rather minor overall, but perfectly in line with what we’d expect – slightly tweaked aesthetics, extra tech, and a little more juice under the hood. All good stuff, if you ask us.

And that’s exactly how Merc stays at the top in this segment. Once it finds a formula that works, it doesn’t deviate much, and for some buyers, that’s exactly what they want. In either case, the new C-Class delivers.

  • Leave it
    • * Less expensive options on the table
    • * Might make sense to wait for the all-new fifth-gen instead

References

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Updates

Update 7/6/2017: The facelifted Mercedes C-Class has found its way onto public roads again, this time wearing a near-production pair of fascias and a new grille. Check out the spy shots section below to learn all about it.

Update 02/27/2017: Another prototype of the 2018 Mercedes C-Class has been spotted doing more real world testing. It hasn’t been equipped with production-ready fascias yet, but it does have the official production exterior lights, so it’s getting closer to being ready for production. Check out our special section below to learn more about what we see in this round of shots.

Spy Shots Round Three 7/6/2017


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The Facelifted C-Class is getting closer to production, and our paparazzi just caught it out giving the public streets the business with some new developments. First off, we can finally make out the shape of the vents in the corners of the front fascia. They are void of mesh at this time and still have camo around them, so they may change a bit, but we can at least get a general idea of size. In the center of the fascia, Mercedes is trying to play a little game with us. The previous mules had a wide mouth air dam, but the dam on this prototype is much smaller, being no wider that the front plate. While this will surely change when the camo comes off, that air dam should be smaller than what we’ve seen thus far. If you look closely, you can see a small indent on either side, exposing that there are about 3.5 inches of air dam covered up on each side. It should get aerodynamically sound styling around the edges to account or smooth air flow.

The headlights on this mule are the same as those on the other two prototypes we’ve seen, but this will undoubtedly get a new layout by the time Mercedes fires up the production line. Expect to see a new LED strip layout to go with redesigned LED headlights. Finally, the big news here is the new grille. The last mule had an old grille with the horizontal slats that were divided right in the middle. This grille, on the other hand, seems to have a slightly thicker surround and features a bunch of small holes – similar to what you see on GMC SUVs since the early 2000s.

The other big thing that we can spot from this round of spy shots is that there is some camo attached to the rear, which means it’s rocking the production rear fascia. As usual, not much will change, but if you look closely, you can see a small lip on each corner that should add more character, and the exhaust outlets are now slanted with the innermost points sitting higher than before. You can also expect to see new taillight units. The ones on this mule are actually predominantly clear, so this could be the style that Merc is going with for the facelift, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Spy Shots Round 2


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So, last time we were here, the C-Class was sporting an old grille, old headlight units, and a janky prototype bumper that left more to the imagination that it did hint at future design. However, with this new round, the C-Class is sporting a new grille that is predominantly chrome with three horizontal slats that are intersected by one right in the middle. It’s void of a Mercedes emblem, but that has been replaced with a unit mounted to the hood. The new grill also makes way for a new headlight shape that doesn’t have that concave inner edge and looks more at home with the front end. As far as the layout of the lens, there’s now two vertical LED units in the outer corners and one projector base toward the center. The LED running lights have been moved from the bottom of the lens to the top edge, where they follow the contour of the top and inner edge before terminating at the lower, inner corner. It’s certainly a fresh look. Unfortunately, the front fascia still hides the final changes that we’re waiting on, but there’s more to talk about around back.


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The rear fascia, decklid, and even the rear trim still remain the same compared to the last prototype we laid eyes on, but the taillights are new, and that’s a big deal. They still keep the same angled-square shape with two sharp corners, but the layout of the lens itself is all new. There is some black tinting to prevent us from seeing the full layout, but as you can see the matrix is more defined than ever, with bright, sharp angles everywhere, darker portions of the matrix can be found in the center and just above the reverse lights. Those reverse lights are now split into three different display areas that will likely be brighter than ever. Truth be told, the lights are a little more futuristic and more on point with what you would expect from a luxury model in this day and age.

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AMG began meddling with the C-Class in 1995 — one year after the C-Class debuted — when it released the C36 AMG and its 268-horsepower V-6. The 1998 model year brought about the release of the C43 AMG, which featured a larger V-8 engine rated at 302 ponies. AMG then followed that up with the 349-horsepower C32 AMG in 2002, and then with the 362-horsepower C55 AMG in 2005. Finally, in 2008, the C63 AMG sent the sedan into 450-horsepower territory with a huge 6.2-liter V-8 tweaked to generate 451 horses. With the standard 2015 C-Class having arrived in dealerships in early 2014, Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a brand-new iteration of the AMG-prepped C63.This time around dubbed Mercedes-AMG C63, with the Germans dropping the Benz moniker from the official name, the new-generation vehicle marks the beginning of a new era for the sedan.

Much like its predecessor did in 2008, the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 gets a brand-new engine in the form of a biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8. The unit is identical with the one previously launched in the AMG GT sports car and comes not with just more horsepower, but with improved fuel efficiency as well. Read on for the full details surrounding AMG’s new high-performance compact.

Update 5/26/2017:The Mercedes C-Class is up for a mid-cycle update, and now we’re finally getting the first look at the facelifted version of the C63. The spy shots still show some camo, but give us an idea of what to expect later this year when the updated C-Class makes its debut. Check out the spy shots section below to hear about what we know so far.

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PostHeaderIcon What’s The Best Sporty Luxury Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

At its most basic, a sport sedan should be a happy balance between two competing philosophies. The “sport” half of the equation should make it engaging, both in the way it drives, and the way it looks. A sport sedan should issue a dose of adrenaline when the hammer is down, and be a willing dance partner in the corners. It’s also gotta draw attention, turning heads as it goes, making its owner pause momentarily after exiting and locking the doors. Then there’s the “sedan” bit. A sport sedan isn’t supposed to be stripped down and basic – practicality and comfort are paramount. Often used as a daily driver, backside coddling should be there in abundance, complementing the car’s speed potential, rather than taking away from it. All told, it’s a big ask, but this segment has plenty of contenders vying for the title of best. In this comparison, we look at six of the top entries and sort them out, from first to last.

Listed in alphabetical order, this comparison will take a look at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We’ve evaluated each in terms of exterior aesthetics, interior comfort and technology, powertrain and drivetrain specs, and chassis and handling. We’ve also included a glut of info in chart and graph form to help you make a quick comparison. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best sporty luxury sedan you can get for less than $50,000.

Continue reading for the full comparison.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé and Cabriolet Night Edition

Fifty years may not seem like a long time in the auto industry when you take into account that a lot of automakers that are still alive today have been around for close to or over 100 years. But five decades is a long time for a performance division that traces its roots to being a developer of racing engines. Humble beginnings, in a nutshell, is the story of AMG, Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance division that’s blowing 50 candles this year. As part of its celebration, Mercedes-AMG is bringing with it three special edition vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, one of which is the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Night Edition.

The entry-level Mercedes-AMG line of the C-Class family may be new to the auto scene, having only made its debut at last year’s staging of the Geneva Motor Show, but it’s more than proven to be up-to-the-task as an appetizer of sorts to the AMG C 63. That quick ascent in popularity is one of the reasons why Mercedes picked the AMG C 43 as one of the three special edition models it’s bringing with it to Geneva, and for what it’s worth, it picked a pretty sweet car to get the SE treatment.

The model’s SE status is largely tied into the array of exclusive features it received that no other AMG C 43 model has. Even better, Mercedes-AMG is offering the Night Edition on both coupe and cabriolet versions of the car, ensuring that fans of either model can get their fill in the event they choose to get one.

Orders for the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Night Edition will begin before the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors with deliveries scheduled to start sometime in June 2017. Mercedes-AMG didn’t mention how many units of the Night Edition it plans to release, but considering its special edition status, don’t expect to see many of them in dealerships. Most of them might not even make it there because they’re already spoken for.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé and Cabriolet Night Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition

Mercedes-AMG is celebrating 50 years since the performance brand from Affalterbach was founded by launching a lineup of limited-edition vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Among them is the AMG C63 Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition, which combines new equipment with special design features into an individual setup.

Designed for “a particularly design-oriented and fashion-conscious target group,” the Ocean Blue Edition is available globally, but it’s built in very limited numbers. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from an anniversary model, and the extra features that it brings to the table are far from mundane.

Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, explained, “2016 was the most successful year so far in our company history. We shall be using this momentum to fill even more customers with enthusiasm for Mercedes-AMG in our anniversary year, 2017. We shall be supported in this by our new Editions, which we are presenting at the Geneva Motor Show. So we can now offer our customers an even wider choice of individual performance models.”

The AMG C63 Ocean Blue Edition joins the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 and C43 Night edition models as part of the 50-year celebration.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

The third-generation C-Class came to be for the 2015 model year with an all-new modular platform that helped drop as much as 220 pounds over the previous generation. The current model is only a couple of years old at the time of this writing, but we’ve already seen facelifted versions of the sedan and wagon testing on public roads. Now, just a few weeks after seeing the four-door models, we’re getting to lay our eyes on the facelifted two-door coupe. On the docket of changes, you’ll find things like a revised radiator grille, new headlights and taillights, revised front and rear fascias, and some minor updates to the interior. Those update should include some new interior color options as well as a revised infotainment system and a revised instrument cluster. To put it simply, the facelifted, 2018 C-Class will bring enough refinement to make everything right for the third-gen model. It will also keep the compact car fresh until after the turn of the decade when Mercedes should be planning the next-generation model for 2021 or 2022.

While we are looking at a facelifted prototype here, don’t expect to see everything in one go. If you happen to remember what Mercedes did with the S-Class, you’ll know that Merc is using a one-part-at-a-time strategy as opposed to testing with all facelifted components at one time. This allows the brand to help keep some of the mystery while making sure that everything is kosher. As we move closer to the launch date, we should see all three models – sedan, wagon, and coupe – testing with all facelifted modifications, but until then, we’ll only see bits and pieces.

We should lay eyes on the next round of testers in the next few months, but for now, let’s dive on in and check out what’s going on with the C-Class Coupe.


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The Mercedes entered its third generation when it made its official debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show as a 2015 model. The most important aspect of the third-gen model is by far the new Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) platform that – by the use of aluminum and high-strength steel – let to a pretty serious weight decrease of 220 pounds over its predecessor. After just a couple of years on the market, Mercedes has been devising a facelift for its resident compact luxury car, and we’ve finally caught it in sedan and wagon form doing some real-world testing. The facelifted model is expected to bring a revised grille, new headlight and taillight units, revised fascias, and some minor updates to the interior that includes a refinement of the infotainment system controls, an S-Class inspired steering wheel, and a revision to the instrument cluster, among other little things.

Don’t get too excited to see everything the facelifted model will have to offer just yet, though. See, Mercedes is playing the same game it did with the S-Class and is testing parts individually instead of all at once. That means that most of the car is uncamouflaged because it’s still sporting the current design cues. We do have a couple of good interior shots, so we can see what’s going on inside, but as far as the outside goes, there isn’t much new quite yet.

The facelifted model is expected to make its debut late next year as a 2018 model, so there’s still plenty of time for Mercedes to swap out parts and change things up on us. With that said, let’s take a good look at the shots we have now and talk a little more about the facelifted C-Class.

Update 02/27/2017: Another prototype of the 2018 Mercedes C-Class has been spotted doing more real world testing. It hasn’t been equipped with production-ready fascias yet, but it does have the official production exterior lights, so it’s getting closer to being ready for production. Check out our special section below to learn more about what we see in this round of shots.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Plans To Release Four Electric Vehicles By 2020

Mercedes-Benz is speeding up its development of electric vehicles with a new goal to have four electric models hit the market by the end of 2020. According to Autocar, the German automaker is looking into developing two sedans and two SUVs that will comprise the first wave of EV models to bear the Silver Arrows badge. Each model will share basic elements with models that are already part of the Merc lineup but for the most part, the EV models will also have distinct design touches that will provide a noticeable differentiation from their conventionally powered counterparts.

The company’s decision to expedite the development of electric vehicles was made in part to jump aboard the German government’s new policy of offering sales subsidies on all EVs priced at less than €60,000, or $67,150 based on current exchange rates. The policy is part of a bigger €1.2 billion ($1.35 billion) incentive scheme that was created to attract would-be auto buyers to consider EVs for their next automotive purchases.

The move can also be seen as Mercedes’ attempt to keep up with the fast-rising EV market, something other automakers, especially Tesla, has taken full advantage of. Clearly, news of the Model 3’s incredible 370,000-plus pre-order total didn’t fall on deaf ears. The popularity of EVs have even hit close to home for Mercedes now that Audi has already made plans to begin the development of a production version of the e-tron quattro concept with an eye towards launching it in 2018.

While Mercedes is still in the embryonic stages in the production development of its EVs, the German automaker isn’t sitting idly by anymore as its competitors gear up for the same push. Investments have been made regarding electric vehicles, most notably a €500 million expansion of its existing battery production facilities in Germany.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes C450 AMG 4MATIC by Vath

For some people, station wagons aren’t the kind of cars that need aftermarket upgrades. While that may be true to some extent, German automakers like Audi and Mercedes have successfully shifted that way of thinking by introducing performance-oriented wagons like the RS3 Sportback and the C450 AMG 4MATIC. The latter, in particular, has been a revelation thanks in large part to its premium looks and the hefty amount of power and torque it has at its disposal.

The C450 AMG 4MATIC has been a pleasant surprise to the extent that Mercedes tuner extraordinaire Vath has taken an interest to the car. You don’t say that too often for wagons other than Audi’s RS3 Sportback, but given what Mercedes was able to do with the C450 AMG, it was really only a matter of time before a tuner like Vath would take a stab at it.

Now that “that time” has arrived, owners of the performance wagon now have the option of taking Vath up on its aftermarket program. The kit itself does very little to the exterior and interior of the C450 AMG, but Vath makes up for it in spades with a significant engine modification that really brings the life out of the wagon. Not that it needs to do that, but there is a significant difference between the standard model and a Vath-tuned version. The latter is faster and more powerful, two things rarely said to describe a wagon. But it’s all there and it’s all because Vath saw the potential in the C450 AMG.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C63 by B&B Automobiltechnik

The Mercedes-AMG C63 is one of those cars that attracts a lot of attention from a lot of different places, none more so than in the aftermarket world. Really, over the past few months, the AMG C63 has arguably received the most tuning programs of any recent model. Tuners like Vath and Brabus have released their own programs for the model, and in the case of the latter, it’s actually come out with two tuning kits for the popular Mercedes. Well, now you can add B&B Automobiltechnik to that list because the German tuner has just introduced its own kit for the hot rod Benz.

In some ways, having so many tuners build their own kits kind of makes it more difficult for the next one to be different. That’s always been one of the most common issues in the tuning industry, and if you look at B&B’s program relative to the other programs, it kind of feels like B&B could’ve done more to separate itself. See, there’s that feeling that when a bar is set, the only way to be better is to raise that bar yourself. I don’t necessarily know if B&B accomplished that, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t have an impressive program for the AMG C63 – It does. I mean, 600 horsepower is still 600 horsepower; it’s just that it could’ve been better given the circumstances.

Still, if you’re an owner of the AMG C63, count your blessings that there are tuners like B&B that have taken the time to offer you something more than what you’re getting out of your car. That’s exactly what you get with this kit.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C63 by B&B Automobiltechnik

The Mercedes-AMG C63 is one of those cars that attracts a lot of attention from a lot of different places, none more so than in the aftermarket world. Really, over the past few months, the AMG C63 has arguably received the most tuning programs of any recent model. Tuners like Vath and Brabus have released their own programs for the model, and in the case of the latter, it’s actually come out with two tuning kits for the popular Mercedes. Well, now you can add B&B Automobiltechnik to that list because the German tuner has just introduced its own kit for the hot rod Benz.

In some ways, having so many tuners build their own kits kind of makes it more difficult for the next one to be different. That’s always been one of the most common issues in the tuning industry, and if you look at B&B’s program relative to the other programs, it kind of feels like B&B could’ve done more to separate itself. See, there’s that feeling that when a bar is set, the only way to be better is to raise that bar yourself. I don’t necessarily know if B&B accomplished that, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t have an impressive program for the AMG C63 – It does. I mean, 600 horsepower is still 600 horsepower; it’s just that it could’ve been better given the circumstances.

Still, if you’re an owner of the AMG C63, count your blessings that there are tuners like B&B that have taken the time to offer you something more than what you’re getting out of your car. That’s exactly what you get with this kit.

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PostHeaderIcon Julie Lewis-Dreyfus Introduces The Mercedes AA-Class On Saturday Night Live

In what has become a very competitive race to stay ahead of the electric vehicle game, Mercedes-Benz may have just trumped everybody else with the release of its newest model, the Mercedes AA Class. The luxury electric sedan is the first vehicle in the business to do away with the “traditional” electric powertrain setup in favor of using actual AA batteries.

The AA Class is based on the C-Class and is actually…okay, before somebody starts to hyperventilate, I’m going to clarify that the AA Class isn’t an actual Mercedes. It’s not even an actual “thing.” What it is though is the subject of one of Saturday Night Live’s newest parodies starring none other than Emmy-award winning star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Apparently the AA Class, if it really is an actual thing, could be the game-changing model that turns the EV business upside down. Really, it could! Consider this: it doesn’t have the traditional EV powertrain. Instead, it makes use of 9,648 AA Duracell batteries, allowing it to have zero noise, zero emissions, and zero charging time. Take all that into consideration and the car still packs a Bose audio system, a GPS navigation system that can tell you when the batteries are running dry, and enough trunk space to store those dead AA batteries. If that’s not enough, Mercedes also devised an ingenious way to dispose of the dead batteries as the Seinfeld alum expertly demonstrates in the video.

Unfortunately, there are a few caveats that come with the Mercedes AA Class. First, it can only reach a top speed of 52 mph, which is understandable considering the powertrain it’s using. Second and more importantly, it’s not a real car, even though Louis-Dreyfus does such an amazing job promoting it you’d think that it actually is a real thing.

Well played, Saturday Night Live. Well played indeed.


PostHeaderIcon 2016 New York International Auto Show – Best In Show

I’ll just come out and say it – being the follow-up act to the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show is not an enviable position (check out some of our coverage here to see what I’m talking about). Nevertheless, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) pulled it off, providing us with plenty of fresh metal worthy of our collective attention and desire. From muscle-bound track monsters, to European refinement, to Japanese tech, there really was a little bit of everything in the Big Apple this year. But the question is this – which models stood out as the best of the bunch?

The criteria for clinching a spot on this list is loose, but I’ll try to distill it down for you. A Best In Show winner has to stir emotion. It has to excel, both as a piece of design and a technical showcase. Significance in a historical context is a big plus. And of course, there’s the speed – big power, crazy specs, prowess in the twisties… you know, the good stuff.

The following five cars have all that and more, and if you love fast machinery, odds are you’ll find something to love in this list.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate "Rottweiler" by Piecha

It doesn’t take someone of high intellect to understand that wagons aren’t as sexy as sports cars. That’s never been the case and that’ll never be the case unless automakers completely reinvent the way we look at these cars. But, just because they don’t look sporty in the traditional sense, that doesn’t mean they can’t perform like a sports car. Take the case of the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate. On the surface, you won’t mistake it for its two-door brother. But, pop open the hood, and it becomes a different story.

Now take that story and add another chapter to it in the form of Piecha Design. The German tuner knows Mercedes models like the back of its hand and that disposition has led it to create some of the fiercest programs for Affalterbach’s finest. This time, it’s set its sights on the aforementioned AMG C63 S Estate, the kind of car that runs like a sports car, despite its grocery-getter body.

The kit, appropriately dubbed the “Rottweiler,” is comprehensive. It’s got an aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels, and most importantly, an engine upgrade that gives it enough power to shame some of the industry’s finest sports cars. That’s saying a lot for an estate, but the proof is in the pudding. Go check it out and see how angry this Piecha-tuned AMG C63 S Estate can be.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate by Piecha Design.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet

Mercedes is debuting a ton of AMG products in New York this year, including the GLC43, E43, and CLA45. The latest addition to the roster is the new C63 Cabriolet, which follows hot on the heels of the C-Class Cabriolet and C43 Cabriolet that dropped in Geneva earlier this month. The C63 Cab adds the usual high-performance AMG’d bits and pieces, like an aggressive exterior package and an upgraded interior. The biggest news, however, is what’s making the go, as this range-topper replaces the C43’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with a twin-turbo V-8.

Buyers can choose between two levels of C63 Cab – the standard version, or the even-crazier C63 S. Both are fire-breathing tire-shredders with a zeal for velocity, very much in line with the established AMG go-faster philosophy. But does the open-top design dilute the formula?

Updated 03/23/2016: The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 was officially revealed in New York! Read on for all the details.

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