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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Preview, Pricing, Release Date & Photos

, Automotive Editor - February 22, 2018

Model Preview

For 2018, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class received a few minor updates, like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a new transmission, but not much else. For 2019, Mercedes will make up for this lack of change with a refresh that includes an updated look, more power, and additional technology.

In terms of its outward appearance, the overall shape of the C-Class will remain mostly the same, but there will be some significant updates to its smaller details. The changes will begin up front where Mercedes will add a new-look bumper with chrome-plated trim and a new diamond grille on the AMG-Line model. Around back, the bumper will gain an updated lower section. Buyers may also notice the new Mojave Silver Metallic and Emerald Green Metallic exterior colors and the new 17-inch five-spoke standard wheels.

Inside, there will be a few updates as well, the most notable being the new fully digital display similar to the new S-Class. This 12.3-inch screen will have three distinct settings: "Classic," "Sport," and "Progressive." Buyers will also be treated to new Natural Grain Walnut Wood or Natural Grain Grey Oak Wood, and three new color combos: Magma Grey and black, Saddle Brown, and Silk Beige and black.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C300

Under its hood, the 2019 C-Class will gain an updated base engine, as this 2.0-liter four-cylinder sees its power increase by 14 horsepower to 255 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. We expect the rest of the powertrains to remain the same, so look for 275 hp from the C350e, 362 hp from the AMG C43, 469 hp from the AMG C63, and 503 hp from the AMG C63 S.

The current C-Class failed to achieve Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS due to its “Poor” headlight test. Sadly, this won’t change in 2019, so look for the same rating. There will, however, be some new driver-assistance features like an improved radar and camera system for better semi-autonomous driving, and new active lane-change assist and automatic emergency braking as parts of the lane-keep assist system. Standard braking assist will also be new in 2019.

Pricing & Release Date

While there is no official release date for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the automaker does expect to have it in showrooms in late 2018.

Pricing is also unknown, but we don’t expect a big shift from the current model’s price range of $41,245 to $82,495 (destination fees included).

The 2019 C-Class will compete with the same cast of characters as usual: the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, and Acura TLX.

Learn about the current C-Class on sale now »

Photos

Pictured: 2019 C300

2019 Mercedes-Benz C300

2019 Mercedes-Benz C300

2019 Mercedes-Benz C300

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