2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class First Look

Moving Us Ever Closer to the Robot-Car Future

The upcoming 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is receiving some long-overdue updates, both inside and out. It's the first time the current-generation C-Class, which debuted for the 2015 model year, receives significant changes.

The visual differences are pretty subtle, but the 2019 C-Class' front and rear bumper designs have been massaged a bit. They are accompanied by mild visual tweaks to the headlights and taillights that now use LEDs as standard equipment. The wheels have a new design, too.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The hardware changes are a little more significant. For C300 models, there's a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That's 14 more horsepower than the current 2018 model's 2.0-liter engine. Mercedes says it's more fuel-efficient, though EPA-estimated fuel economy has yet to be released. The AMG C43 also receives a power boost. Its turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 now makes 385 hp, a rise of 23 hp. All-wheel drive (Mercedes' 4Matic) is optional for the C300 and standard for the C43. A nine-speed automatic transmission is used on both, though the C43 gets performance-tuned versions of the all-wheel-drive system and transmission. 

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Inside the 2019 C-Class are new touch-sensitive steering wheel controls that, like a smartphone, respond to swiping motions. You can use them to interface with the infotainment system and a newly available, fully digital 12.3-inch gauge cluster. The cluster has different layout themes to suit various driving scenarios, and it can even display the navigation map if you choose. The optional COMAND infotainment system gets a larger 10.3-inch display and is operated by the familiar touchpad controller that has added haptic feedback. Enhanced voice controls can now operate the seat heaters, and the head-up display benefits from an expanded adjustment range.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Lastly, for those who care to know about the smallest of detail changes, Mercedes-Benz says it has redesigned both the key fob and the push-button ignition button. We've yet to see images and so we'll have that to look forward to at its official debut at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in late 2018.