Released in 2014, the current C-Class is not exactly what we would call old. The car still offers plenty of bang for the buck and it still is one of the better built cars in its class. However, competition evolves quickly so Mercedes is already preparing an update for the model. Even though they haven’t released an official statement so far, the upcoming 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has already been spied testing. The best part about the prototype was the fact it was completely uncovered. It seems that beyond the exterior and interior upgrades, the car will also receive quite a few improvements under the hood. The new model is expected to be released by the end of 2017 or in the early 2018. Its price should stay roughly the same as before. This means that in Europe a base model will start at just over €31,000 while in the US the car will start north of $40,000.
The rather large price difference is there because the two markets get completely different trim levels. Being based on the MRA, or Modular rear-wheel drive Architecture, it means that most of the running gear of the C-Class will remain the same as before. The same thing can not be said about its engines though. The W205 comes with mostly the same engines previously available on the W204 with only minor tweaks. Because of that cars like the new BMW 3 Series or even the Audi A4 tend to outrun the Mercedes in most tests. In order to change that the new C-Class might receive a new set of engines. These will eventually be seen in all Mercedes applications.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2019 – Under the hood
Not that long ago Mercedes said that their S-Class will come with the new generation engines. It is safe to assume that the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which will be released later, will also receive the improved powertrains. Mercedes will release a new set of 3, 4 and 6 cylinder engines which are going to be capable of delivering in excess of 130 horsepower per liter of displacement. This means that we may see 2 liter engines with in excess of 260 horsepower and 3 cylinder engines with north of 180 horsepower.
This would allow Mercedes to challenge Audi and their brand new gas engines. The new 3 liter inline 6 petrol engine on the other hand might not be offered on the C-Class. The car is still quite small and it might not be able to fit the longer engine. Despite that, we should see all the improvements that will be used on this engine. The started and the alternator should be replaced by a new starter-generator unit which will save fuel and space. On top of that, we may see an electric supercharger fitted to the C-Class. We do know this type of technology is coming to the S-Class and we may see it in the C-Class quite soon. The 6 speed manual should still be available in Europe while the 9 speed automatic will likely carry on unchanged.
Exterior design of new C-Class
Even though it doesn’t look particularly sporty, people never complained about the way the C-Class looked. It seems that Mercedes noticed that so the updated model will be mostly identical to the ongoing model. So far the prototype of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was very similar to what is currently available. The only changes seem to be in the front. There the car definitely boasts new headlights as well as a new bumper. This seems to have a much larger air intake, new designs for the fog-lamps housings as well as a slightly more aggressive look. The rear of the car only seems to get new tail lights and that’s about it. Closer to its release it may also receive new wheels and slightly more color options.
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior
Here the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will likely continue to trump its competitors in terms of quality and features. Over the older model, the new one will get the same controls for the infotainment system as the new S-Class. On top of that it seems that Mercedes gave the C-Class a brand new steering wheel which is similar to that in their super-car. The instrument cluster has also been revised and to everyone’s liking it has not been completely replaced by an LCD screen.