It's only an early test mule, but even so it's already rocking a new steering wheel and a few other changes.
Mercedes has been testing the facelifted C-Class for several months, but it’s only now our spy photographers have managed to take a few shots of the lightly updated interior cabin. The most important change is the implementation of a new three-spoke steering wheel, while the central display between the instrument cluster dials appears to be a tad wider than before.
The center console has also been subjected to a few modifications as the framing for the infotainment system’s screen is now all black and it seems the analog clock has been removed. Mercedes has also reconfigured the touchpad as it’s now sitting right below the COMAND’s rotary knob to enable a cleaner appearance.
As far as the exterior is concerned, there’s not much to talk about at this point since the prototypes had camouflage only on the front bumper. Later during the testing phase, Mercedes will come out with evolved cars featuring more of the production bits, just like it’s been doing with the facelifted S-Class that originally appeared looking a lot like the current car before beginning to get more of the new body parts.
Lightly modified front and rear bumpers along with updated graphics for the headlights and taillights are likely on the agenda for the C-Class’ mid-cycle refresh, along with new alloy wheel designs and possibly additional body colors to spice things up.
Underneath the hood, the C-Class will likely be blessed with Mercedes’ new generation of modular engines, including inline-six units bound to make their debut next year in the facelifted S-Class where the motors are going to replace the existing V6s. A range-topping Black Series version is still being considered by Mercedes-AMG, and if approved it will likely be available for the coupe body style, much like the previous C63 Black Series.
Expect to see the mildly updated C-Class Sedan either in the latter part of next year or the beginning of 2018, with the other body styles due to arrive shortly thereafter.