New lights at the front and rear are the biggest changes to the exterior.

The refreshed Mercedes-Benz C-Class arrives in showrooms next year, and new spy shots provide a preview of what to expect from the German brand’s popular model. The company appears to put a bigger emphasis on overhauling the cabin than tweaking the exterior.

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These shots show two of them testing. The white example on the road still has light camouflage, but the silver sedan has concealment only around the lights while sitting behind a chain link fence.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Refresh Spy Photos

Mercedes keeps the body’s refresh understated. There’s a revised front fascia and updated headlights. The new lamps are the only major change at the rear of the standard C-Class.

Spy photos have already revealed similar upgrades for the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C43. In addition to the tweaks from the standard model, it likely gets the company’s Panamericana grille with vertical slats and a new rear fascia.

Inside, Mercedes has a new infotainment system for the C-Class. It features a small touchpad on the center console that replaces the current control knob. Buttons on top of it allow the user to go back or access the home screen.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Spy Shots

Powertrain changes for the C-Class are possible but not a certainty. Mercedes’ new inline six and four-cylinder might be available in some trims of the refreshed model. The range-topping C63 would stick with the 4.0-liter biturbo V8. The upcoming C63 R injects even more performance into the lineup by giving the model a more aggressive body and reportedly a boost in output. 

While sales of the refreshed C-Class won’t begin until 2018, the debut will potentially happen this year. The premiere of variants like the wagon will come later, though.

Source: Automedia

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Refresh Spy Photos