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Geneva LIVE: 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

by Drew Johnson

The new C-Class borrows some advanced tech from the larger E-Class.

Mercedes-Benz has lifted the veil on its updated 2019 C-Class at the Geneva Auto Show.

The current C-Class has been a wild success for Mercedes — with over 415,000 worldwide sales over the last four years — so the automaker is taking a "don't mess with a good thing" approach to the redesigned 2019 model. Exterior styling changes are limited to standard LED head- and taillights, redesigned bumpers and a new-look grille for AMG-Line models. Mercedes is also adding two new exterior colors — Mojave Silver Metallic and Emerald Green Metallic — and a new 17-inch wheel design as standard.

The overall interior design of the C-Class hasn't changed much for 2019, but Mercedes has made a few key changes for the new model year. The most notable change is the availability of the same kind of digital gauge cluster used in Mercedes' E- and S-Class vehicles. The 12.3-inch screen is customizable and can display things like navigation. Lower-spec C-Class models are equipped with a traditional gauge cluster. The C-Class' central infotainment display screen has also been updated with a newly available 10.25-inch unit; a seven-inch screen remains standard.

Mercedes' COMAND infotainment controller, which is located in the center console, has been updated to include haptic feedback. Voice control functions have also been expanded and can now control vehicle functions like heated seats.

Although not as noteworthy, 2019 C-Class buyers will also benefit from steering wheel-mounted cruise controls buttons (previously on a separate stalk), standard KEYLESS START, a redesigned start/stop button and newly available wood grain trim options.

On the tech front, the 2019 C-Class adopts the latest semi-autonomous features from the larger E-Class. Those include advanced systems such as adaptive cruise control with GPS capabilities, which can automatically slow the vehicle if it detects an upcoming curve in the road, and an active lane change assist system. An optional COMAND Online system further bolsters the C-Class' tech credentials with a Car-to-X communication system that can display anything from warnings to available parking spots.

Under hood the C-Class has been updated with a new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that develops 255 horsepower, up from 241. Torque is unchanged at 273 lb-ft. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Mercedes-Benz says the redesigned 2019 C-Class will arrive in U.S. show rooms by late 2018.

Live photography by Ronan Glon.