The C400d EQ Power is expected to do 31 miles on electric juice.
The latest information on the new Mercedes C-Class has been revealed – including the launch, which will take place at the Geneva motor show in March, where the saloon and estate models will be introduced to the public for the first time. If you’re more interested in seeing the coupe and cabrio versions of the car, the two-door models will take a bow in April at the New York Auto Show.
It is understood that the C350e will be retired to make way for a new C400 EQ Power plug-in hybrid with an upgraded electric motor delivering an additional 41bhp along with a reworked charging system providing quicker charging capabilities. What’s truly interesting is that the petrol model will be joined by a diesel-electric hybrid, named 'C400d EQ Power' and set to offer just about the same zero-emissions range as its petrol counterpart: up to 31 miles.
Elsewhere, some significant updates are in store for the conventionally powered C-Class models. Newly developed 2-liter turbocharged petrol and diesel engines are on the way and set to provide more performance and efficiency.
On the petrol side, the M 264 pumps out 188bhp in the C200 EQ Boost, or 7bhp more when compared with the M 274 unit. The reason why it’s getting the 'EQ Boost' branding has to do with the implementation of a mild hybrid setup using a 48V electric architecture, belt-driven alternator, and temporary 17bhp power boost.
The M 264 will also power the C300, but without the hybrid assist. Instead, Mercedes engineers will increase the turbo boost pressure to squeeze out an extra 13bhp over the existing C300, so expect somewhere in the region of 255bhp.
As for the sporty C43 shown above as a coupe prototype undergoing testing, it will soldier on with the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 mill, but a minor power hike is being planned over the existing 362 hp. The range-topping C63 with its 4-litre V8 will boast new twin-scroll turbochargers.
On the diesel side, the OM 654 will be rated at 148bhp (up by 13) in the C200d, 192bhp (up by 24) in the C220d, and 241bhp (up by 40) in the 300d.
Depending on engine selection, the C-Class facelift will come with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a nine-speed automatic (with torque converter) replacing the outgoing seven-speed unit. Needless to say, some of the models are going to be offered with all-wheel drive and it is believed the aforementioned C200 EQ Boost will be available with 4Matic.
In terms of design, the exterior will go through subtle changes, bringing slightly reworked bumpers and modified graphics for the LED tail lights. The top-of-the-range headlights will be blessed with multibeam tech inherited from the E-Class and S-Class.
Inside, the Comand infotainment system will be brought up to date and will feature a 10.25-inch central display as seen in the GLC F-Cell pictured above. A fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster is on the agenda, as is a new multifunction touchpad with handwriting recognition.
With the C-Class debuting at the beginning of March, perhaps we can expect Mercedes to release the first images as early as February.