2018 model-year Mercedes-Benz C-Class unmasked

Mercedes has revealed the first details of its 2018 C-Class upper medium model ahead of UK specifications being announced next month, with the first deliveries commencing in August.

The facelift focuses on adding more technology to the vehicle – according to Mercedes, it offers a higher standard of active safety than the outgoing model, owing to the ability for it to be able to drive semi-autonomously.

Mercedes claims the car can scan up to 500 metres in front it, 40 metres to the sides and 80 metres behind it while the vehicle is also fitted with an active braking system as standard, which can mitigate or avoid collisions.

Externally, AMG Line models features a diamond radiator grille as standard, while the front bumper features either a silver trim strip or chrome-plated strips, depending on the car’s specification.

As standard, the C-Class comes with halogen headlamps incorporating LED daytime running lights as standard, while the optionally available Multibeam LED lights are claimed to offer the maximum light intensity permitted by law, allowing the driver to see more than 650 metres ahead.

The car’s multimedia system, meanwhile, which has been upgraded to feature two USB ports, an SD card reader, Bluetooth and a media interface. Optional extras to bolt onto the media system include the firm’s Command Online navigation system, a Vauxhall Onstar-like concierge service and a wireless mobile phone charging system.

The new C-Class will have a lot to live up to. According to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, in 2017 the C-Class was ninth most registered car of the year, with 45,912 units finding new homes. It was the only upper medium model to reach the top 10, beating rivals such as the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and Jaguar XE.