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Published on July 30th, 2012 | by James Allen

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Updates issued for Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Believe it or not, but the current Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been on sale since 2007! However, don’t be put off by its age, as the ever-popular Benz is still one of the top cars in the compact luxury/executive market, and the new updates have made it an even more alluring package.

As part of this raft of improvements, old trim levels have been ditched and have been replaced with all-new ones. The entry-level SE has now been renamed ‘Executive SE’, and comes with extra features such as a sports grill, 16-inch alloy wheels and daytime running lights.

Not bad, given this improved range-starting model is only £35 more expensive than the previous SE equipped cars, with the new RRP for the cheapest C-Class model (the C180 BlueEFFICIENCY, if you’re wondering) being £25,915.

If you’re not too keen on the ‘dull’ and ‘basic’ version of the C-Class, then there are always the new AMG kits to whet your appetite: ‘AMG Sport’ and ‘AMG Sport Plus’. Though both are purely cosmetic (so, sadly, no raucous V8s here), the former brings with it 17-inch AMG alloys and halogen running lights for over 900 quid less than the previous ‘Sport’ trim.

And Sport Plus? Well, for the extra grand you’ll have to fork out, the C-Class will come equipped with bi-xenons, 18inch wheels and AMG sports seats. And, if all this is for the coupe, you’ll also have the option of adding a £530 Handling Pack, which, according to M-B, improves the responses of the steering, throttle and engine.

Speaking of which, the biggest and most notable change is the addition of a new engine. It’s an all-new 1.6 turbocharged four pot petrol that’ll be fitted to the C180, and is a wee bit more efficient than the engine it replaces. Though the 152hp output is less than the 156 horses the previous motor had, fuel economy has risen from 42mpg to 47mpg, and emissions have been noticeably reduced from 162g/km to 138g/km (all figures are for the saloon version).

The 3.5 petrol V6, though, has been dropped from the saloon and estate range, with the coupe being the only variant left with it in the official spec sheets.

But don’t go thinking this has all been just a few improvements here and there to the bodywork and under the bonnet, as there are also a few new bits ‘n bobs for the interior across the range. Amongst many more (mostly minor) things, all cars will now come with redesigned stalks for the indicators and cruise control, new ‘easier to read’ graphics for the telematics screen and a new eCall feature that uses GPS to inform call centres of the car’s location during an emergency.

Though these changes are designated for the 2013 model year cars, you can actually order and buy one of these improved C-Class variants now from your local Benz dealership. Prices for the saloon range starts off at £25,915, with that figure rising to £27,115 for the estate and £30,090 for the coupe.

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