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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class update announced for Australia, C 300 replaces C 250

Some updates for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class range have been announced for Australia, with new engine tunes and new options coming in to give the popular mid-sizer a more competitive edge.

Perhaps the highlight to the new range is the introduction of the C 300 which replaces the C 250. It features a higher-output version of the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine from the 250, only now it develops 180kW and 370Nm. This is up 25kW and 20Nm compared with the C 250, and helps to compete with the likes of the 180kW BMW 330i.

For the diesel fans, the C 200 d is being superseded by a C 220 d. It comes with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, replacing the 1.6. Outputs are up to 125kW and 400Nm, well up on the outgoing 110kW and 320Nm. Performance figures for both new variants haven’t been provided.

Also new for the 2017 update is the Exclusive Line package which is a no-cost option on all variants except the C 350 e. Mercedes says it is introducing this pack as it has been well received on the E-Class. It brings in 18-inch alloy wheels, Exclusive ARTICO trim or leather, Agility Control suspension, open pore wood or silver chrome trimmings, a Mercedes star on the bonnet, and an AIRPANEL front grille.

The C-Class has enjoyed impressive sales in Australia since the latest shape went on sale. So far this year (through May), the C-Class has racked up 3449 sales. This makes it easily the best-seller of the class, with the runner-up CLA-Class posting 1435 sales.

Deliveries of the updated range are scheduled to commence on July 1, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs).

Mercedes-Benz C 200 Sedan – $61,900
Mercedes-Benz C 220 d Sedan – $63,400
Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan – $69,900
Mercedes-Benz C 250 d Sedan – $71,400
Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Sedan – $75,900
Mercedes-AMG C 43 Sedan – $102,611
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan – $157,211
Mercedes-Benz C 200 Estate – $64,400
Mercedes-Benz C 220 d Estate – $65,900
Mercedes-Benz C 300 Estate – $72,400
Mercedes-Benz C 250 d Estate – $73,900
Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Estate – $78,400
Mercedesd-AMG C 43 Estate – $105,112
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate – $159,711

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He’s obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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