Mercedes Launching Updated C-Class To Fight All-New BMW 3 Series

As well as the facelifted Audi A4.

The BMW 3 Series has long been considered the segment benchmark despite formidable foes in the shape of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. But there’s one thing the 3 Series hasn’t quite fully matched from its two rivals: interior quality. That will change when BMW unveils the all-new 3 Series sometime in 2018, possibly this March at Geneva. To prepare for the storm, Mercedes is also preparing a refreshed C-Class which, according to Autocar, will debut in Geneva.

Only the sedan will be shown at the Swiss show, followed by the coupe and cabriolet at New York in April. So, what changes can we expect? Under the hood there’ll be a next-generation turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with improved performance and lower emissions. Also expect new hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. For performance enthusiasts, the AMG C63 will receive an updated version of the current 4.0-liter V8, only this time it’ll have twin-scroll turbochargers. Both a six-speed manual and a new-speed automatic transmission, replacing the seven-speed slushbox, will be offered. As for the exterior, the headlights will be tweaked and new Multibeam LED units, the same as those in the E- and S-Class, will be offered.

The taillights also sport a new LED design pattern. The interior, however, will be receiving even more attention with a new high-definition digital instrument screen, redesigned steering wheel with touch-control pads, and a larger infotainment display. The Comand infotainment system, Mercedes’ competitor to BMW’s iDrive, also receives a number of updates. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and wireless charging are also present. Question is, will all of these improvements be good enough to battle a new 3 Series and also updated A4? The answers are coming fairly soon.

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