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For the diesel fans, the C 200 d is being superseded by a C 220 d. It comes with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, replacing the 1.6.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.
This means that the base Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet will rely on a 2L 4-cylinder engine which can generate about 181hp. Prices are not announced yet but we can expect the E-Class Cabriolet to retail around the £55,000 mark when released.
Mercedes-Benz is also offering a new no-cost trim line – Exclusive Line – that includes 18-inch, five twin-spoke alloy wheels, faux leather Artico upholstery in C220 and C220d models or leather upholstery in C300 and C250d variants, selective damper control, wood and silver chrome interior trim, dash and beltlines stitched in Artico and a Mercedes-Benz star on the bonnet.