Spy-Shots of Cars

Oh yes, you’re looking at a prototype of the W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift. Already, you ask? Well, the latest C-Class first appeared at the tail end of 2013, so the mid-life facelift should come about circa 2017 or thereabouts. It’s about time, then, that we see the update being tested.

The silver prototype here appears very “normal” at first glance, until you look closely at the headlamps. Lo and behold, those are very clearly the brand’s high-tech Multibeam LED headlamp units, similar to those fitted on the new W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It should replace the W205’s current top-of-the-range LED ILS option.

Other than the fancy new headlamps, everything else on the car appears unchanged, this being an early test mule. Expect the real deal to introduce minor visual updates, including new front and rear bumpers, tail lights with different graphics and of course, new alloy wheel designs.

Further updates can be expected under the bonnet, including the adoption of Mercedes’ latest 9G-Tronic transmission, replacing the ageing 7G-Tronic currently fitted across the range. The latest OM654 2.0 litre turbodiesel engines should also feature in the W205 facelift, along with minor revisions in other areas.

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