The W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift has been spotted again but this time, the test mules seen here (in Estate and Sedan guise) appear to be a little more spartan compared to our previous sighting of the BMW 3 Series rival.

On the exterior, everything appears to remain unchanged from before, although minor visual updates, such as new bumpers, tail light graphics and alloy wheel designs, are expected to feature on the updated model.

Don’t mind the halogen headlamps as they are items that featured on lower-spec variants of the C-Class before. However, further up the range, Multibeam LED headlamps will likely be introduced, as we’ve seen on an earlier prototype.

Our batch of spyshots also included photos of the new car’s interior, which may appear familiar to some but with a few notable differences, chief among which is the all-new steering wheel.


Retaining the three-spoke layout as before, the new item features a smaller centre boss, while the on-wheel buttons are of a completely new design, unlike any seen in the current Mercedes line-up.

Aside from the steering wheel, the shortcut buttons (navi, radio, media, telephone and car settings) seen below the climate control switchgear have been omitted, and there is a new push start button as well. As mentioned earlier, the cars spotted by our spy photographers are likely low-spec test mules, so fancier items such as the analogue clock, CD changer and optional touchpad aren’t seen here.

The new C-Class will likely see revisions under the hood, with Mercedes’ latest 9G-Tronic transmission (used in the W213 E-Class) replacing the ageing 7G-Tronic, along with updated petrol and diesel mills.