The mid-cycle facelift of the W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has surfaced various times across the last couple of years, firstly with the Multibeam LED headlamps which were first seen on the W213 E-Class. This is expected to supersede the current LED Intelligent Light System units as the range-topping headlamp option on the W205 C-Class.

More recently, we’ve seen the interior of the facelifted W205 test mule, which was previewed by the GLC F-Cell with numerous new components to be shared between the SUV and the sedan. These include the new low-profile touchpad to replace the rotary COMAND controller, along with a redesigned touchpad-equipped steering wheel and a larger widescreen centre display.

Now, a photo released by our spy photographers show the car with camouflage stripped off all but the head- and tail lights. As you can see, the standard facelifted W205 will receive a new front bumper with a more aggressive downturned air intake design, and expect the AMG Line models to get reprofiled items as well.

Around the back, aesthetic revisions will appear on the tail lamps as well, while the updated visual package can also be expected to include new wheel designs. Under the hood, the Stuttgart marque’s latest range of four-cylinder OM654 turbodiesels can be expected to feature here, taking over from the 2.1 litre OM651 turbodiesel units that has served since 2008.

Other new engines will likely include the M264 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine – replacing the ubiquitous M274 unit – from the E 350 Coupé and Cabriolet, as well as the M256 3.0 litre straight-six that already sees service in the facelifted S-Class and new CLS. Expect to see the brand’s new 48V mild hybrid system as well.

Comfort equipment and conveniences such as satellite navigation, climate control switchgear and audio systems should also be updated as part of the aforementioned interior revisions. The facelifted W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is expected to go on sale from the second or third quarter of 2018.