Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced sweeping price changes for its C-Class Sedan and Estate ranges, with increases of $500 to $1596 before on-road costs affecting all variants as of this month.
However, AMG variants are impacted the most, with C43 having increased by $711 and $712 for its Sedan and Estate versions respectively, while the biggest change is reserved for the flagship C63 S that jumps by $1596.
Additionally, the C250 and C200d models have now been superseded by C300 and C220d respectively for both body styles, with their replacements costing $500 more.
Along with the change in monikers comes upgraded engines for both variants, with C300 uprating outputs from its predecessor's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol powerplant to 180kW/370Nm – an increase of 25kW/20Nm.
Meanwhile, C220d welcomes a more significant change, as the 100kW/320Nm 1.6-litre turbo-diesel four-potter from the outgoing C200d has been discontinued along with its seven-speed automatic transmission.
Instead, a 2.1-litre unit that produces 125kW/400Nm sits underneath the bonnet of C220d, while power is sent to the rear wheels via a nine-speed auto.
There are no changes to the powertrains or specification levels of any other model.
Furthermore, buyers of four-cylinder variants – excluding C350e – will be offered the no-cost option of an 'Exclusive Line' package, which the German carmaker says has been popular among E-Class customers.
If optioned, 18-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, 'Artico' man-made leather-stitched dashboard and beltlines, brown ash open-pore wood/silver chrome trim and a Mercedes-Benz bonnet star are added.
As well, 'Artico' man-made leather upholstery and an adaptive closing function for the radiator grille are included for C200 and C220d, while C300 and C250d upgrade to genuine leather upholstery.
Mercedes-Benz sits comfortably at the top of the local premium mid-size segment, with 3449 examples of the C-Class sold to the end of May this year.
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class list pricing
Mercedes-Benz C200 Sedan – automatic – $61,900
Mercedes-Benz C220d Sedan – automatic – $63,400
Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan – automatic – $69,900
Mercedes-Benz C250d Sedan – automatic – $71,400
Mercedes-Benz C350e Sedan – automatic – $75,900
Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan – automatic – $102,611
Mercedes-AMG C63 S Sedan – automatic – $157,211
Mercedes-Benz C200 Estate – automatic – $64,400
Mercedes-Benz C220d Estate – automatic – $65,900
Mercedes-Benz C300 Estate – automatic – $72,400
Mercedes-Benz C250d Estate – automatic – $73,900
Mercedes-Benz C350e Estate – automatic – $78,400
Mercedes-AMG C43 Estate – automatic – $105,112
Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate – automatic – $159,711