2018 Mercedes C-Class Estate Facelift Hides New Touchpad and Steering Wheel

Latest spyshots reveal several add-ons

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has reached that mid-life point (not crisis) when it needs a refresh to stay in line with both the competition and customer demands.

Of course, facelifts are often dictated by carmakers looking to avoid sales drops and not necessarily because a given car needs a couple of tweaks here and there.

For the 2018MY, the C-Class is in for a revamp that applies to all its variations, including the estate, as spotted by our spy photographers during winter testing in cold Sweden.

Visually, the facelift will address the headlights (full LED), taillights and the bumpers on both ends. Basically, the usual nip and tuck job.

Inside, the highlights are a new steering wheel carrying more controls and a touchpad-style controller for the COMAND infotainment system, coming to replace the rotary solution offered on current models.

However, it's difficult to tell if the knob is completely gone or we're just looking at a momentary solution, maybe for experimental purposes.

Expect the revised C-Class to reach showrooms later this summer, as a 2018MY car. The wagon will follow close, but the coupé and convertible might reach dealerships in early 2018.