Facelifted 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Convertible debut new 1.5L turbo

Both will come to the New York Auto Show with many upgrades, including more power for the C43

Following the world debut of the facelifted C-Class sedan and wagon at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, Mercedes-Benz has chosen the New York Auto Show as a launch venue for the refreshed C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet.

The two-door C-Class models have received similar updates as the sedan and wagon, including subtle design tweaks, new four-cylinder engines, and a digital cockpit, among other things.

There's not much to say as far as the design is concerned. The updates are limited to the refreshed bumpers, standard diamond radiator grille, new light signatures for the headlights (now with LED as standard) and LED taillights, light-alloy wheels, and new colors. For the first time, the C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet offer optional Multibeam LED headlights with Ultra Range high beam.

Inside, the facelifted C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet bring new materials for the center console trim including open-pore brown walnut or open-pore anthracite oak, a new Magma grey/black color combination, and standard Keyless-Go starting function, among other updates. However, the most important additions are the fully digital 12.3-inch instrument display available as an option, the larger 10.25-inch central display, the touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel, and the 64-color ambient lighting.

Moving on to the powertrains, the facelifted 2019 C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet get a new generation of four-cylinder gasoline engines (codenamed M 264). The C200 and C200 4MATIC models will get a 184-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged unit hooked to a 48-volt onboard network with a belt-driven starter/alternator (EQ Boost) that can provide an additional 14 hp before the turbo kicks in. Later on, a 2.0-liter gasoline engine will be added to the range. In the U.S., the C300 base model carries on with the older 2.0-liter turbo-four rated at 255 hp.

The C220 d model now features Mercedes' latest OM 654 2.0-liter turbodiesel from the E-Class, rated at 194 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Finally, the other engine available at launch is the 3.0-liter V6 biturbo gasoline unit in the C43 that now delivers 390 hp (23 hp more than before). In addition, the peak torque of 520 Nm is available in a wider engine speed range from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm.

With the updated engine, the C43 4MATIC Coupe sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, while the Cabriolet is 0.1 seconds slower. As with the C43 sedan and wagon, the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. The all-wheel-drive system features rear-biased torque distribution (31/69 percent front/rear).

Other updates include the addition of a new Dynamic Body Control suspension with three-stage damping and Sports Direct-Steer system, as well as semi-autonomous driving systems from the facelifted S-Class.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will arrive in European dealerships from July and in the United States from late 2018.

READ MORE: Our in-depth review of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C220 d

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