Mercedes-Benz revises trim levels which means cheaper entry-level options

Mercedes-Benz revises trim levels which means cheaper entry-level options

The changes mean that buyers can now get a new C-Class for under £30,000

Mercedes-Benz has updated its saloon ranges with new trim levels across three of its key models – the best-selling C-Class, E-Class and CLS.

The biggest difference is that the popular C-Class now comes with an entry-level ‘S’ specification. This is £2,000 cheaper than the SE model.

It means that the C-Class undercuts key rivals from BMW and Audi noticeably on price, with the C180 S starting from £29,040.

While not coming with particularly luxurious levels of equipment, it still gets 17-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors and a reversing camera.

Further up the range, a new Sport Edition grade has been introduced, which adds features such as multibeam LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheel. The most popular AMG Line grade has also been revised.

Notable changes have also been made to the CLS four-door coupe, which sees the introduction of a new four-cylinder engine into the line-up. It also becomes the range’s exclusive rear-driven model, with the rest all-wheel-drive. This powertrain knocks the price down significantly, with the CLS now starting from £48,990 – a saving of more than £8,000 compared with the former entry-level offering.

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The final addition to the revised line-up is a new AMG Line Night Edition grade – a trim level that’s featured on the CLA before. This brings darker styling, thanks to black alloy wheels, revised bumpers and privacy glass. E-Class models in this trim cost from £43,180 and are available on both saloon and estate variants.

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