Bad news, BMW and Audi. Mercedes-Benz’s mid-sized premium juggernaut just got better, and it will be in SA in June or July 2018. It’s the mid-sizer that has shown its rivals a clean pair of heels, running out of showrooms so fast it’s a regular in the top 10 model sales lists around the world. Benz sold an astonishing 415,000 C-Class sedans, wagons and coupés last year, punched out of its main Bremen plant in Germany, East London in SA, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Beijing — which also produces its only long-wheelbase C-Class for China, the car’s biggest market. You might not know it to look at it, because the metalwork and the overall design theme are scarcely changed. You have to look mighty hard inside, too, because Benz hasn’t fitted it with the double-width, digital dash infotainment unit it debuted in the S-Class and which has now migrated down into the new A-Class. You wouldn’t know it from the powerplants, either, because Benz is being decidedly cagey about how the next C-Class w...

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