Three decades since its original introduction as successor to the old 190 model, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has sold just under 11 million units worldwide, writes Trish Whelan.

The latest version C—Class, set to launch here next September, will come with features just recently introduced in their flagship S-Class range: the latest generation MBUX infotainment system, optional rear-axle steering and the comprehensive electrification that powers its various elements.

The new car will be offered in both Saloon and Estate models. Longer and wider, both are considerably larger than before. There’s more front and rear space in the cabin with more elbow space and added rear head and knee room.

The inside is now more upmarket with a leather dashboard and new veneers in brown and black tones.

Five petrol and three diesels will be available at launch. Plug-in hybrid versions with an electric range of around 100kms will follow. In Ireland, the volume sellers are expected to be the C180 and C200d. Prices will be announced closer to its arrival date in September.