Changes to the exterior include subtle touches such as shoulderline trim strips in polished aluminum, a finned radiator in a silver matt finish with chrome highlights, plus an integrated star, front fog lamps with a chrome ring and chromed twin louvres, chrome highlights in the bumper, and a glossy black B-pillar. There are also darked headlamps, a unique indium grey paint scheme, and 17in five-spoke alloy wheels.
Like the exterior, the interior is based on the sporty Avantgarde line of time. Its styling has been altered with the addition of new sports seats trimmed in Artico man-made leather and Liverpool fabric in como beige. The same como beige trim is used for the stitching in seats, centre armrest, door centre panel and floor mats. Other details include brushed aluminum elements, a multifunction leather steering wheel, and a 4.5in display in the instrument cluster.
Standard equipment includes Mercedes’ Agility Control active suspension dampening, adaptive brakes, auto adjusting bi-xenon headlights, and Parktronic parking sensors.
The new Special Edition range is positioned above the Avantgarde trim and depending on which engine option is chosen, prices increase by about €2,689 to a maximum €3,879. No word yet whether Mercedes will offer the range in North America.