How to Upgrade Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Nigeria the right way [A complete guide]

07/19/2020

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There are ways to upgrade the different year models of the very popular Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Nigeria.

I just assumed that the C-Class stands for Compact Class Mercedes-Benz because of how small it is.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact 4-door sedan line that has been in existence since the early 90s after Benz stopped producing the Mercedes-Benz W201 in 1993, its first compact sedan. This car was first assembled in Sindelfingen Germany but right now, It is being assembled in over 6 satellite Mercedes-Benz plants all over the world. 

Today, I want to show you how to upgrade the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Nigeria. This Benz C-Class is the easiest type of Mercedes to upgrade in Nigeria because the parts are very common in car parts dealerships around the country. It is also the most affordable class of Mercedes Benz cars you can buy in Nigeria; our full comprehensive price list of Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Nigeria would surprise you.

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C-Class Mercedes Benz generations 

The car is a starter pack for Nigerian luxury car enthusiasts and it is also a big boy starter-pack in Nigeria which made the very common W204 model earn the nickname 'Yahoo Boy' Benz because of how often young male drivers like buying the car. 

How to upgrade the Mercedes-Benz C-Class  in Nigeria

Up to date, only 4 generations of this car have been produced but we will only talk about the three relevant generations that can still be upgraded even today.

Upgrading the W203 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Nigeria:

The W203 C-Class was in production between 2000 and 2007 under Daimler Chrysler's management but this car didn't receive so much attention from Nigerians.

This particular C-Class is very scarce in Nigeria because it was not practical enough for buyers of Mercedes-Benz cars in Nigeria just because of the size. The previous generations of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class 'W202' had a lot of interior room for passengers so the W203 just came as a shocker when it got really small like the W168 A-Class.

The common W203 in Nigeria remains the Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2006 and you will surely love the C230 with 'Kompressor' supercharged engine and the 4matic technology. Other trim levels were C200 and the very low-cost maintenance C180. 

The-W203-Benz-AMG-VS-regular-W203-front-view

There is really no need facelifting/upgrading the W203

Nevertheless, if you own the W203 there is a limited range of upgrade/facelift you can apply to it. Though there was a facelift for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2005 model, it was very subtle on the exterior. I won't advise you to go for this facelift because it is a total rip-off. If you drive the CL203 Coupe, there is no facelift available for the car. 

Modified-W203-Benz-Front-view

Modified W203 looking more expensive than a Bugatti Veyron

Just go for the go-to facelift for any Mercedes-Benz model, the AMG facelift. The only issue here is that the difference between the regular W203 and the AMG variant is not striking at all. It is more of a performance upgrade than a visual upgrade. I just advise you to go the way of aftermarket body kits and parts like grilles, headlights, spoilers, rims, rear bumper diffusers, and side skirts.

When you even think of the cost of acquiring these components, the car's worth in Nigeria would discourage you except you are just a W203 enthusiast and you are planning to make the car a keeper (a car you don't plan to sell in future) then you should go ahead with this.

>>> Click here for a detailed review of the Mercedes-Benz C240 and its common problems  

Cost of upgrading the Benz W203 :

Cost of upgrading the W203
Part Price
AMG body kit ₦180,000 - ₦300,000
Aftermarket body kit ₦180,000 - ₦300,000
Rear diffuser  ₦25,000 - ₦80,000
Aftermarket headlights/taillights ₦60,000 - ₦180,000
Aftermarket grilles  ₦180,000 - ₦300,000
Aftermarket rims ₦30,000 - ₦80,000

Upgrading the W204 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Nigeria :

The W204 C-Class is the most successful Mercedes-Benz C-Class to ever be sold in Nigeria. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2010 is the car every young boy wants to drive in Nigeria even till now, unlike the S-Class that appeals mostly to older age drivers. You need to see the features of President Buhari's S-Class and understand why older people love S-Class so much.

2013-VS-2008-Benz-W204-front-view

The Facelift is striking! you need to upgrade your W204 

This car started making heavy appearances from 2010 as Tokunbo in Nigeria as C300 and C350 trim levels that come with an inline-4 and with V6 engine respectively. The 2007-2011 model's front fascia had two grille options. The five-line grille was standard on the Elegance trim while the Avantgarde trim had the 5 or 2 line grille then the 2 line grille is standard on the AMG. I am sure you never knew a station wagon W204 existed, I have never seen one in Nigeria most probably because it wasn't sold in the American market.

The front fascia received an update in 2012 with a revised interior, headlight, hood, and grille. This update immediately allowed users of the 2007-2011 model facelift to the 2012 body style W204. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2014 was the last model year of the W204 before the W205 took over in 2015.

The facelift is possible with a full conversion kit that can be bought in Nigeria from Benz parts dealers or you can order a set from online stores that ship to Nigeria. There are two stand-alone offsprings of the W204 you should know; the CLC Coupe and the W204 Black series Coupe. The former is a smaller sized C-Class hatchback with two doors that is based on the W203 CL-Coupe platform while the former is the highest performing track dedicated C-Class conversion kit. There is a facelift for Black series that works only for 2-door W204 variants.

Benz-C300-AMG-Upgrade-Facelift-conversion-kit

You can see the upgrade part is not painted. It needs a good paint job

These facelifts make your W204 look muscular and aggressive in a stylish way. The W204 AMG is one of the best AMG Mercedes-Benz ever designed just so you know.

There are various ways to upgrade the W204 apart from a designated facelift in Nigeria. You can do just a grille upgrade with options of the AMG grille, GT style grille, or an aftermarket grille and they can all fit an LED Benz logo conveniently. Also, you can get aftermarket headlights, taillights, decals, LEDs, spoilers, rear bumper diffusers, and bumper-add-on for your W204.

 

W204-modified-headlights-grilles-diffusers-and-LED-logo

Upgrades on the W204 is endless; Headlights, Grilles, Diffuser, and Logo

There are so many options of an aftermarket body kit for the W204 that makes your car stand out anywhere from regular modifications to widebody appearances. You also have to compliment the body kits with a nice set of rims. It is very important.

The interior of the W204 can also be upgraded to have an android display screen that gives you up-to-date in-car entertainment as you drive daily. This android screen can either be a wide style that fits on top of the dashboard or a smaller size that fits perfectly into the pop-up head unit that newer W204 models have. 

Android-screen-for-W204-Mercedes-Benz

Audi head unit upgrade is very essential

You should also consider a vinyl wrap and spectacular paint jobs that make your W204 appear more expensive than it really is. 

Cost of upgrading the Benz W204 :

Cost of upgrading the Benz W204
Part Price
AMG body kit ₦500,000 - ₦900,000
Aftermarket body kit ₦500,000 - ₦2,000,000
Rear diffuser  ₦45,000 - ₦220,000
Aftermarket headlights/taillights ₦80,000 - ₦300,000
Aftermarket grilles  ₦20,000 - ₦100,000
Aftermarket rims ₦120,000 - ₦400,000
Led Logo ₦10,000 - ₦40,000

Upgrading the W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Nigeria:

The present generation C-Class is coded W205, first produced in 2014, and saw its first facelift in 2018. This facelift is not evident in the appearance trust me. You can hardly tell unlike the Benz E-Class facelift in 2020 that was very striking. If you drive the W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, there is no striking facelift available but you can surely upgrade a couple of things.

W205-C-Class-Facelift-front-view-and-W205-2014-side-view

The facelift barely differs from the initial design

The AMG design for the W205 is very bold and stylish. You can facelift your regular non-performance trim W205 to look just like the AMG with performance rims and body kits. The facelift even looks better from the rear because of the AMG bumper, rear diffuser and quad style exhaust tips.

W205-C63-AMG-front-side-view

The W205 C63 AMG upgrade is available for you 

Aftermarket modifications are the second and only option for modifying this car. The go-to aftermarket mod would be an AMG GT style or diamond style grille that fits the W205 perfectly. Brabus kits for the W205 are very special I tell you. If your budget can afford one, please do. You can also go for aftermarket performance exhaust to make your W205 that is non-AMG sound at least close to one. 

The-W205-Coupe-with-Vinyl-Wrap

W205 Coupe looking brilliant with a Vinyl Wrap

There is little or nothing you can do to the interior apart from upgrading the upholstery because the infotainment is very up-to-date and you won't be needing an aftermarket screen with reduced display quality to make you happy while you drive.

Cost of upgrading the Benz W205 :

Cost of upgrading the Benz W205
Part Price
AMG body kit ₦800,000 - ₦1,200,000
Aftermarket body kit ₦500,000 - ₦2,000,000
Rear diffuser ₦45,000 - ₦300,000
Aftermarket headlights/taillights ₦150,000 - ₦800,000
Aftermarket grilles ₦45,000 - ₦300,000
Aftermarket rims ₦120,000 - ₦700,000
Custom Interior ₦400,000 - ₦1,200,000

Here is a VIDEO of an AMG conversion on a W205 C300: 

W205 AMG body kit conversion 

Special message to you if you would ever facelift/upgrade a C-Class

Most of the upgrade parts come unpainted. Always make sure anyone that is going to spray the car after the upgrade/facelift is completed understands that the overall paint must be matching. Plastic parts need special attention when spraying so that the paint can last on their surfaces for a very long time. 

W205-front-Grille-Swap

Aftermarket grille swap makes any C-Class look newer

Conclusion 

The C-Class is a very easy car to upgrade in Nigeria and you should take advantage of that by making yours look good all the time. If you are buying a locally used/ tokunbo C-Class in Nigeria especially the W205 and W204, always go with a Benz specialist that can decypher the actual year model of the car to avoid being deceived by facelifting/upgrades.

On Naijauto.com you would find Mercedes-Benz C-Class prices in Nigeria with great listings that fit your budget. We offer the best car advice to car owners and to aspiring car owners, we provide expert advice on the car you are saving up to buy.

You have just finished our article on how to upgrade the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Nigeria. Stay tuned with us for more interesting posts like this in the future!

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