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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

By luanpa in | December 25, 2010 | Comments Off on 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz will unveil its face-lifted 2012 C-Class sedan next month at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and will begin shipping cars to US dealers next summer.

Along with the new engines,The C250 is powered by a new twin-turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine delivering 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque.The C300 4Matic features a 228-hp V6 with 221 lb-ft of torque and all-wheel drive.The C350 gets a new direct-injection V6 with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft.

New, modern wheels complete the exterior revisions.Changes to the exterior of the car are extremely minor, limited almost entirely to the front and rear fascias.The front fascia receives a new headlight treatment, with a two-tiered design nearly identical to those seen on the new CL.The grille is slightly reshaped as are the lower air intakes, the fenders flares look to have been reduced, and the rear bumper is slightly lower.

New, classy trim accents complete the changes to the 2012 C-Class’ interior.The big news though is that the navigation unit is no longer a pop-up unit, but is rather built right into the dash and nestled under a sun-shielding hood.The same aluminum-look is used for new, 3-D surrounds on the instrument cluster rather than the simple, 2-D surrounds on the outgoing car.The steering wheel and its controls have also been updated, and dare we say it, actually look like a more upscale version of those found on a 2011 Volkswagen GTI.

As for powertrains, details on the US-spec car have yet to be released, but expect very few changes apart from direct-injection for the basic C-Class models.The outrageous C63 AMG however , is likely to get Mercedes’ new twin-turbocharged, direct-injected, 5.5-liter V-8 that’s currently finding its way into all “-63” badged AMG models.We’ll know exact US-powertrain specifications shortly.

Not too different visually but notable for continuous improvements in performance and technical capability.Stick with us as we approach the public unveiling of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class at the 2010 Detroit auto show.














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