2011 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Mercedes-Benz has face-lifted its C-Class sedan.
- New C-Class gets new direct-injection engines.
- A new seven-speed automatic transmission is also featured.
The updated C-Class gets restyled front and rear ends. The cockpit features a new instrument panel with a high-resolution color display.
For the U.S. market, the 2012 C-Class sedan will be offered initially in three variants.
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.
Among the new optional driver-assistance systems for the 2012 C-Class are adaptive high-beam assist, Park Assist with Parktronic, lane-keeping assist and blind spot assist. The Attention Assist drowsiness detection system will come standard.
Sometime after introduction, look for a C-Class AMG Black Series with twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 as a potential M3 killer.
Edmunds.com says: Not too different visually but notable for continuous improvements in performance and technical capability. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent