2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2011 Detroit Auto Show


  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class @ 2011 Detroit Auto Show

    Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new C-Class the night before the start of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show: IL News Editor Kelly Toepke has the details. | January 09, 2011

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2011 Detroit Auto Show

Just 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.

DETROIT — 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 U.S. dealers next summer.

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

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