Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 facelift revealed
The 2012 Mercedes Benz C-Class has been revealed with a new four-cylinder engine added to the range. The new models will have a minor facelift and the interior is upgraded as well. Performance-wise it offers more power and better fuel economy than its predecessor.
The front end gets minor changes such as a redesigned bumper featuring day-time running LEDs. The hood is now completely made of aluminium for weight reduction purposes. Add to that the new 7-speed automatic transmission and direct-injection engines, the fuel economy has improved.
Along with fuel efficiency, it gets more juice, with the C350 3.5-litre V6 engine getting a boost of 34 hp to 302 hp and torque increasing to 370 Nm. The new turbocharged 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine offered in the C250 will have 201 hp and the C300 gets a 3.0-litre V6 engine producing about 228 hp. The C180 will get a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder, good for 154 hp.
The interior has been upgraded with more premium materials and five new safety features have been added. This includes Attention Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Parktronic and Blind Spot Assist.
The 2012 C-Class is said to go on sale next summer in the United States. The C-Class is not as common on the roads of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with people favouring the bigger E-Class and S-Class models. It should arrive in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries at around the same time.