2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz enters its 125th year by giving the C-class a host of updates for the 2012 model year. The sedan's new look is not drastically different, just refined and more consistent with the rest of the recently updated Mercedes-Benz car line-up.
The front fascia holds new headlamps and revised air intakes as well as new L.E.D. daytime running lights. And a new hood is now made of lighter-weight aluminum. The rear end gets the makeover as well with new tail lights and a lower, more substantial stance.
C-Class Sedan engines are revamped too: a 201-horsepower I-4 for the C250, and a 302-horsepower V6 for the C350. The C300 4Matic mates a 228 horsepower V6 to its all-wheel-drive system. The biggest addition to the 2012 C-class however, is subtraction of two doors. That's right, the C-class is now available as a coupe.
Looking much more dynamic and sporty than its 4-door cousin, the new coupe is built for those with less stuff to haul and more time for fun. Changes to the front end are subtle, but keen observers will notice a different grille treatment and an overall wider appearance.
Things are drastically different from there back, as the roofline slopes down immediately behind the driver to thick C-pillars with upkick side glass. The rear deck is very short, almost giving it a hatchback appearance. L.E.D. taillights are another highlight, and a new aggressive stance completes the look.
The interior has been totally reworked and provides enough room for 4, but this car was clearly designed with the driver in mind.
"The Vue Two-Mode Hybrid proves that power and efficiency can coexist, and in a modern crossover you can have them both without skimping on any ability." – Dave Scrivener
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class goes on sale here in August, with the 451-horse C63 AMG Coupe due here a month later.
C250 : 201-horsepower I-4
C350 : 302-horsepower V6
C300 4Matic : 228 horsepower V6