By David Thomas on December 23, 2010
The 2012 C-Class doesn’t look much different on the outside, but we can hope the changes made to the inside are more noticeable. Mercedes promises that the 2012 model will feature an entirely new dashboard with higher-end materials and other improved surfaces throughout the cabin. There’s also a new steering wheel borrowed from the redesigned CLS-Class and a new multimedia system.
These additions are welcomed, since our last drive in a C-Class detailed just how far behind it was in the segment in terms of a top-notch interior.
That may be the most important improvement to car shoppers when they sit in one at the Detroit auto show next month, but much more has changed. The exterior gets slightly different front and rear treatments, including new headlights and taillights, and elements like an aluminum hood to make the car lighter are standard across the line.A big change for U.S. customers is an available turbocharged four-cylinder C250 model for 2012. It makes 201 horsepower and 229 pounds-feet of torque and gets 24 mpg combined. This should make for an efficient ride while remaining a lively alternative to the C300 4Matic with a V-6 engine putting out 228 horses and 20 mpg combined.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David