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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class preview

Revealed today will be the core Sedan and Estate ranges, with the all-new C-Class Coupe expected in July and AMG variants of all three body styles coming in September.

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The update for the 2011 C-Class is essentially a facelift, although Mercedes-Benz says the new model features more than 2000 new components.

Following the lead of overseas markets, we know there will be a number of mechanical enhancements, improved fuel economy and emissions across the range, and a strengthening of the standard features list with an emphasis on driver assistance systems.

From a styling point of view, the headlights of the now have a more determined look about them, giving the car a more purposeful appearance. Both the radiator grille and lower air intake are now angled in a V-shape for a sharper, arrow-like look.

The front bumpers are positioned lower for a more muscular stance, while the bonnet is made of aluminium, contributing to weight and fuel savings.

At the rear, the taillights and indicators are all LEDs, adding the vehicle’s distinctive appearance, especially at night.

Inside, the vehicle’s designers focused on giving the dashboard a sporty, premium look and feel, with the surfaces and metallic highlights displaying a higher quality finish.

The steering wheel from the CLS is standard in the new C-Class, and features a chrome-plated central spoke for added sports style.

Overseas, the computer telematics system has been upgraded to include larger 3D displays, phone book transfer, text message display, wireless Bluetooth audio streaming and USB connectivity, while the refreshed cockpit also features new instruments and gauges directed at the driver. We will see in a few hours just how high-tech our Australian C-Class will be.

Check back tonight for a full drive review and 60-second spin of the new 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.