Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed the refreshed model will arrive in local showrooms in the second quarter of 2011.
The headlights now have a more determined look about them, making the appearance of the front altogether more purposeful. The restyled grille is the latest iteration of the brand’s perpetually progressing design language, and both the radiator grille and lower air intake are 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, and they say the surfaces and metallic highlights have a higher quality finish.
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.
The steering wheel from the CLS is standard on the new C-Class, and features a chrome-plated central spoke for added sports style.
The new C-Class will also feature a range of driver-assist safety systems, including Attention Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Park Assist with ParkTronic, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist.
The C350 CGI (not currently sold in Australia) is powered by a new V6 petrol engine, which produces 225kW of power and 370Nm of torque.
In the US, all new models will come with the seven-speed automatic transmission, with the gear ratios on all models optimised for fuel economy.
Mercedes-Benz Australia’s Jerry Stamoulis said the local arm was currently investigating the introduction of the C350 CGI and the implementation of the seven-speed automatic transmission as standard, but said it was too early to confirm exact specifications.
Mr Stamoulis said the launch, specification and pricing details of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class would be revealed in greater detail in March.
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