The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which gets a modest facelift compared to the 2011 version. For starters, exterior design tweaks are limited to an aluminum hood with some modified headlamps and LED running lamps positioned down low, but it's what powers the 2012 C-Class that will set its apart from the outgoing model, as Mercedes-Benz will offer a four-cylinder engine option in the C250.
The direct-injected 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged mill seems potent, with 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque on tap. M-B claims that the C250, equipped with the redesigned 4Matic transmission, will sprint to 60 miles per hour in 7.1 seconds, while returning a reasonable 24 miles per gallon (combined). The automaker claims that at 24 mpg, the 2012 C-Class is up to 15 percent more fuel efficient than any of the soon-to-be extinct 2011 models.
The 2012 C-Class is scheduled to make its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January and should hit dealer lots sometime next summer.