The Mercedes-Benz C-Class range just received a substantial update for the 2012 model year, but some new changes are already in the works for 2013. The all-wheel-drive C300 4Matic is slated to get a new 3.5-liter direct-injected engine, according to Car and Driver.

Currently, the C300 4Matic is powered by a sluggish 3.0-liter V6, only putting out 228 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. That, combined with a 3,737-pound curb weight, is why the current model takes 7.1 seconds to get to 60 miles per hour and only returns fuel economy ratings of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg highway. (For reference, a 2012 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro with Tiptronic returns 21/29 mpg.)

This new engine, a detuned version of the 3.5-liter V6 found in the C350 sedan, produces 248 hp and 251 lb-ft – gains of 20 and 30, respectively. The 2013 C300 4Matic comes equipped with fuel-saving features like an eco mode and automatic start/stop, and while official fuel economy numbers haven't been announced as of this writing, we can only assume that a modest improvement is in order.


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      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly, we just upgraded my wife's 2007 C280 4Matic for a 2012 C300 4Matic, and the 3.0L, while it's low on the horsepower and torque scale, is more than enough for this car, and that's coming from a guy with a modded Mustang GT and a lead foot. We looked at the A4 with the 2.0t, and while the engine was nice and smooth, and the transmission felt like butter, the turbo took FOREVER to spool. Yeah, it was quick when you hit 4k RPM, but below that, the Mercedes has the lead, in my book, anyway. As for BMW, we looked at the 328i, and that thing just didn't move. At all. The 335i was really nice, and moved well, but the starting price was just about what we paid for a loaded C300 Sport 4Matic. I guess it's a "to each his own," but the Mercedes was head and shoulders above similarly equipped and/or priced offerings from Audi and BMW.
        Maddoxx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joe
        The Infiniti G37 would have been perfect car for what you were looking for.
          Joe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Maddoxx
          Except that I'm not, at all, interested in Japanese cars, nor is my wife. Why would I even look at something that does nothing for me?
      dice
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just out of curiosity, what is the point in having a detuned version of the same engine in the same car? Better fuel economy? Premium price for the tuned engine? I figure if you mass produce the same engine it will lower cost and be win-win for both manufacturer and consumer.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      0-60 in 7.1 seconds is anything but slow and more than sufficient for a passenger car. Auto journos are jaded by 3 second supercars. The MPG however is noot great, but then, it is heavy
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      About time...why didn't they do this when the car was re-designed a few months back? More than this, I think this car deserves a small diesel with AWD...would love to see a luxury small car getting 40mpg or more.
      Hernan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait, isn't that the old version of the car in the gallery?
        Teko
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hernan
        YOu would be correct, that is the pre-facelifted version of the current C-Class.
        funguy6713
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hernan
        The photo gallery is the current version of the car. There is very little change outwardly except for the new headlamp assemply (no longer projection beam compared to previous model years) and standard front apron with daytime LED standard. The interior has been upgraded with more luxurious material other than that very little discernable difference.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      great! C300 can finally beat Camry V6 and Altima I4 in 0-60. But it still looks fugly.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      acura TL -SHAWD could be your next choice spend 2k more for 305hp wieghs less better gas milage probly
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        .... and it is hands down the ugliest vehicle you can buy in that segment. The MMC helped, but it isn't a great looking vehicle. I'll take the "underpowered" C Class.
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        True. But I dont think people going to Benz are going to buy a Honda even if its a faster one.
      zzzzzz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, guess I hadn't been paying attention, but when did the C-Class become so incredibly dull looking? Did they do that for the Chinese market or something?
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zzzzzz
        I was thinking the same thing looks at the front it. Where is the Character ? While at least its a little better with the C63 model....
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      I remember how people were making fun of BMW when they come up with Start/stop system. Now everyone uses it
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        BMW didn't came up with Start/Stop. They copied it from Prius
      Kenny Liang
      • 2 Years Ago
      it isn't quite fair to compare a 3000cc engine to a 2000cc one. Mercedes' more comparable C200 does 25/45 as opposed to A4's 21/29. And considering C200 weighs 3307 lbs and A4 2.0 weighs 3108 lbs, I think it's a wonder that in addition to Merc's better fuel ratings, the C200 does 0-62 in 7.8 secs while A4 2.0 does it in 8.6 secs. source: http://www.autoevolution.com/carcompare.php?id1=15188&id2=12463
      RocketRed
      • 2 Years Ago
      It gains only 25hp but it has a bigger engine, i.e., yet more lard. Game to Audi again.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RocketRed
        Game to Audi? How? It has less horsepower and torque. The A4 is silly overpriced with the 2.0T.
        Tina Dang
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RocketRed
        As much as I love Benz, BMW definitely has both Audi and MB trumped with the new 3. BMW for small and nimble cars; Mercedes-Benz for large, expensive cars. That is the way is will always be.
      Kevin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Among all the luxurious and royal cars Mercedes Benz is one of the most well known car, although it have been comes with various designs and different series of collections but all the collection series and designs are quite attractive and better in features. Here we can get the review of Mercedes-Benz C-Class which consists of a many advanced features and specifications. http://jeffsmbz.com/
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