2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Click above for high-res image gallery
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which receives a modest facelift for the new model year, features a host of changes under its hood. Most notably, Mercedes-Benz will offer an all-new four-cylinder engine option, with the model designation of C250, here in the States. The C250 features a direct-injected 1.8-liter turbocharged mill that looks to be quite potent. With 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque available, the turbo'd four propels the C250 to 60 miles per hour in 7.1 seconds and returns a combined 24 miles per gallon, an improvement of 4 mpg over the C300 model.
M-B is confident that the base model C250 four-cylinder C-Class will be a hot seller. In fact, M-B anticipates that nearly half (45 to 50 percent) of all C-Class models sold will come packing the four-cylinder engine. While it's certainly not the first time that Mercedes has offered a four-cylinder C-Class model in the U.S. – both the extinct C220 and C230 featured four bangers – it is the only time, at least that we can recollect, that M-B expects a four-cylinder model to be the bread-and-butter vehicle in the C-Class' U.S. lineup. With improved fuel economy and a lower price point compared to the C300, it's not hard to see why the C250 could appeal to a broader range of buyers.
[Source: The Car Connection]