Mercedes-Benz announced today that the all-new 2012 C-Class (2011 model year on the European market) will go on sale in Spring 2011 and orders will be taken starting January 10. The bad news is that the car will go on sale first in Europe, while the American market will see the car later this year.
Still, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will make its world debut next week, at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The new model comes with revised front and rear, as well as many new assistance systems.
Some of these systems include the ATTENTION ASSIST fatigue detection system, DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control and ECO start-stop function help to reduce fuel consumption by up to 31 percent compared to the predecessor model. The C-Class facelift is one of the most comprehensive in the brand’s history.
According to Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars, the German luxury carmaker implemented a comprehensive facelift of the new C-Class to make it as premium as its other offerings in terms of drive and safety systems.
Schmidt added that the new C-Class is now laden with a number of high-quality interior features also found in the new CLS, thereby allowing it to set new segment standards in terms of perceived value and sense of quality. He added that Mercedes is confident that this facelifted C-Class will continue the success of its predecessor.
In fact, the C-Class is the carmaker’s best-selling model range, with over 1 million examples sold since its launch in 2007. Around 25 percent of total volume of the C-Class sedan was delivered in the United States, which makes it its largest single market. It is closely followed by Germany and China.
Mercedes has already sold around 8.5 million vehicles in the segment since its entry in 1982 through the 190 series. Compared to its predecessor, the new C-Class boasts of over 2,000 new parts. Both its front and rear ends feature stunning and dynamic styling.
Moreover, the C-Class facelift comes with an array of new assistance and safety systems like the ATTENTION ASSIST fatigue detection system and the DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control.
This facelift could be availed with much improved 7G TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission and an ECO start-stop function – both helping save up to 31 percent of fuel, as compared to its predecessor.
Additionally, the new C-Class features a new generation of telematics systems that includes a new instrument cluster with an integrated display and that offers Internet access and 3D city models.