2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class gets Collision Prevention Assist, C-Class more power

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 8, 2012

Automakers have been downsizing their engines; some have even gone as far as dropping six-cylinders totally. However, Mercedes-Benz continues to offer fours and sixes in its C-Class. But then, there’s only one engine option for the 4Matic all-wheel drive in a four-door C-Class. In addition, the M-Class SUVs will receive upgraded safety technology throughout its range for 2013.

The C-Class line will get a new engine for the C300 4Matic model. The decklid numerology now only has little direct correlation to engine displacement just like majority of the existing Mercedes-Benz and BMW models. The 2012 model was powered by an engine with a literal 3.0 liters. On the other hand, the 2013 C300 has a 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers 248 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.

This stands for an increase in output of 20 hp and 30 lb-ft of torque compared to last year’s model. The fuel economy of the new engine is much better than the smaller engine used on last year’s model. This permits the 2013 C300 to get an EPA rating of 20 city and 28 highway, compared to the 17/24 rating last year. All the V-6 C-Class models for 2013 will receive auto stop-start.

The C300 4Matic is $960 higher, from $38,895 to $39,855, (including destination costs). From a destination cost of $875 in 2012 for all Mercedes-Benz models, the cost for all the 2013 models will be $905.

Collision Prevention Assist will be featured on all 2013 model M-Class models. It uses radar sensors to identify the distance to the vehicle in front. It also makes the brakes ready for emergency braking to offer maximum braking assist the moment the driver applies the brakes. The ML350 is priced from $49,865 for the 2012 model to $50,675 for the 2013, a gap of $810.

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