STUTTGART - Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its facelifted C class, which will launch across Europe in June.
The range features changes to exterior styling, improvements to the standard equipment, and two new engine options. The cars will be priced around 3 percent higher than existing models.
There are revised front and rear bumpers, color-keyed protection moldings, a modified grille, body-colored side skirts and new rear lights.
The interior is the same, except for a new range of seat materials in each of the four trim levels: Classic, Elegance, Esprit and Sport. The door cappings have been revised to accommodate side airbags.
Engine options include two new, all-aluminum, 18-valve, V-6 units. A 170ps, 2.4-liter unit replaces the old 148ps, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine. And a more powerful 197ps, 2.8-liter powerplant replaces the old 192ps, 2.8-liter straight-six.
The new V-6s provide greater torque across a wider range of revs for improved low-end performance. They also feature an integrated servicing program called Assyst (for Active Service System). Mercedes claims this cuts servicing costs by up to 30 percent by constantly monitoring oil levels.
Five engines will carry over unchanged in both sedans and wagons. The gasoline options are the 120ps, 1.8-liter, the 136ps, 2.0-liter and the 193ps, supercharged 2.3-liter fours. The diesels are the 95ps, 2.2-liter, four-cylinder and the 150ps, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder turbodiesel.
All new C class models will have a factory-fitted radio and an upgraded antilock brake system called Brake Assist. All models will also have a new electronic entry system called Elcode.
A five-speed manual transmission remains standard, with the option of an electronically controlled, five-speed automatic transmission.
Other options include Xenon headlamps, parking-distance sensors, and rain sensors for the windshield wipers.
The V-6 equipped models can also have electronic stability and traction control.