Mercedes-Benz Releases Photos of 2012 C-Class Wagon

2011 Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz has updated their best-selling model for 2012. Set to go on sale in the beginning of January, 2011 in Europe (a North American launch wasn't announced yet), the updated C-Class will be available in both sedan and wagon. Called a "comprehensive modernization," the front and rear ends of the car are the most notably exterior updates. The radiator grille is now more prominent and the central air intake opens out upwards in a V-shape.

There are also now more pronounced side sections that are meant to link the front section with the sides. The overall idea was to give the car a "more resolute appearance." The interior also features numerous upgrades such as a restyled dashboard with an integrated screen and new surface grain. Perhaps the most important change is the availability of the 1.8-liter four-cylinder direct-injected gasoline engine, with 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. There will also be an introduction of a new V6 gasoline engine with 306 hp.

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Details are still coming in about this major mid-life refresh as it gets closer to its Detroit Auto Show Debut. We'll follow up with more details in the next few weeks as Detroit 2011 is just around the corner.

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