What is it? An update to Mercedes’s entry-level sedan in the United States, the new C-Class comes in four models, with several different engine sizes. There’s the C250, a new four-cylinder offering with a 201-hp, 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder; the C300 4Matic, with last year’s 228-hp, 3.0-liter V6 and all-wheel-drive; and the rear-wheel-drive C350 with a new 302-hp, 3.5-liter V6. Mercedes claims the new engines improve fuel efficiency by 15 percent across the board.
The new C-class will be available in sedan and coupe body styles, but the CLK name for the coupe has been dropped. What hasn’t been dropped from the coupe is the C63 AMG model, which moves to the coupe from the sedan body in the new car.
What’s new or notable? The C250 has the first four-cylinder engine in a C-Class since the C230 Kompressor hatchback flopped in the United States market in 2004.
When will it be available? September 2011