Mercedes 2012 at NAIAS: Seein’ the C

20 Jan 2011 | 1,814 views | No Comment
Mercedes-Benz displayed its all-new 2012 C-Class models just prior to the start of media days for the 2011 North American International Auto Show  in Detroit. Although the new car can be considered more evolutionary rather than revoloutionary, it still is quite a thorough redo; Mercedes says that over 2,000 parts to the 2012 C-Class are all-new to the car. Of  course, the first thing you'll notice on any car, incuding this one, is the styling. In our view, the new car , with its redone front and rear ends, looks for all the world like a smaller S-Class, not a bad thing considering that the S-Class is one of the most beautiful and graceful sedans in the world. This continues the generational practice of giving C Class models a lot of  design influence from the largest model,the S Class for each generation. "The bumper now has a more distinctive and dynamic design, with the front end adopting the brand's new design language. The central element of the front end is the grille, which is further enhanced by the new bumper," a Mercedes-Benz news release says."  The center air intake opens upward in a v-shape and forms the core element of the grille design. Distinctive lines emerge from the base of the aggressive arrow design in the center. Running beneath the headlamps, these character lines transition into the side profile. The out- board air intakes in the bumper are positioned very low down to give the car a more muscular stance." Meanwhile, the rear end features new character lines and shut lines, one piece "jewel cases" on the taillights, and nicely done LED indicators. The 2012 C-Class also gets a new aluminum hood, which the company says contributes to weight reduc- tion and consequently to improved fuel efficiency. The 2012 C-Class also offers five new driver assistance systems ranging from the ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system through to the Blind Spot Assist, while new-generation- generation telematics offer new infotainment and navigation features. Inside there is a new dashboard that  features a classier looking steering wheel instead of the less attractive design that some car writers have criticized in the past. Materials look greatly updated and improved over the current model.  The dashboard, Mercedes says, features a " premium, fine-grain finish and stylish trim elements, as well as a high-resolution color display in the instrument cluster. "    A Mercedes news release says, "The surfaces of the controls are more finely detailed and feature a metallic finish. The stepped hood of the instrument binnacle now extends to incorporate the central display and runs onward into the passenger side enhanced by a subtle character line. The central, trapezoidal air vents and the outer circular vents are accentuated with metallic trim elements."        You'll be able to check out the new 2012 C-Class at dealerships this summer.

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