Mercedes released photos of its updated 2012 C-Class, which adds to the entry vehicle lineup a generous handful of technology upgrades and improved fuel economy.
The C-Class vehicles are set to receive Attention Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Parking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Blind Spot Assist for added safety. The next-generation infotainment and navigation system will get new features, including the ability to display text messages. And it may also add Nokia Terminal mode, according to an article in Telematics News.
Citing Automobilwoche.de, Telematics News reports that the 2012 C-Class will feature COMAND Online, which brings in Internet access and functionality through the occupant's smartphone. Using Terminal Mode, occupants will be able to access the Internet on the in-dash display using the vehicle's infotainment interface. Nokia is the only phonemaker that has announced support of Terminal Mode, although BlackBerry subsidiary QNX also promoted this capability at the Society of Automotive Engineers conference in October.
Technology changes aren't limited to safety and telematics. Mercedes adds a new aluminum hood to reduce weight and increase fuel economy on all versions. The carmaker will now be offering a turbocharged four-cylinder engine on the new C250 model, which is expected to achieve 24 mpg on the highway. The C350 Sport Sedan will be outfitted with Mercedes' new V-6 engine. The new six-cylinder engine adds 34 hp more than the 2011 model year, yet manages to receive a slight uptick in fuel economy to a combined 21 mpg. All C-Class models will now receive the seven-speed automatic transmission.