Face-lifted Mercedes C-Class for 2011

Mercedes has announced details of face-lifted versions of the C-Class, which will be available from March 2011.

The exterior changes follow Mercedes new design direction first seen on the new CLS. Highlights include the more aggressive front bumper with driving lights, the more prominent grille, a revised bonnet which is now made of lighter aluminium and curvier headlights. There's also a new rear bumper and LED light clusters at the back.

Inside, the biggest change is a restyled dashboard with an integrated screen and a higher quality plastic grained finish.
To compliment the exterior and interior changes there are some tweaks under the bonnet. All C-Class models now have improved fuel consumption figures by up to 31 per cent; this is achieved by fitting stop/start and changing the gear ratios. Now classed as BlueEFFICIENCY units, all four-cylinder petrol engines have direct injection and are turbocharged, plus there's a new 306bhp version of the C350.

Mercedes 3-Series rival will be safe too, with a total of ten new driving assistance systems ranging from Attention Assist drowsiness detection to Distronic Plus proximity control available.

The face-lifted C-Class also sees the debut of a new telematics system which will be gradually introduced to other models in the range. Key features are it's easier to use, has a larger display, features telephone directory transfer, and display of SMS messages, wireless music reproduction via Bluetooth and a USB interface fitted in the centre armrest.

The COMAND multimedia system now offers internet access for the first time (via the driver's data enabled mobile phone). Basically, when the car is stationary, driver's will be able to browse freely or surf to a Mercedes-Benz Online service which features integrated services such as weather information and a special destination search via Google, as well as the option of downloading a route that has been previously configured on a PC using Google Maps and sent to the car.

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