2011 Mercedes C-Class is about to debut at the NAISA (North American International Auto Show), but two days before Christmas, the company has released pictures, video and details about the new compact executive saloon.

The new C-Class boasts a new front fascia, an aluminum hood, and restyled headlights. At the rear, it features a revised bumper and LED tail lights.

However, the bodyshell of the 2011 C-Class is distinguished by its outstanding aerodynamics. It has a cd figure of 0.26, which is best-in-class and its drag plane of cd x A = 0.57 m2 is also one of the best in its class.

The interior is the real deal. It is completely restyled and features some very fashionable details from the E-Class. The dashboard is new, the steering wheel is new, the controls are updated as well as the instrument cluster. The aluminum or wood trim complete the luxurious environment in the cabin.

According to safety, the new C-Class features five assistance options:

  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Park Assist incl. PARKTRONIC
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist

There will be three engine choices for the US. Probably the most important is the 1.8 liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol with 204PS (150 kW) and 310Nm (229 lb-ft). It accelerates from 0 to 60mph in 7.1 seconds and returns 24mpg on combined cycle. The other engine is the 3.5 liter V6 in C350, which is also new and develops 306PS (225 kW) and 370Nm (273 lb-ft).

2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be available to buy in January and US deliveries are scheduled for the next summer.

Price lists will be soon announced.

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