NEW FOR 2011:

– LED daytime running lights standard on C300 and C350 models, optional on C250 models as part of the Sport Package
– Beige interior is now “Tone-on-Tone” and always includes Burl Walnut trim
– C250 and C300 models add media interface to the navigation package
– Rear-view camera and media interface added to the C350 Premium Package
– Rear-view camera added to C63 AMG Premium Package
– C63 AMG adds 19-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels as a stand-alone option; limited-slip differential is added to the AMG Performance Package Plus and is no longer available as a stand-alone option

For 2011, changes to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class models are mostly trim. LED daytime running lights are now standard on the C300 and C350 models, and their 4MATIC siblings, while they can be added to the C250 models as part of the optional Sport Package. A rear-view camera is now added to the Premium Packages on the C350 and C63 AMG, while the C63 AMG’s Performance Package now includes a limited-slip differential that is no longer a stand-alone option.

Ordering the beige interior now results in “Tone-on-Tone,” with a beige steering wheel and roof liner, a black backing plate on the instrument cluster instead of silver, a leather shifter instead of aluminum, and with Burl Walnut trim only. The Dynamic Handling Package, standard on the C350 and optional on the C300, adds a sport steering wheel, and so these vehicles are not available with a beige interior.

The C-Class is available in seven models: the C250 and all-wheel drive C250 4MATIC; C300 and C300 4MATIC; C350 and C350 4MATIC; and the C63 AMG. All are four-door sedans. The C250 models use a 2.5-litre V6 with six-speed manual or optional seven-speed automatic, with automatic only on the 4MATIC. The C300 uses a 3.0-litre V6 with six-speed manual or optional seven-speed automatic, and automatic only on the 4MATIC. The C350 uses a 3.5-litre V6 with seven-speed automatic. The C63 AMG uses a 6.2-litre V8 with AMG-specific seven-speed automatic.

Features on the C250 models include 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive brake with hill-start assist, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, Bluetooth connectivity, two-stage rain-sensing wipers, heated windshield washer system, eight-way power front seats, Artico leather upholstery, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment, SmartKey keyless entry and first-aid kit.

The C300 models add 17-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, six-CD/MP3 stereo, AMG styling package, bi-xenon headlamps with washers and cornering lights, power-folding auto-dimming mirrors, heated front seats, split-folding rear seats, Burl Walnut high-gloss wood trim, three-spoke sport steering wheel, and power sunroof.

The C350 models add 18-inch alloy wheels, three-zone automatic climate control, electronic compass, Harman/Kardon Logic7 Surround Sound system, Sirius satellite radio, ten-way power seats with three-position memory, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and garage door opener. The rear-wheel drive C350 also adds Dynamic Handling Package and wheel-mounted shift paddles.

The C63 AMG adds 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, AMG sport suspension, AMG Nappa leather upholstery, and black bird’s-eye maple trim. The Harman/Kardon stereo system is optional.

Depending on the model, there are available option packages that include such items as navigation system, rear window sunshade, and panoramic sunroof.

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