Posted Jun 11th 2012 11:15AM
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class range just received a substantial update for the 2012 model year, but some new changes are already in the works for 2013. The all-wheel-drive C300 4Matic is slated to get a new 3.5-litre direct-injected engine, according to Car and Driver.
Currently, the C300 4Matic is powered by a sluggish 3.0-litre V6, only putting out 228 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. That, combined with a 3,737-pound curb weight, is why the current model takes 7.1 seconds to get to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) and only returns fuel economy ratings of 13 L/100km (18 miles per gallon) in the city and 9.4 L/100km (25 mpg) highway. (For reference, a 2012 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro with Tiptronic returns 11.2/8.1 L/100km (21/29 mpg).)
This new engine, a detuned version of the 3.5-litre V6 found in the C350 sedan, produces 248 hp and 251 lb-ft – gains of 20 and 30, respectively. The 2013 C300 4Matic comes equipped with fuel-saving features like an eco mode and automatic start/stop, and while official fuel economy numbers haven't been announced as of this writing, we can only assume that a modest improvement is in order.