Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the facelifted C-Class at the Detroit auto show.

The C-Class now features improved fuel-economy for the lineup, up to 31 percent, thanks to a stop/start system that is now standard on all variants. Mercedes-Benz is also promising most future C-Class automatics will come with the brand's 7G-Tronic Plus transmission, also contributing to falling consumption and CO2 emissions for the range.

The C-Class comes in two trim/equipment levels - Elegance and Avantgarde.

Options include the COMAND Online telematics system (priced from €3,070.20) which features Internet access from inside the cabin and a function whereby a driver can download previously established routes from Google maps right into the navigation system.

As is always the case with Mercedes, the C-Class also comes with advanced safety functions such as are offered in the Driving Assistance package PLUS (€2,320.50) which includes lane-departure warning and collision-avoiding brake assistance.

European prices for the new C-Class start at €32,695.25 for the C180 BlueEfficiency with 115 kW (156 PS).

Check out the press release for full details.

Gallery: 2012 Mercedes C-Class facelift world debut in Detroit, European pricing announced

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