Mercedes revamps the C-Class sedan for 2012 and adds an attractive new coupe to the mix. Both begin with the C250 Sport featuring a new 201-bhp 1.8-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder turbo. The C350 nets a 302-bhp 3.5-liter V-6. Targeting enthusiasts, the top C63 AMG has a 451-bhp 6.2-liter V-8. Sedans also offer a C300 4Matic with a 228-bhp 3.0-liter V-6. Standard 7-speed automatics include a Speedshift multiclutch version for the C63. Redesigned interiors gain new audio with a 5.8-in. color display, Bluetooth and USB port. Coupes receive standard paddle shifters, sport bucket seats and split-folding rear seats. Attention Assist, Adaptive Brake with Hold function, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Sport Assist are among C-Class safety features.
The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is a mid-size SUV perfectly suited to the urban family lifestyle. It is offered in both front- and four-wheel drive configurations, providing performance and styling without sacrificing comfort.
The seven-passenger Pathfinder Hybrid is available in three trim levels: S, SV and Platinum. The Hybrid system is comprised of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor which, combined, produce 250-hp. A CVT transmission sends power to the wheels. The S trim is well equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, cruise control; SV trims add power driver seat and Bluetooth; Platinum trim receives 20-inch alloy wheels, Around View parking aid, and navigation system. Safety features found on every Pathfinder include electronic stability and traction control systems, anti-lock disc brakes, active anti-whiplash head restraints, and a tire pressure monitor with Nissan's Easy-Fill Tire Alert system.
The LINCOLN MKS is a full-size luxury sedan that has been engineered to capture the attention of a younger demographic by focusing on a clean and elegant overall design. The LINCOLN MKS incorporates all the top-grade luxury items that many have grown to expect from LINCOLN.
The LINCOLN MKS offers customers the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Power comes from a 305-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring SelectShift with paddle activation. Optional on the all-wheel drive is a 365-hp 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, resulting in V8 power while maintaining the fuel efficiency of a V6. Standard features include MyLincoln Touch with 8-inch touch screen, remote vehicle start, heated and cooled front seats, HID headlamps, SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system, and a rear view camera. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, LED brake lights, traction control, stability control, and a post crash alert system.
For 2013, the LINCOLN MKS carries over with minimal changes, a rear view camera is added to standard equipment on all models and there are a few new exterior colours to choose from.
The Acura TL is a dynamic mid-sized sedan with a winning combination of performance and luxury, offered in a choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations. The front-wheel drive TL is outfitted with a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the all-wheel drive TL SH-AWD features a more powerful 305-hp 3.7-liter V6. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, featuring Sequential SportShift manual mode and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters; a conventional six-speed manual transmission is available on the all-wheel drive model. Acura's exclusive Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system enhances grip, stability and all-weather control, while an electric power assist steering system on both models provides direct feedback. Every TL is equipped with a power moonroof, Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, heated front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio and HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity. The TL SH-AWD is further distinguished by exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, bumper-integrated front brake cooling ducts and quad tailpipes. A Technology Package is available on both models, including a navigation system with voice activation, keyless access, upgraded audio, premium leather and a rear decklid spoiler with integrated rearview camera. An Advance Package offers heated and cooled front seats, blind spot information system, and upgraded wheels.
The Chevrolet Malibu emphasizes civilized road manners, quality construction and practicality, with clean, contemporary styling.
The 2014 Malibu is available in LS, LT, LTZ and Eco trims and with a choice of three engines, each backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The base engine is a direct-injected 196-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that for 2014 features auto stop/start. Available engines include a 259-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and for the Eco trim a 182-hp 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine with an eAssist system that enables regenerative braking, start-stop functionality, and electric power assistance. Standard safety features include 10 airbags, stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and OnStar with RemoteLink and Turn-by-Turn navigation. Available features include a seven-inch touchscreen radio display and Chevrolet MyLink Touch with streaming audio.
For 2014 the Malibu carries over with minor interior and exterior styling changes and some upgrades to the list of standard features for the Eco trim.