2012 Mercedes-Benz Model Year Updates

C-Class Sedan

With over 2,000 new parts, the MY12 facelifted C-Class Sedan marks the most extensive facelift in the  history of Mercedes-Benz. Along with the completely redesigned interior, highlights for the new model year include the following:

  • C250 – New 1.8L I4 (201hp), turbocharged, direct injection engine
  • C350 – New, direct-injection 3.5L V6 (302hp)

Standard equipment upgrades including automatic transmission, rain sensing wipers, auto dimming mirrors, garage door opener, compass, HD Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming,  ATTENTION ASSIST, and adaptive brake with HOLD function.

  •  New paints/wheels/upholstery options
  •  New Lane Tracking Package
  • PARKTRONIC available as stand alone option
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps standard for both sport and luxury
  • Color Instrument Cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • All non-AMG C-Class models receive the updated version of our familiar 7-speed automatic transmission which provides better fuel economy and smoother shift quality.

C-Class Coupe

The introduction of the all new MY12 C-Class Coupe will allow Mercedes-Benz to compete for the first  time in the entry level luxury coupe segment. The coupe will share many of the same styling cues found on the sedan such as a completely redesigned interior, new generation of telematics, high resolution color instrument display and increased levels of standard equipment. The coupe will also be differentiated by such standard features as:

  • Panorama sunroof
  • Steering wheel shift paddles
  • 10 way power driver seat with 3 position memory, 4 way power lumbar and power steering column
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Unique C250 wheel


As the CL-Class recently received significant updates in MY11 as part of its mid-lifecycle model enhancement, there are limited changes for MY12:

  • 359 Capri Blue is replaced by 890 Lunar Blue
  • 368 Flint Grey is replaced by 370 Andorite Grey
  • The 321 Sport Package features an all-new 19” AMG Triple 5-Spoke Wheel


The all-new 2012 CLS-Class promises to re-invent the four-door coupe segment that we created with its revolutionary predecessor. The CLS550 and CLS63 AMG already launched in June of this year, but good things come to those that wait. For the first time in the CLS-Class, we’ll introduce the 4MATIC system on the CLS550 later this summer.

 Highlights of the CLS-Class include:

  • All-new 4.6L Bi-turbo V8 (402hp) and 5.5L Bi-turbo V8 (518hp) engines
  • World’s first fully-active All-LED Headlamps
  • Electromechanical steering system for greater efficiency and better feel
  • Sport body styling standard on CLS550/CLS550 4M
  • Standard Navigation, Premium Sound, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

E-Class Sedan

The 2012 E-Class Sedan maintains its position on the forefront of design, quality, and technology. The biggest news this year is the introduction of new engines, but there are some notable updates as well.  On that note, the E550 2WD has been discontinued.

  • E350 BlueTEC: continues with 3.0L turbo-diesel engine from 2011 (210hp)
  • E350 / E350 4MATIC: new, direct-injection 3.5L V6 (302hp)
  • E550 4MATIC: new, direct-injection 4.6L Bi-turbo V8 (402hp)
  • E63 AMG: new, direct-injection 5.5L Bi-turbo V8 (518hp)

 Highlights of the E-Class Sedan include:

  • New Wheels for certain models (see Dealer Ordering Guide on AdvantagesOnline)
  • New Steering Wheels for certain models (see Dealer Ordering Guide on AdvantagesOnline)
  • Wood/Leather Steering Wheel available on sport and luxury
  • New Lane Tracking Package
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps standard for both sport and luxury
  • Color Instrument Cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • E550 4M no longer has AIRMATIC standard (available via SPC program)
  • Electromechanical Steering standard on 4MATICs and V8s (incl. AMG)
  • All non-AMG E-Class models receive the updated version of our familiar 7-speed automatic transmission which provides better fuel economy and smoother shift quality.

E-Class Wagon

The 2012 E-Class Wagon features all of the technical innovations from the E-Class Sedan, as well as some unique advantages such as seven-place seating, a standard rearview camera, and standard power liftgate. In addition, for 2012 we introduce the much awaited E63 AMG Wagon. Quad exhaust pipes and a burbling 5.5L Bi-turbo engine will surely give away that this isn’t your average grocery-getter.

 Highlights of the E-Class Wagon are the same as the E-Class Sedan, with the addition of:

  • Panorama Sunroof is standard on E63 AMG Wagon

E-Class Coupe

The 2012 E-Class Coupe continues to build on the momentum it has developed as a world-class grand touring car. The new direct injection 3.5L V6 and direct injection, bi-turbo 4.6L V8 also make their way into this coveted member of the E-Class family.

Highlights of the E-Class Coupe include:

  • LED Daytime Running Lamps standard
  • New Steering Wheels
  • New standard E350 Wheel
  • New Red / Black Leather
  • New Natural Beige / Black Leather
  • New Lane Tracking Package
  • Shift Paddles standard
  • Color Instrument Cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • Electromechanical Steering standard on V8

E-Class Cabriolet

After a strong launch year, the 2012 E-Class Cabriolet continues to demonstrate its poise and strength in the drop-top market. It follows the coupe’s logic in regards to powertrain, option packaging and wheel offerings.

Highlights of the E-Class Cabriolet are the same as the E-Class Coupe, with the addition of:

  • New Red Soft Top

SUV/Crossover family

The M/GL/GLK/R-Class models share some enhancements in common:

  • Acoustic signal when locking/unlocking
  • Improved rearview camera software
  • New ESP OFF icon
  • New garage-door opener concept (multi-color LEDs)
  • New paints Dakota Brown & Pearl Beige


Additional highlights for the GL-Class include:

  • New rear chrome trim for rear control panel (vehicles equipped with optional 3-zone climate control, Code 581; standard GL550)
  • Verde Brook paint dropped


The MY12 GLK receives a few minor updates to its successful character:

  • Media interface port moves to center console from glove box
  • New 20” 5-double spoke wheel design with Appearance Package (322)
  • Lunar Blue metallic paint replaces Capri Blue
  • Sapphire Grey metallic paint replaces Jade Green
  • Diamond White metallic paint replaces Barolo Red
  • Cuprite Brown metallic is no longer a special request option
  • KEYLESS-GO has a repositioned price at $650 and with the same functionality


For Model Year 2012, the tried and true formula that makes the G-Class such a huge success remains largely unchanged, with one exciting enhancement. The G55AMG has been discontinued for Model Year 2012, but we are now able to leverage the most appealing design elements of that model into an attractive new option package for the G550:  “Edition Select” package, Code ZQ6 $6,900 Available with 040 Black, 650 Arctic White, or 775 Iridium Silver paints

Exterior: Carbon-look molding, AMG flared fenders, AMG Sport twin exhaust, silver-painted 5-double spoke wheels

Interior: Seats in two-tone ZF3 designo Porcelain/Black w/Pebble Grey stitching, leather covered dashboard, Black w/Pebble Grey stitching, door handles, armrest, hand-brake lever, and steering wheel w/Pebble Grey stitching, “Edition Select” interior badge, designo wood trim in Black Piano Lacquer, including steering wheel & gearshift lever, illuminated door sills (4) with white “Mercedes-Benz” lettering, designo floor mats (Black w/Porcelain border, or Black w/Pebble Grey stitching if equipped with ZF7 designo Black instead of ZF3 designo Porcelain)


We are thrilled to introduce the all-new, completely redesigned MY12 M-Class. This third generation builds on the success of its two predecessors while adding the following:

  • Increased level of standard equipment
  • Increased useable storage capacity
  • Improved on-road comfort, performance and efficiency

Together with the additional standard equipment and zero price increase, the net result is a 3.2% price/value improvement. The M-Class created the luxury mid-size segment, has always been the benchmark, and now with the latest generation M-Class, we will have the most sophisticated SUV on the planet!


Additional highlights for the 2012 R-Class include the exciting new direct-injection engine:

  • New, direct-injection engine for R350V-4M with 13% more horsepower 302 hp and 273 lb- ft torque
  • 7G-TRONIC transmission, with 12% better fuel economy 16/21/18 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • New chrome trim for rear control panel (vehicles equipped with optional 3-zone climate control, Code 581)
  • Optional Sport Appearance package wheel now in “Himalaya Grey”
  • Elimination of compass in rearview mirror
  • Alpine Rain & Majestic Black paints deleted


MY12 marks the return of a diesel powertrain to the S-Class family. The S350 BlueTEC features a preliminary EPA fuel economy of 20 mpg city and an incredible 31 mpg highway all with standard 4MATIC all-wheel-drive. With 240 hp and an astounding 455 lb-ft of torque, the S350 BlueTEC sets a  new standard for power and efficiency in the premium segment. The S550 and S550 4MATIC receive the critically acclaimed 4.6 Liter Bi-Turbo V8 engine with direct injection. Increases to horsepower (+48) and torque (+125) are matched by significant improvements to fuel economy. In fact, the S550 4MATIC will no longer be subject to a Gas Guzzler Tax.

Additional product changes include:

  • 359 Capri Blue is replaced by 890 Lunar Blue
  • 368 Flint Grey is replaced by 370 Andorite Grey
  • The 321 Sport Package features an all-new 19” AMG Triple 5-Spoke Wheel


MY12 marks the final year of production for the R230 SL-Class. The Premium 1 Package is now standard on all models. Production will be limited as we prepare for the introduction of the all-new R231 SL-Class in MY13.


The all-new new 2012 SLK-Class roadster takes driving pleasure and open-air enjoyment to the next level by blending nimble handling with stylish comfort, striking sports-car design, top performance and exemplary efficiency. The SLK350 already launched in June of this year, but there’s more to come. February 2012 will see the return of a forced-induction 4-cylinder to the SLK-Class when the SLK250 is launched.

Highlights of the SLK-Class include:

  • All-new 3.5L direct-injection V6 (302hp) with significant efficiency gains
  • 3 roof system choices including the world’s first electrically-dimmable roof panel on a retractable hard-top: MAGIC SKY CONTROL
  • Debut of the updated infotainment system (NTG4.5) with an impressive list of standard features including USB port and Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Significantly improved level of standard equipment versus the previous generation


The exciting, new C63 AMG Coupe joins the C63 AMG sedan with a sinister low profile, dramatic styling and new 18-inch alloy wheels. The powerful 6.3-liter V8 is now mated to a AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-Speed MCT transmission featuring a new rotary control knob familiar from the SLS AMG. Both models receive an enhanced AMG suspension package delivering greater agility and lateral acceleration. The optional AMG Development Package produces 481 hp. and features forged pistons, connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft adopted from the SLS AMG.

The E63 AMG sedan returns with the new 5.5-liter biturbo direct-injection V8 engine (518 hp., 516-lb. ft.) paired to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-Speed MCT transmission, plus new 19-inch AMG 10-spoke wheels. 

This new engine family offers massive increases in torque (up to 43% more!) over the predecessor 6.3L M156 engine and features an ECO/Start-Stop function which seamlessly stops the engine at a standstill. Incredibly, these huge advances in engine performance are achieved while reducing fuel consumption by approximately 25% vs. the M156 engine! This demonstrates AMG’s ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility while delivering electrifying performance.

The E63 AMG Wagon (available as special order only) also debuts with standard Panorama sunroof and performance to match that of the sedan. Both models available with an optional performance package delivering 550 hp./590 lb-ft.

The new generation CLS63 AMG debuted (May) with new 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine (518 hp., 516-lb. ft.) with ECO Start/Stop technology, AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed MCT transmission and AIRMATIC rear suspension. The optional Performance Package delivers 550 hp./ 590-lb.-ft.

The exciting new SLS Roadster debuts with a perfect combination of open-top driving pleasure, outstanding driving dynamics and sophisticated lightweight construction. As the Mercedes-Benz design and performance standard-bearer, the limited-production SLS AMG was the first-ever car designed and developed from the ground up by Mercedes-AMG, the company’s high-performance brand.

With a super sports car pedigree, the SLS AMG Roadster delivers identical performance to that of the gullwing — with one major difference — a view of the open sky above. A button at the front of the center armrest operates the folding top, which can be opened or closed in 11 seconds, even when the car is moving at speeds up to 30 mph. This combination of raw performance, legendary Mercedes-Benz refinement and the visceral experience of open top motoring is sure to quicken the pulse of driving enthusiasts.

SLS AMG Enhancements for MY 2012:

  • Blind Spot Assist (standard)
  • AIRSCARF (standard Roadster only)
  • AMG Adaptive Suspension
  • New Paint: Sepang Brown
  • New Interior Color: Espresso
  • AMG Performance Media
  • Painted Calipers
  • Piano Black Lacquer Trim