Mercedes-Benz USA launches a bigger Baby Benz imbibing the Mercedes standards. “The C-Class is a gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand,” said Bernie Glaser, general manager, product management. The new Mercedes C-Class gets minor facelift for 2008 while the least-expensive 2007 model is discontinued. The new C-Class sedan has $31,975 as manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the C300 Sport model, with a standard six-speed manual transmission. The 2008 C300 Luxury model is $33,675, with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Sales of those three models start on August 7. All-wheel-drive 4Matic models will be available starting in September. The 2008 C-Class is the third generation of the Mercedes entry-level car. In 1993, the C-Class replaced the 190 Class, and the next generation C-Class generation debuted in 2000.
The all-new C-Class offers an impressive list of exciting features, including:
- A choice of two V-6 engines (3.0 or 3.5 liter sport sedan and 3.0 liter luxury sedan)
- Standard 7-speed automatic transmission (optional on C300 Sport Sedan)
- Standard 8-way power driver and passenger seats
- Adaptive brakes
- Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
- Burl Walnut trim (luxury sedan) or Aluminum trim (sport sedan)
- DIRECT CONTROL adaptive suspension system with selective damping for comfort and handling
- Standard Bluetooth® connectivity
- Aggressive AMG bodystyling on sport sedan models
- Standard power sunroof
- Six standard air bags
- 17-inch twin-spoke aluminum wheels (Optional 18-inch twin-spoke aluminum wheels on C300 and C350 Sport Sedans)
With the 2008 model, Mercedes is also trying to make its “Sport” and “Luxury” C-Class models more distinct from each other.