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New C-Class

As the abundant test mules photographs show, Mercedes-Benz have in preparation their new premium medium sedan, the C-class. The old rival for the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, is suppose to enter the arena with a new installment in 2007, at the Geneva International Motorshow. The station wagon is scheduled six month later and the platform-sharing CLK coupe and cabriolet are due in 2008.

The new C-Class is a key- model for Mercedes-Benz, as it makes a really important percentage of the total sales. It is not the technological showcase, S-Class is, but it is one of the vehicles to make the brand profitable. Apparently, for cost reduction purposes, it will share the same technical platform with the larger E-Class, but it will be tuned for a much more sharper driver response. Mercedes-Benz intends to make the new C-Class for the very first time a true sports saloon, and not a smaller answer to the E. This intention is justified by the major success recently seen by the sporty BMW 3-Series.

The official unveiling will be held at the Geneva 2007 Motor Show with sales starting shortly after. The station wagon is suppose to arrive six months later, in the fall of 2007. Sharing the same platform and design tendencies will be the new CLK coupe and cabriolet.

It’s a clear thing that the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will directly target the BMW’s E90 3 Series. Like the rest of the medium luxury sedans, the C-Class was never able to match the BMW success. The previous generation brought the battle closer with new engines, sport suspensions and sporty styling revisions. All these changes have helped, but the C-Class was still no match for the 3 Series. It was good against the Audi A4 and Lexus IS, but not great.

The new C-Class is not expected to grow much in size and the styling will also not make a radical change. As seen on test prototypes the front lights seem to have a more square appearance in contrast with the curvaceous lines of the previous model.

The rear-end design is expected to feature elements from the latest S-Class, translated in a sportier general feel. As you can see from the renderings provided by our designers the car will have a more athletic and sturdy stance. All of these will e mixed with the current tendencies of maximizing interior room and comfort.

The sophisticated air suspension or the Active Body Control will not be offered due to cost reduction reasons. The expected power-units will be the basis direct injection 4-cylinder 1.8-litre with power ranging between 150 and 190 bhp. The 2.5- and 3.5-liter V6 will offer 210 and 270 bhp respectively. The top AMG 5.4-litre is expected to be updated in order to match the Audi RS4 and future BMW M3, and will offer about 400-410 bhp. Also available will be the 3.0-litre diesel and the new Command operating concept found in the new S-Class, but in a simplified version. 4MATIC AWD system is most likely to be available as well.

Prices are expected to increase slightly, but they will not make a big departure from the current models.

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Hi, Its been suggested from this UK televsion webcast that the new C Class AMG will have a 6.3L engine shoehorned into it. Check the link below and click Episode 9 to view the footage. What is going on with the Benz styling the new GL and now C look weak to me, just look distinctively like other cars in the same sector.

Just hope they release a 2007 AMG Black Series Saloon in the UK thats a thrown back of the 190E Evo2. Those things used to be mini Batmobiles in the late 80s, before japanese 4pot turbos took off.
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