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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class CDI

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class CDI



The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has adopted a far more dramatic look than its dowdy predecessor, and it's supported by a new, more spacious passenger cabin and a wider array of technology. The third-generation C-Class (code-named "W204") will go on sale in the U.S. late this summer.

This is a slightly larger car than before, as the second-generation C-Class it replaces offers just 85.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the current Audi A4 affords 90.1 cubic feet of space and the BMW 3 Series has 93.0 cubic feet. The wheelbase of the new Benz has been stretched and the track has been widened fractionally front and rear.

The interior is genuinely spacious in the rear, with plenty of room for 6-footers. This is a matter of some importance, because the C-Class is a popular choice for taxi companies in Germany, where 30 percent of production is sold. Once it arrives on these shores, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be available in two different models. The C300 will have two levels of equipment, Sport and Luxury. The C350 will be available only as a Sport model.




Fuel consumption of the four-cylinder CDI engines reduced by 0.3 litres.Further development of the four-cylinder units was also the main focus for the diesel engines. The engineers in Stuttgart have made further improvements to the engine, turbocharger and common-rail direct injection, modifying more than 90 components. As a result of these measures the new C 200 CDI has eleven percent more output than the preceding model, with 100 kW/136 hp versus the previous 90 kW/122 hp.

The C 220 CDI develops a peak output of 125 kW/170 hp (previously 110 kW/150 hp), and generates a torque of 400 newton metres from 2000 rpm - around 18 percent more than before. Fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 0.3 litres per 100 kilometres: in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the C 200 CDI and C 220 CDI are able to travel 100 kilometres on just 6.1 litres of fuel.

The modern V6-engines in the C-Class range remain unchanged, with a choice of three petrol units developing 150 kW/204 hp, 170 kW/231 hp and 200 kW/272 hp. The six-cylinder of the new C 320 CDI has an output of 165 kW/224 hp. With the exception of the C 350, all models in the new C-Class are equipped with a six-speed transmission featuring AGILITY CONTROL gearshift as standard. The top-of-the-range C 350 has 7G-TRONIC, the world’s only seven-speed automatic transmission, as standard equipment. This is also available for the other six-cylinder C-Class models on request.



For transmission choices, the C300 Sport will have a short-throw, six-speed manual, while the C300 Luxury will feature the seven-speed automatic currently available in the present car. Meanwhile the C350 Sport will also have a seven-speed automatic. Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive system will be offered on C300 Sport and Luxury models only starting in the fall.

The new car's suspension carries over the current C-Class' front MacPherson struts and a five-link independent rear suspension, but the components are lighter, which should improve both handling and ride comfort. In addition, Mercedes has designed a variable-rate damper system called "Agility Control" that will be available as an option starting with the 2009 model year.

Mercedes has also brought the adaptive brake technology of the S-Class to the entry-level Benz, and we'll see if this proves to be a blessing or a curse. The system includes brake assist to improve response in critical situations, a mode that lightly skims water from the rotors in wet weather to improve brake action, and even start-off assist to help the car hold its position on steep hills. Standard 17-inch wheels carry 45-series tires, while 18-inch wheels with 40-series tires will be available as an option.



The 2008 C-Class picks up many of the styling cues from the S-Class sedan, presenting a look we think is far more interesting. The blunt nose of the S-Class has been adopted, making the small sedan look far more serious. The crease along the car's flanks recalls the character line of the BMW 3 Series, while the back of the car makes us think of the Audi A4.

In Europe, there will be three exterior trim levels: Avantgarde, Elegance and Classic. The striking Avantgarde has a coupelike front end with a unique cover for the front bumper plus a three-louver grille with a large, centrally positioned Mercedes star.

The Elegance and Classic trim levels have traditional upright grilles and wear the Mercedes star in the traditional spot on top of the nose, tall and proud. There's also a new look for the interior, notably a vast expanse of plastic for the dashboard that's relieved by a two-tone color treatment.

The instrumentation for the Sport models has a coupelike style treatment, with silver bezels, black dials and orange indicator needles. The center stack of controls has been inspired by the S-Class and attempts to position frequently used functions within easy reach of the driver. A multifunction steering wheel with links to the instrumentation cluster will be standard equipment.

As you'd expect, the audio-navigation system offers more infotainment features, including a Bluetooth-compatible telephone connection, a 30-gigabyte hard disc for the navigation system that includes a music server with a 4-gigabyte memory, and a DVD player.

Improved safety has been one of the primary goals of the redesign, so 70 percent of the 2008 C-Class' new body shell is built with high-strength steel. There's the usual complement of seven airbags, including curtain-type head protection bags that extend from the A- to C-pillar in a side impact.
 
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Old 04-08-2007, 11:08 PM
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Copied the wrong engine. Should be good now.
 
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Nice write up there thanks. Old now i know, but i drove this car the other day and its fantastic
Bytheway anybody know anything about this car parts place ? They're opening a branch near me, could be useful?
 
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