• Nov 8, 2006
To be totally honest, when we heard that there were new shots of the Mercedes Benz C-Class floating around the webiverse, we didn't pay much attention. We've seen so damn many of them over the past few months that more pics of the camo'd four-door sedan are hardly enough to get our attention anymore. Then we saw them.
Frau Priddy and her long-lensed militia were able to catch the entry-level Merc virtually uncovered and snapped a pic of the rear three-quarter view. Although none of this anything revolutionary, the accompanying shots leave about as much to the imagination as a copy of Penthouse, since the camo is practically shrink-wrapped onto the body panels.

According to Priddy, we should see the C-Class unveiled this March in Geneva, with coupe, convertible and wagon variants to debut over the following year. Expect power on the low end of the line to utilize a 1.8-liter four, producing between 150 and 190 HP, with the higher ups receiving either a 2.5-liter V6 making 210 HP or a 3.5-liter V6 dishing out 270 HP. Naturally, an AMG version will be offered and will be graced with the tuning division's 5.4-liter V8 making over 400 HP in order to do battle with its hi-po German competition.

Diesels, 4MATIC all-wheel-drive and an "iDrive-like" interface pulled from the S-class will also be available when the new model is released.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      What a disappointment. The back end slopes off just like a '98 Altima. Same with the backlights. Terrible... no substance, femmine, and soft.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The new design is really disappointing. At the back it looks like Honda SI http://us.autos1.yimg.com/img.autos.yahoo.com/ag/honda_civicsi_6spdmtwnavandperformancetires_2006_exterior_5_346x270.jpg
      The previous W203 body is much better.
      I am expecting the engineers to pull some more horse power of those engines. Infinity and Lexus for example kicked 306 hp out of 3.5L V6 engine. Acura follows with 286 hp. BMW are getting in the turbo chargers market with 3.0L I6 which outputs 300hp.

      Don't get me wrong, I am driving Mercedes C Class, but I think the car is falling behind its rivals.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Eh.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh well, I remember this board being all crying about the way the new CL looks after seing one or two areas of the car. Then all the sudden it was revealed and everyone who downed it was raving. Now you have seen a rear lens.....wow, big item to make a final judgement on. Why not wait until you can see the whole thing before complaining.
      • 8 Years Ago
      there are some more shots in www.germancarfans.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      looks even more pussyfied than the current model... m-b as a brand is going down the drain.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Erm. Now Mercedes is producing a look-alike to a Chinese car? Isn't it normally the other way around so far?

      http://www.bydauto.com.cn/ver2/car/f3/waiguan3.jpg
      http://www.bydauto.com.cn/ver2/car/f3/waiguan5.jpg
      http://www.bydauto.com.cn/ver2/car/f3/waiguan9.jpg
      • 8 Years Ago
      If the interior is much improved and the quality/reliability starts to approach MB of old, this will be a hit. It's a little hard to visualize exactly what the front will look like (mainly the shape and size of the headlight assembly), the rear looks pretty nice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Poor reliability, Questionable Styling, Not so great performance, High price tag.
      I don't see this car being a success by any means.

      The C class will always be inferior to the 3 series and other sports sedans in this class.
      • 8 Years Ago

      With the Lexus IS garnering so much interest, Mercedes will need all the help it can in maintaining its market share in this category.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I actually like the new style--it goes back to the more old-school conservative look, which is fine. Frankly I think the 3-series segment is saturated with the "Grrr look at me I'm angry" look--esp for the front end.

      The key is whether the sucker is reliable, and whether the handling characteristics have improved.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The second picture, with the front fascia taped up/covered, reminds me - just a bit mind you - of the previous generation Hyundai Elantra. Now what does that say about MB styling?
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