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The official brochure for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has surfaced over on the German Car Zone forums, and it reveals in full production glory the car that we've seen countless times in spy shots over the past year. The first thing that jumps out at you is the ginormous three-pointed star emblem that dominates the front grille on the Avant Garde and AMG Sport Package models. A trim called Elegance will apparently make do with a standard Mercedes grille. We dig the big badge, which was also previewed on the Vision GL420 Concept at the Detroit Auto Show. This indicates we should expect more MB models to sport the large three-pointed star on various trim levels over the next few years. Otherwise, the sedan's exterior lines are a little meatier, a little chunkier and more filling, like Campbell's soup. M'm, m'm, good.

The interior of the 2008 C-Class impresses us less, however, with a wonky steering wheel and old-school nav setup that has the screen popping up vertically from a hidden slot on the dash. We didn't like that feature in the first Infinitis with nav systems and we don't like it here. There does, however, appear to be a large information screen centered in speedomater reminiscent of what Chrysler uses in the Pacifica. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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[Source: German Car Zone via Jalopnik]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      What's the big deal about this car? If it was a value it would be nice, but it's guaranteed to be $5-7k overpriced. The interior looks like crap too. Lots of black plastic up top and I think that pop-up nav system looks cheap. Makes me think of the Mazda 3. If you're going to be overpriced and your (mindless) customers are willing to pay it, the last thing you can afford to be is cheap-looking.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They've moved the design up by 5 years, so they're only... 5 years behind now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ooops, I meant C-Class in # 20!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The steering wheel was the first thing that stood out to me... and it's awful. The corporate GM pick ups and Tahoes of the later 90's used this "Space Invaders" designed. Was ugly back then, and is still ugly now. Looks like a knitting ball with needles sticking out. Can't believe it passed as acceptable. The rest of the car looks dumpy and frumpy, with a sagging, old person's ass. Maybe this will be the next Buick. I hope it looks better in person, not impressed at all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the styling of this new mercedes- a sort of mix of CL-class and GL-class styling cues. I'm relieved that it's not just a shunken S-class. This new desing direction is one of MB's greatest qualities compared to BMW (not Audi though). The grill is my only quam. Two grill designs for two trims? That's just silly...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm liking it. Are we going to see it at the Chicago Auto Show next month?
      • 8 Years Ago
      interior doesnt look very upscale. CTS interior looks better to me. i like the front.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess I'll be keeping my '06 C230 Sport for a while. While I approve of the move away from the current model's guitar-shaped headlights, I'm not nuts about the new "sport" grill or the new interior (even with the slightly less Tahoe-ish steering wheel I've seen in some other photos of the sport model's dash). And even if Mercedes were to buck the industry trend toward paddle-shifted automatics and let me choose a six-speed manual transmission again the next time around, I'd apparently still have to stomp on a foot-operated parking brake, just like when I learned to drive in my dad's mid-seventies Impala.

      Back to the outside... I also don't like the way the hood cut-line has lapped over onto the fender, a la the Saab 9-5. But what really ruins it for me is the droopy butt. The hind end on these cars is short enough without visually chopping it even more with the latest styling cliche to sweep the auto industry... tail-light cut-lines that line up with the sweep of the C-pillar when viewed from the side. Overall, it's not as ugly as one of Bangle's misbegotten creations, but it's a definite step in the wrong direction as far as I'm concerned.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Exactly right LVD and C

      If you remove that logo from the front, its a very unimpressive car. Once that badge is there though, all the followers realize what an amazing design it is, and how much better it is than everything else.
      • 8 Years Ago
      On the subject of the SatNav screen, I think this is the best ergonomic option - close to the eyeline when you need it, out of sight when it's off. Works like a charm on my Volvo V70 - much better than trying to look down into the middle of the dash.
      • 8 Years Ago
      COME ON !!
      Those pics are more stretched out than Paris Hilton's, errh, biography. The car looks longer than an E class.
      I wonder what it will look like without camera tricks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bravo for burying that nav screen, like in the Audi A8. Having a big honking screen in the middle of the car distracts from the main driver cluster, and buries simple HVAC and Radio controls in countless menus.

      Give me an on/off switch for the radio, and a dial for the climate control (BMW)! There is a happy medium between 100 buttons (Acura, Lexus, some Audis), and ONE joystick (BMW). iDrive needs to follow suit: bury the nav screen and give me back the radio and climate buttons (like in the X3).
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