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Click the image above for a high res gallery of the US-spec C-Class.

For those of you that either want to upgrade your current Benz or finally make the leap into German luxury sedans, Mercedes released pricing for the US-bound C-Class, and the cost of entry is approximately $2,200 less than the outgoing model.

The new C-Class benefits from a freshly styled exterior that's one of the more handsome designs to come from the automaker in recent years, and its new pricing structure undercuts its competitors, including the BMW 3-series and Lexus ES350.

If you're stingy with the options list, you can get a manual transmission, but once you get into the higher-end versions, the automatic is standard and the price goes up accordingly. Two models are available: the 228 HP C300 and the 268 HP C350, with the former coming in at $31,200, while the latter bumps up the price another $5,300 (not including the $775 destination charge). Right out of the box, the C300 comes with 17-inch rollers, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, an LCD display, eight-way power seats up front and a power sunroof. Not bad for an entry-level Merc.

Look for the new C-Class to hit dealers on August 7, with AWD models coming the following month.

All the details are available in the press release after the jump.


New Mercedes-Benz C-Class to Start at $31,975

New Models Showcase Aggressive Styling and Class-Leading Value

MONTVALE, N.J., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz announced today that the bold new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class lineup will begin at $31,975 for the new C300 Sport Sedan (228 hp, 221 lb-ft. of torque). The all-new C300 Luxury Sedan (228 hp, 221 lb-ft. of torque) will be priced at $33,675, followed by the C350 Sport Sedan (268 hp, 258 lb-ft. of torque) at $37,275. All prices include a $775 destination fee.

Set to arrive in U.S. Mercedes-Benz dealerships on August 7, the next- generation 2008 C-Class sedan is larger than its highly successful predecessor, with a greater emphasis on driving dynamics, comfort and safety. The C300 Sport and Luxury models will be available with an all new 4MATIC all- wheel-drive system mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission starting in September. An impressive list of standard equipment includes a power sunroof, eight-way power front seats with lumbar support, two-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a central controller, and an LCD display screen.

Mercedes-Benz USA, headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. In 2006, MBUSA achieved an all-time sales record of 248,080 new vehicles, setting the highest sales volume ever in its history and achieving 13 consecutive years of sales growth. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found on the Internet at http://www.mbusa.com/ and http://www.maybachusa.com/.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a Chrysler Sebring folks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      No surprises here on price. But I'm just really not impressed with Benz designs lately. I agree with earlier comments about its proportions. I'd rather have a 3-series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saw one in Italy, wasn't too impressed with the styling. The proportions don't look right.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about the C2xx models? Like a C200 C230 or C200CDI?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The USA really should get the C200 Kompressor and the C200 CDI. I know neither of these cars will be as popular as the C350, but how expensive could it possibly be for Mercedes to sell these too? The design is already done, and it is on sale in Europe. Selling the C200K in America would be as easy as flipping switches, but the CDI might not meet emissions regulations. Anyway, BRING THEM HERE!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually, none of the option packages are "must haves". A base C300 Sport with the manual transmission and no options may be my wife's next car. Much more desirable than a fully loaded Camry, Altima, Accord, etc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Any diesels in the lineup?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's be clear. A C-Class Mercedes isn't "entry level". $32,000.00 isn't entry level. Add a couple of options and you're all over $40K. Would a lesser optioned E-Class or S-Class be an entry level for those platforms? Would the Maybach be the exit level? And I agree that Merc is an incorrect appellation and disrespectful. The automobile is a MERCEDES people. Repeat after me..."M E R C E D E S". And if you can't afford one don't call it a merc. It is Ms. Mercedes to you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Give us the C220, already!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Way better than my c280 of years gone by. Had to sell after 250k miles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cant wait for the C63 pricing! I want the wagon
      • 7 Years Ago
      agreed. i dont see why mercury isn't more popular. their cars are some of the classiest looking cars on the market right now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      with the advanced agility package, you get a 13.5:1 steering ratio, which completely pwns.

      i dont care if your chassis is better or stiffer, steering ratio is the most important for every day handling and feel
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not sure why the comparisons to Bimmers. Having owned a couple of 3-series BMWs and a C-Class Merc, they are really VERY different vehicles.

      At the end of the day, the Merc is a "luxury touring" car and the Bimmer is a "luxury sporting" car. Said another way, if you spend a lot of time commuting on the freeway and very little time blasting down twisty country roads, buy a Merc.

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