In a report published earlier last week by Automotive News, Mercedes-Benz USA president and CEO Ernst Lieb told the industry mag that when the newly-unveiled C-Class arrives in the US this September, it'll sport a more aggressive look than its European counterpart.
What does that mean? Well, we don't know, but we'll happily don our speculation caps. When you consider that the new C will be sold in Sport (top left) and Luxury (top right) trim levels when it hits the Continent in March, it makes us think that maybe we won't see the more staid-looking Luxury version in US dealerships. The Sport, with its grille-mounted 3-pointed star, snazzy 5-spokes and AMG fascia, is clearly the more aggressive of the two. We can't imagine MB would do anything too drastic (read: costly) to separate the US car from the Euro-model, so exporting the only sportier of the two seems like a pretty good possibility to us.
How will it shake out? We'll find out in September. But if it's as simple as sending over the C-Class Sport by itself, you won't hear any complaints from us.
[Source: Automotive News -- sub req'd]