2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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What Changed for 2008:
  • Completely redesigned for 2008

  • Longer and wider than the model it replaces

  • Three engine choices include an AMG-sourced 457-hp V-8

  • 6-speed manual transmission available

  • New Agility Control suspension

  • Unique grille used to differentiate models

  • Available 4Matic all-wheel-drive (AWD) system on C300 models
The 2008 C-Class is the fourth generation of the smallest sedan offering from Mercedes-Benz. After seven years of development, the all-new C-Class is larger, wider, and more refined than the model it replaces, according to Mercedes. In a first for a C-Class, the wedge-shape front end features a signature radiator grille that is used to distinguish the Luxury model from the Sport offerings.

Model Lineup
There are four different models in the 2008 C-Class lineup. They include the C300 Luxury Sedan, C300 Sports Sedan, C350 Sport Sedan, and the C63 AMG. The C300 Luxury and C300 Sport Sedans share the same 228-hp V-6 engine, yet offer different standard transmissions (the Luxury is equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission, while the Sport receives a standard 6-speed manual transmission). The C350 Sport Sedan boasts a more powerful 268-hp V-6 engine and is only available with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Both Sport models offer AMG-style body cladding, Mercedes Agility Control sport suspension, and a unique grille treatment.

The C63 AMG is a performance-oriented version of the C-Class. It shares the same chassis, but many of the mechanical and cosmetic components have been significantly upgraded. The 457-hp engine is more powerful, and it is supported by numerous suspension and braking enhancements. The interior of the C63 AMG receives many AMG-specific appointments. These include deeply bucketed sport seats, special upholstery, and a distinctive instrument cluster.

Three engines are available in the new, 2008 C-Class. The standard powerplant for both C300 models is a 3.0-liter, 228-hp V-6 engine that produces 221 lb.-ft. of torque. A 7-speed automatic, or 6-speed manual transmission, are model-dependent options. 4Matic, a full-time AWD system offered by Mercedes, is available on both C300 models. The C350 Sport model features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 268 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is a 7-speed automatic with Touch Shift manual control. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard on the C300 and C350 models, with 18-inch wheels available as an upgrade. The C63 AMG offers a four-valve 6.3-liter V-8 engine rated at 457 hp. More than 440 lb.-ft. of torque is transferred through the standard AMG 7G-Tronic transmission. EPA fuel economy figures have not been released.

Drivers and passengers in the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class are protected with dual-stage front and side-impact air bags, an active front head restraint, and 3-point seat belts with an emergency tensioning device and force limiters. In addition, all models are equipped with window curtain air bags protecting the outboard passengers in both the front and rear rows. The C63 AMG has an additional knee air bag for the driver. The 2008 C-Class has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

In the 2008 model, the Keyless Go system replaces the traditional car key with a wireless transponder, giving drivers the convenience of unlocking and starting their C-Class without removing the transponder from pocket or purse. An available Mercedes-Benz COMAND system (Cockpit Management And Navigation Device) is the hub for most of the navigation, entertainment and communication systems within the C-Class. Also available is the Harman Kardon LOGIC7 discrete multi-channel surround-sound system with voice control, an iPod integration kit, 6-disc CD changer, and a Tele Aid security and communications system.

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