Mercedes-benz C-class at the New York International Auto Show

by : Dwyane Thomas

DaimlerChrysler maker of Mercedes vehicles and quality will present its fourth generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan in an official North American debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show which will open to the public starting April 6 to 15, 2007 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The next-generation 2008 C-Class sedan is slightly bigger than its successful predecessor and was made even more agile, comfortable and safe.

The appearance of the new mid-size C-Class reveals the latest Mercedes design idiom that is characterized by the edgy interplay of taut lines with wide and rounded surfaces. The revised suspension and steering of the new C-Class makes it more agile along with a new slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission for the C300 Sport model.

For the US market the new C-Class will be launched this fall with three V6-powered models namely the C350 Sport, the C300 Luxury, and the C300 Sport. Both the C300 Sport and Luxury models will be available with an all new 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system that is mated to a seven-speed transmission. Standard equipment includes a power sunroof, eight-way power front seats with lumbar support, two-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and a central controller with a seven-inch display screen.

Here is the list of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Preliminary Technical Data:

C300, C300 4MATIC; C350

Vehicle type - Four-door, five passenger sedan

Body - Steel unit body; aluminum front fenders, doors hood and trunk lid

Aerodynamic drag (Cd) - 0.29, 0.30

Frontal area (sq. ft. / m2) - 2.17, 2.18

Engine - 90-degree V6

Material - Aluminum block and cylinder heads; iron cylinder liners

Valve design - Four valves per cylinder

Valvetrain - Double overhead camshaft per cylinder bank;

Duplex chain driven; variable valve timing

Intake System - Two-stage intake manifold, tumble flaps

Fuel System - Sequential multi-point electronic fuel injection

Ignition System - One centrally mounted spark plug

and ignition coil per cylinder

Emission controls - Internal EGR, secondary air injection,

Two three-way catalytic converters with linear oxygen sensors

Displacement (cu. In./cc) - 182.7 / 2996, 213.5 / 3498

Bore (in./mm) - 3.46 / 88.0, 3.66 / 92.9

Stroke (in./mm) - 3.23 / 82.1, 3.39 / 86.0

Compression ratio - 11.1 : 1, 10.7 : 1

Horsepower (SAE @ rpm) - 228 @ 6,000, 268 @ 6,000

Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm) - 221 @ 2,700 - 5,000, 258 @ 2,400 - 5,000

Max. engine speed - 6,500, 6,700

Automatic Transmission - Seven-speed, adaptive shift logic and Touch Shift

Manual Transmission - Six-Speed (RWD C300 Sport only)