2007 Frankfurt Auto Show: 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon

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  • Competes with: BMW 3 Series wagon, Audi A4 Avant
  • Looks like: The old C-Class got anti-Botoxed, meaning more sharp lines and creases were added everywhere
  • Drivetrain: 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with seven-speed automatic; 228-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 with six-speed manual or automatic; rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Sometime in 2008

We were impressed with Mercedes-Benz’s new C-Class in sedan form, and now we’re assured a wagon is on the way as well. The wagon as a class unto itself is dwindling fast in the U.S., but European automakers are still developing them. The C-Class Estate, as it’s known on the other side of the pond, has two distinctly different front grilles, just like the sedan. The Sport model maintains a large emblem front and center, and the Luxury model features thin lines more akin to the larger S-Class.

The new C-Class wagon has almost 10% more cargo volume than the outgoing model. There’s also a standard collapsible shopping grate, which sounds useful even though we’re not sure what it is. There’s also an optional power tailgate and additional storage dividers. 

With this radically different new look, perhaps the C-Class will rekindle the motoring public’s love for wagons. More photos below.

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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

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