Mercedes-Benz has radically redesigned its entry-level sedan for 2008. The new C-Class is upgraded in almost every way, besides its initial engine choices. The better news is that the 2008 C-Class’ pricing starts below last year’s equivalent models — to the tune of $2,200 less — but you’ll only enjoy those great savings if you want a manual transmission. The previously standard automatic will run $1,440 in the base model; it’s standard in the higher trim levels. Factoring that in, you’re still around $700 less for the ’08 model. With either transmission, the new C-Class is now priced below the BMW 3 Series, Lexus ES350 and Acura TL.
The C-Class has two models: the 228-hp C300 starts at $31,200, and the 268-hp C350 starts at $36,500. There is an additional $775 destination charge.
Standard equipment in the C300 includes a power sunroof, eight-way power front seats with lumbar support, two-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth and an LCD display screen.
The new C-Class goes on sale August 7, with all-wheel-drive models following in September. For full pricing and option package information, keep reading.
C-Class Base Price
- C300 Sport Sedan: $31,200
- C300 Luxury Sedan: $32,900
- C350 Sport Sedan: $36,500
P1 Option Package — $1,400 (standard on C350) includes:
• Satellite Radio
• Heated Seats
• Autodimming/folding mirrors
• Garage Door Opener
• Rain Sensor
P2 Option Package — $2,750 includes all of P1 features and:
• Bi-Xenon Headlamps
• Corner-Illuminating Foglamps
• Split-Folding Rear Seat
• Rear Sunshade
Multimedia Package — $2,700
• COMAND Navigation
• 6-Disc DVD Changer
• Harman/kardon LOGIC 7 Surround Sound
• Voice Control
Stand Alone Options:
• 7-Speed Automatic (standard on C300 Lux and C350 Sport;): $1,440
• 6-Disc in-dash CD Changer: $450
• Panorama Sunroof : $1,000
• Leather Upholstery: $1,550
• TeleAid: $820
• 18″ AMG Split Spoke Alloy Wheels (RWD sport only): $1,000
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