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Mercedes has made the wait for tomorrow¯¯¯s Detroit Auto Show a little more interesting: the new C-Class is out. Styled like a shrunken S-Class; the new C is no longer the cheap and cheerful, volume-selling workhorse it once was. As is the current trend, model numbers only roughly illustrate engine displacement: available options are the C300, which comes with a 2-liter 240 horsepower turbo four with 273 ft-lbs, the C400 powered by a 3 liter turbo V6 with 329 horsepower and 354 ft-lbs of torque. For the US market, initial models will come with Mercedes¯¯¯ 4matic all wheel drive system as standard. This new compact luxury car gains 3 inches in wheelbase and nearly 4 inches in height, which Mercedes-Benz say is to accommodate taller drivers and passengers. On the topic of incremental changes, the Mercedes COMAND system now uses GPS to determine the vehicle¯¯¯s proximity to tunnels and automatically sets the HVAC to recirculate when it determines that the car is in a tunnel. The Germans have not lost the art of charging extra for features that should be standard equipment; H7 halogen headlamps are standard to keep the price of entry down and two different LED headlamp variants available; a first for this class is adjustable air suspension, as well as the standard, but redesigned multilink, steel suspension, and a sports suspension.
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