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Mercedes-Benz C300/ C350 Overview

The compact and mid-size luxury sedan market is getting to be kind of like a big party in a small room. It's not the largest segment of the market by a long stretch, but everybody's got to have a car in it these days, it seems. It's not as jam-packed as the crossover party is getting to be, but there's no surplus of elbow room among these cars, either. Last redesigned a couple of years ago, the C-Class dropped the oval-eyed mercedes c-class accessories styling for a more serious, even severe look. For 2009, the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is back, with revisions that make it lighter and more compact. These changes go a long way toward making the all-wheel drive C300's performance indistinguishable from that of the rear-drive model, other than a degree of extra sure-footedness.

Mercedes-Benz C300/ C350 Features

MECHANICAL

  • 6-Speed manual transmission
  • 3.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Independent 3-link front suspension -inc: anti-dive geometry, coil springs over gas shocks
  • Independent 5-arm multi-link rear suspension -inc: separate coil springs, gas shocks
  • Lower sport suspension -inc: sport shocks, sport springs
  • Front/rear stabilizer bar
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brake system (ABS) w/brake assist
  • Pwr perforated & ventilated front & ventilated rear disc brakes
  • Polished chrome exhaust tips

EXTERIOR

  • 17" 5-spoke aluminum wheels -inc: 17" x 7.5" front, 17" x 8.5" rear
  • P225/45R17 front & P245/40R17 rear all-season performance tires
  • Temporary spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof w/1-touch open/close
  • AMG front air dam w/mesh air intakes, side skirts & rear apron
  • Halogen headlamps w/selectable light-sensing
  • Front halogen fog lamps
  • Single rear red fog lamp
  • Pwr heated mirrors

INTERIOR

  • MB-Tex seat trim
  • 8-way pwr front sport seats -inc: adjustable lumbar support, active adjustable head restraints
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped sport steering wheel w/multi-function controls
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Instrumentation -inc: fuel & coolant temp gauge, clock, tachometer
  • 5" central controller display w/retractable cover
  • Multi-function display in instrument cluster -inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, oil level check, digital speedometer, audio status, reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings
  • Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System display
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch up/down
  • SmartKey infrared remote -inc: trunk open, windows & sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock, programmable auto-lock
  • Cruise control
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control -inc: dust & pollen filters, tunnel mode w/1-touch closing of all windows, sun sensor
  • Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff
  • Front/rear cupholders
  • Auxiliary pwr outlet
  • Aluminum trim
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Night security illumination
  • Aluminum shift knob

SAFETY

  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Programmable daytime running lamps w/auto override
  • Driver & front passenger dual-stage air bags w/front passenger adaptive feature
  • Front passenger Occupant Classification System (OCS)
  • Window curtain airbags
  • Front side-impact airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • 3-point driver & front passenger shoulder belts -inc: height adjustment, emergency tensioning device, adaptive belt force limiter
  • Rear 3-point seat belts -inc: outboard emergency tensioning device, outboard belt force limiter, outboard automatic height adjustment
  • Outboard rear universal lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
  • Child safety rear door locks

Mercedes-Benz C300/ C350 Specification

VEHICLE
EPA Classification Compact
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 (2009)
ENGINE
Engine Type Gas V6
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V6
Displacement 3.0L/183
Fuel System - TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 228 @ 6000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 221 @ 2700 - 5000
TRANSMISSION
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code 411
Trans Order Code 427
Trans Type 7
Trans Type 6
Trans Description Cont. Manual
Trans Description Cont. Automatic
First Gear Ratio (:1) 5.10
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.78
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.75
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.63
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42/2.23
Clutch Size (in) - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.07
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73
MILEAGE
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26
ELECTRICAL
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD -
COOLING SYSTEM
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD -
WEIGHT INFORMATION
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3527
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3560
SUSPENSION
Suspension Type - Front Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) 3-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD -
BRAKES
Brake Type Power
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.6 x 1.26
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x 0.86
TIRES
Front Tire Size P225/45R17
Front Tire Size P235/40R18
Rear Tire Size P245/40R17
Rear Tire Size P255/35R18
Spare Tire Size Compact
WHEELS
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.5
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 9.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel
STEERING
Steering Type Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -
FUEL TANK
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.4
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase (in) 108.7
Length, Overall (in) 182.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7
Height, Overall (in) 56.3
Tread Width, Front (in) 60.4
Tread Width, Front (in) 61.7
Tread Width, Rear (in) 59.6
Tread Width, Rear (in) 60.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD -
CARGO AREA DIMENSIONS
Trunk Volume (ft3) 12.4
INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume (ft3) 88.2
Front Head Room (in) 37.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 52.3
Second Head Room (in) 36.9
Second Leg Room (in) 33.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1
Second Hip Room (in) 54.9