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    Leaked Brochure: Mercedes-Benz W204 C-class








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    Re: Leaked Brochure: Mercedes-Benz W204 C-class

    Front looks similar to CL.

    For me it has better design than BMW 3-class

    Thanks for the pics

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    I like the cockpit. Looks more normal, none of that new-age stuff from the S-class.

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    Looks good from the front, but I'll reserve judgement until I see it from the side and back. Thats where car design has taken a strange path in the last years..

    Interior looks very nice as well

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    VGA18 said:
    Front looks similar to CL.

    For me it has better design than BMW 3-class



    Which car hasn't?

    Re: Leaked Brochure: Mercedes-Benz W204 C-class

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    elysium said:
    Looks good from the front, but I'll reserve judgement until I see it from the side and back. Thats where car design has taken a strange path in the last years..

    Interior looks very nice as well



    The front surely is the best looking part of the car and I like the standard grill with the star on top (looks like a small S-class) better than the CL-grill. IMO that grill should be reserved for their coupés only.
    I think the problem of the car is the back. Rear view looks quite boring and wheels are far to small at the rear.

    But you're right, let's wait for the real car.

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    The back looks like it has had a rear end shunt as the trunk is comically short and as Rossi says the wheels are far too small (a common Mercedes problem).

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    Rossi said:
    I think the problem of the car is the back. Rear view looks quite boring and wheels are far to small at the rear.

    But you're right, let's wait for the real car.


    Yes, rear view seems to be the week part of the car - IMO like with most modern sedans. I have been wondering whether car designers may focus too much on aerodynamic aspects (in case of the C-Class or 3er BMW not for performance reasons but for fuel efficiency) and in fact I found this interesting statement from MB: have you guys ever heard of ventilating rear lights

    "Ventilating rear lights: patented system replacing a spoiler

    With the help of digital aerodynamic prototypes and tests in the wind tunnel, specialists in Sindelfingen came up with individual, intelligent solutions which measurably reduce the air resistance of the vehicle body. These include innovative "ventilating rear lights" - a system patented by Mercedes-Benz which replaces conventional spoiler lips and therefore does not compromise the attractive lines of the Saloon. The system works as follows: both rear lights of the new C-Class feature several small air vents. Air is sucked in from the underbody and flows behind the rear lights, which are sealed against the body, in the area between the rear cross-member and the rear bumper. The air is conducted to the air vents in the lights, where it flows out and influences the airstream along the side walls.

    As a result the airstream along the sides is abruptly redirected at the rear lights, eliminating turbulences which would otherwise negatively influence the air resistance, rear axle lift and yaw characteristics of the Saloon."

    BTW the car has been presented to the press today. Here are some official pics:

    Re: Leaked Brochure: Mercedes-Benz W204 C-class

    Hope we won't see these Dumbo-ears on P-cars or F-cars in the future (new EU safety regulation requirement )

    Re: Leaked Brochure: Mercedes-Benz W204 C-class

    Instruments IMO resemble a more desirable car from UK

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    Interior seems to be quite nice

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    Other interior colour

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    Panorama Roof

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    Porsche-Jeck said:
    Other interior colour



    First design award the new C-class will get is that of the worst designed steering wheel.

    Re: Leaked Brochure: Mercedes-Benz W204 C-class

    OMG those mirrors are HUGE.
    Do those EU birocrats really have nothing better to do.

    Re: Leaked Brochure: Mercedes-Benz W204 C-class

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    janus said:
    OMG those mirrors are HUGE.
    Do those EU birocrats really have nothing better to do.



    You're right! Looks like a Ford F150 truck .

    Re: Leaked Brochure: Mercedes-Benz W204 C-class

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    Crash said:
    Quote:
    janus said:
    OMG those mirrors are HUGE.
    Do those EU birocrats really have nothing better to do.



    You're right! Looks like a Ford F150 truck .



    Reminds me of this...


    Re: Leaked Brochure: Mercedes-Benz W204 C-class

    Quote:
    janus said:
    OMG those mirrors are HUGE.
    Do those EU birocrats really have nothing better to do.



    Despite their aesthetic drawbacks, I LOVE bigger mirrors.

    It makes it so much easier to dart around in rush-hour traffic without being dangerous

    Re: Leaked Brochure: Mercedes-Benz W204 C-class

    The "Ventilated" taillights seems like a recipe for warranty disaster. I hope the "specialists" at Sindelfingen tested them in a rain and humidity chamber for weeks at a time.

    I wonder how much more Benz was able to disinvolve road feel for the driver with this model C class. They seem to have a penchant for creating a synthetic driving experience.

    Notice the "flame" indentation on the bodyside? Little wonder that BMW is dropping that styling cue for their 08 cars.

     
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