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Old 18th May 2008, 19:37   #1
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Default Mercedes-Benz to launch C 230 avantgarde tomorrow.

just got a call from a friend of mine working in T and T, New Delhi that Mercedes-benz is launching a higher spec avantgarde version of the C class with a 204-bhp, 2.5 V6 petrol.
The car has arrived and is on display. Pics to come tomorrow.

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C 230
2496 CC V6
204 HP@6100 RPM
24.5 KG-M TORQUE@2900-5500 RPM
7-SPEED 7-GTRONIC AUTOMATIC

fog lamps with chrome surround and 2 vertical chrome bars
high gloss piano black wood trim
avantgarde lettering
different radiator grille with a 3-pointed star on the grill itself instead on the hood (like the amg model)
COMAND control with multimedia package
New design twin 5-spoke light alloy wheels

expected price: Rs. 36,00,000
main competitor: BMW 325i
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Old 19th May 2008, 01:01   #2
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Its entering the e class range. So i doubt it will sell over the 325i as the price is not competetive as compared to the BMW. However its a good move as the 3.2V6 from audi (engine maybe coming had no other competitor other than the bimmer.

Waiting for the pics
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nice to finally see the C get an engine it deserves.
However the pricing has gone wrong...is it a cbu?
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Useless price for such a small car. Yet they sell. That's brand value with, almost always, new money.
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Ouch!! That price hurts. Almost in the E class/5 Series territory. Wonder how they will justify it.
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bad pricing. But the 330i is even worse, 38 on road!!
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Nice,so they may launch the kit(Sports grille) officially in india. Power output looks good on paper and 7-G is welcome addition. Is this gearbox running on anyother Indian mercs at the moment ?
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bad pricing. But the 330i is even worse, 38 on road!!
The 330i is being offered here?

With a price tag of that sort only one 3 series model will sell, the mighty 335i !
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330i cannot be compared to the c230

but still its only 2 lakh for an almost 500cc more engine capacity and the excessive power.
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additional features over C 200K/C220 CDI CLASSIC/ELEGANCE:

C 230 AVANTGARDE:

new grill
new design alloy wheels
fully powered driver seats with power adjustable head restraints and 3 memory packages
powered passenger seat
harmon/kardon logic 7 audio system
bi-xenon lights with power washers
chrome surround 2-bars near fog lights
chrome decklid applique
twin exhausts-one left, one right with chrome exhaust pipe fnisher
fully electronic adjust steering wheel for tilt and telescopic
electric rear blind
rear taillights-FULL LED
7-speed automatic gearbox
beige leather upholstry with piano black high gloss wood trim

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some more pics, bad quality taken from cam phone:
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I am a little confused over Merc's decision to bring in the C230. The 325 still wins the horsepower stakes. If Merc wanted to offer a true high-BHP alternative, they should have gone the entile mile with the C280. The engine is anyways sold in the E280 and would, probably, be cheaper to source for the C. Enthusiasts need'nt bother.....buy a stock 170BHP C220 with the 6 spped manual, throw in a tuning box and you are looking at near 200 BHP, and potentially better performance than the C230.

The C230's real standout feature though, is the 7 speed tranny.

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So i doubt it will sell over the 325i as the price is not competetive as compared to the BMW.
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However the pricing has gone wrong...is it a cbu?
If it is 36 lakhs on the road, then it is bang in 325i range. Lets wait for the actual onroad pricing.

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bad pricing. But the 330i is even worse, 38 on road!!
When did the 330i become available for 38 on the road? Surely you mean the 325?
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Wow!! very nice car. I especially liked the grill. However, the new C-class certainly is very attractive and will sell more if priced correctly. Thanks for sharing the pics sidindica.

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I think the Beemer 325i is 32/33 on road delhi. Correct me if I am wrong. I dont see the need for the 3 star company to get a C230. as said a 3000cc engine doing duty on the E280 would have been better and meaner.
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I kind of liked the Exterior looks of it (the new grille) but the interiors are not so impressive.

And first and foremost why the C 230 after the 325? Merc could have got a better one i guess??
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