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These Are The Things Most People Don't Know About The Mercedes C-Class

The C-Class has some incredible hidden secrets.

Mercedes introduced the C-Class in 1993 to replace the 190, and has stuck with the name ever since. Even though the C-Class is no longer the brand's entry-level model, it is still incredibly important. The current W205 model was introduced in 2014, and now comes in four different body styles with many engine options ranging from four-cylinders to AMG-developed V8s. Just because it's a hot-selling model for Mercedes, we bet that there are things that not everyone knows about the C-Class.

In the US, Mercedes recently replaced its aging 7G seven-speed transmission with a new 9G nine-speed unit. This was done in an effort to make the C-Class even smoother and increase fuel economy. This is the only transmission option in the US, but many people are unaware that the C-Class is still available in other markets with a six-speed manual. This option used to be available stateside, but the manual has slowly been dying off in the US market and almost no one would buy even if they could.

Even though the C-Class started off as an entry-level car, it has grown a lot over the years. In fact, the current C-Class is now around the same size as the original Mercedes E-Class. The CLA has become the new entry-level Mercedes, which has given the company room to make the C-Class larger and more luxurious. Interestingly, the C-Class is now categorized as a mid-sized car, unlike the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 which are both compact sedans. The C-Class is larger and roomier than its competitors, which is a good reason to buy one.

The C-Class can be equipped with Mercedes Pre Safe system that can stop the car automatically if it detects an impending crash. This is actually quite common on cars today, but you may not know that the Pre Safe system will also close any open windows and adjust the seats to a safer position prior to impact.

Many new cars use active aerodynamics to improve fuel efficiency. Like several other cars, the C-Class has shudders in the grill that can close to increase aerodynamics or open to improve engine cooling. This is not an uncommon feature; even a Chevy Cruze has it. However, the Mercedes system is also linked to the navigation system, so it knows things like when the car is driving through a tunnel so that it can be as efficient as possible.

The base Mercedes C-Class has a starting price of $40,250. This for the entry-level C 300 model with the 241-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Everyone knows that the most expensive C-Class is the twin-turbo V8 C63 AMG, which starts at $67,095. However, this doesn't necessarily make it the most expensive C-Class on the market. We configured the most expensive C 300 4Matic sedan, and we were able to bump the price all the way up to $74,097. Granted, this required optioning a ton of dealer-installed options and accessories such as floor mats, cargo boxes and bike racks, and other items which amounted to over $2,600.

Some of the most expensive options were the AMG Line package for $2,175. This added AMG body styling, a rear spoiler, 18-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels, sport suspension, sport brake system, AMG Line interior with sport front seats and brushed aluminum pedals. We also added Platinum White Nappa leather for $3,800. Some of our favorite options are the comfort box, which is a built-in bin for the trunk that only costs $305. We also loved the Air Balance Package for $350, which adds the cabin fragrance system from the S-Class and an air purification system.

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