In keeping with our previous story's conjecture theme, the boys over at the German auto publication Auto Motor und Sport have posted a little gossip of their own. In a recent article, the magazine takes a look at what they believe we can all come to expect in the latest incarnation of the Mercedes C-Class and the MLK-Class.
2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Expected to make its world debut at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, the 2008 Mercedes C-Class takes much of its styling cues from the recently-introduced 2007 S-Class. Broader wheel arches, re-designed headlights
and a higher front end all give the new C-Class a much more S-Class-like appearance.
As for what's under the C-Class' redesigned exterior, again, many of the features are passed down from its higher-priced siblings. A new PRE-SAFE system, Keyless Go technology, and a surround sound audio system with a hinged screen and MP3 interface are all expected to make their way down to the C-Class lineup. Also mentioned in Auto Motor und Sport's article is the development of a standardized rear axle (shared with the E-Class), a move that will lower company costs by reducing the number of needed parts by around 30%.
And finally, what fun is mentioning the new C without mentioning its powerplants? Expect to see the always-popular four cylinder C 180 and C 200 models as the series' entry-level models, followed by the C 230, C 280 and C350 as the mid-priced variants. For diesel lovers, a new 2.2 Liter 204 horsepower diesel engine is expected to see production starting in 2009, and for the power hungry among you, AMG variants, most notably a C 63 AMG, will conclude the C-Class lineup.
2008 Mercedes-Benz MLK-Class
Known in-house as "SUT 204," Auto Motor und Sport is reporting that we can expect to see the MLK, an off-road version of the C-Class, making its debut towards the end of 2008. Rumored to measure approximately 30 centimeters shorter than the Mercedes M-Class, the MLK's power will be generated primarily by six-cylinder powerplants, with the only four-cylinder option being made available in the form of the same 2.2 Liter diesel found in the C-Class.
I think that just about covers Auto Motor und Sport's take on the new C- and MLK-Class. For more info, check out the renderings of what the publication expects the two models to look like, or head over to Auto Motor und Sport (roughly translated by Google) to view the article in its entirety.