The Merc is a great all-rounder
Published on Sep 15, 2009 07:00:00 AM
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The new C230 has slipped into our market almost unnoticed. Instantly recognisable due to its sporty Avantgarde grille with the large-sized star at the centre and the bigger wheels, this C-Class targets younger, more enthusiastic owners who like to drive themselves. Yet, it’s got that air of Mercedes-Benz serenity.
Considerably bigger than the old C-class, this car runs on conventional MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link setup at the rear. But the real ace up Merc's sleeve is the trick dampers. They have the ability to alter the ride depending road conditions and driving style - stiff for hard driving and softer for the Sunday morning cruise. A more direct steering rack and a 52.5/47.5 percent front/rear weight distribution shows that even Mercedes is keen to be associated with the word 'sporty'.
This Merc remains true to the European luxury car format with the longitudinal engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. And it goes without saying that it comes with the 'bad road suspension package' to handle Indian roads.
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