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2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan - Overview

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$29,200 – $54,450 MSRP

$27,156 – $50,639 Invoice

17 / 22 MPG City/Hwy

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2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

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Overview

What's New
The C230, C280, and C350 are Mercedes' mid-size luxury sedans, which for the 2006 model year are powered by a new generation of V-6 engines. Also available is a V-8-powered C55 AMG version. For 2006, C-Class sedans are equipped with new "active" front headrests designed to counteract the forces of a rear-end collision that can produce neck injuries to front-seat occupants.

Overview
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans have been continually updated since their last full makeover in the 2001 model year. For 2005, these sedans received new exterior styling as well as a new dashboard, seats, and other interior components. Now, for 2006, comes a new family of V-6 engines with four valves per cylinder, dual-overhead camshafts, and variable valve timing-all of which enhance power and efficiency over a broad range of engine operation. The C230 comes with a 201-hp, 2.5L V-6. The C280 draws from a 228-hp, 3.0L V-6. The C350 gets a 268-hp, 3.5L V-6. Mercedes offers six-speed manual and five- and seven-speed automatic transmissions for its C-Class sedans, depending on the engine and drivetrain; rear-wheel drive for the C230, C280, C350 and C55 AMG; and with four-wheel drive (4MATIC) available for the C280 or C350.

All 2006 Mercedes-Benz models come standard with an Electronic Stability Program technology designed to keep the vehicle on the driver's intended path during performance driving or inclement weather. The C-Class sedans are equipped with dual front, front and rear head curtain, and front side-impact air bags. For 2006, the C-Class sedans also are fitted with "active" front-seat head restraints that move forward and upward in a rear-end collision to help support the driver's and passenger's heads and reduce potential whiplash injuries.

The available high-performance C55 AMG is a special vehicle hand-built by AMG, Mercedes' own custom tuning shop. This sedan draws 376 hp from its 5.5L V-8 engine and features special bodywork and interior treatments. In keeping with its more powerful engine, the C55 AMG is also equipped with larger brakes, wheels and tires, as well as modified suspension components to enhance its dynamic capabilities.

The Competition
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class competes in the Compact Premium Conventional segment, where combining luxury features with the sort of dynamic capabilities found in more compact cars fares well with those consumers who may be entering the luxury car class for the first time.

While accounting for less than 5 percent of U.S. light-vehicle sales, this segment includes a large number of nameplates (18) and competition is fierce. According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the BMW 3 Series led this segment in calendar year 2005 with 106,950 sales. Next came the Acura TL (78,218), Infiniti G35 (68,728), and Cadillac CTS (61,512). The C-Class ranked fifth on the sales chart, with 60,658 sales recorded during 2005.

Available Trims for the 2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Sport (M6) 6 speed manual $29,200 201-hp / 2.5L 6-cyl 21/29
Luxury (A7) 7 speed automatic $32,950 228-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl 21/28
Base (A5) 5 speed automatic $54,450 362-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl 17/22

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