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2010 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport & Luxury Boast New Features

Featuring four models, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz C300 brings sportiness and luxury to executive fleets.

November 2009, by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Boasting an available Dynamic Handling Package, Agility Control, and a Sport/Comfort button, the Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport and Luxury models offer executive vehicles with comfort and control.

The C-Class features four models - the 451-hp C63 AMG, 268-hp C350 Sport, and the 228-hp C300 Luxury and C300 Sport.

While luxury models wear the "iconic three-pointed star" on top of the front hood, the C-Class Sport is identified by a bold star in the front grille - a position typically reserved for coupes and convertibles. C-Class Sport models also come with AMG design cues - deeper front and rear aprons, as well as sculpted rocker panels.

Features Provide Comfort & Control

A feature on all C300 models, Agility Control provides the benefits of both soft and stiff shock absorbers. According to Mercedes-Benz, each twin-tube shock absorber is fitted with a hydraulic by-pass piston that "acts like a very soft shock absorber to effectively dampen road noise and tire vibration." Over bumpy or uneven roads, the by-pass piston is out of the picture, preserving the steering and handling response of a stiffer shock absorber.

The new optional Dynamic Handling Package for Sport models (except 4MATIC versions) includes active damping suspension; faster, speed-sensitive steering; and 18-inch, five-twin-spoke AMG alloy wheels. Steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles are available on cars with automatic transmission. The active damping system uses wheel travel sensors and an electronic control unit to provide continuous shock absorber damping adjustment based on both road conditions and driving style.

All C-Class sedans come with a "Sport/Comfort" button. In the Sport mode, understeer and body lean are reduced. Also, throttle response is faster, steering feel is increased, and transmission shift points are higher, according to Mercedes-Benz. In the Comfort mode, shift points are lower and the vehicle starts in second gear. On Sport models with the optional Dynamic Handling Package, the Sport/Comfort button includes a third "Manual" mode for faster, more aggressive shifting.

Accessibility & Safety Top List of Features

The KEYLESS-GO system is available for the first time on the C-Class. With the key still in a pocket or purse, the doors can be unlocked, and the car starts at the push of a button.

Other new C-Class options include a rear-view camera, four-way power lumbar adjustment, tilting side mirror for parking, universal media interface, and a standard monitoring system displaying individual tire pressures.

The 2010 C-Class safety features include four-wheel disc brakes, ABS anti-lock brakes, traction control, and ESP stability control. According to the manufacturer, a new knee air bag for the driver minimizes leg injuries in frontal collisions, while pelvic air bags work with the curtain and side air bags to provide extra protection for front passengers in dangerous side-impact collisions. With the additional air bags in front, the C-Class now includes nine supplemental restraints.

 

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