Compared with the car it replaces, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C class, pictured here, bears a stronger resemblance to its big sisters, the E class and the S class. DaimlerChrysler AG unveiled the second-generation C class last week in Stuttgart, Germany. The new car gets the signature Mercedes twin-headlight 'face,' which debuted on the E class in 1995. The resemblance to the S class is more than skin-deep. The new C class gets standard features such as side-curtain airbags and bigger engines that were optional or unavailable on the old model. The U.S. market initially will get two C-class sedans: the C240, with a 2.6-liter V-6; and the C320, which will share a 3.2-liter V-6 with several other models in the lineup. U.S. sales begin in September, for the 2001 model year.
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