Originally Posted by Bimmerista
That's because it is the entry level C class (the 2.8 engine is out). Which means in terms of price MB has to position it to compete with the 323 e90 in Canada (which btw also has similar performance numbers to the C 300).
In terms of content, I agree MB have begun to include more things in their cars than the competition - not just C class but ML class as well-it actually comes pretty well equipped right out of the box. And this is a good thing.
I'm not sure that it is intended to compete with the 323i... it is priced, in terms of MSRP, EXACTLY THE SAME as the 328i... even the C300 4-matic is the same MSRP start price as the 328i... they even have the same horsepower. Seems to me like the C300 is directly aimed at the 328i.
Rumour has it that, in 2008, we will get the C220 Bluetec with a 170hp, 300 ft-lb clean diesel. That will be a nice ride too!