MercedesBenz Cclass compact sedan history from the W201 to the…

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Mercedes-Benz C 180 122hp W202

History of the Mercedes-Benz C-class

The C43 AMG V8 power to the compact sedan and Photo by Jay Ramey.

The 190E of the is where the modern history of small sedan began, though the car was not called the C-class the debut Photo by Jay Ramey.

The Mercedes-Benz C-class may be known as a version of the S-class, not just in of exterior design but road and interior amenities. The outgoing C-class, codenamed W204, was a success from the moment it in 2007, inviting comparisons to two segments larger and gaining for its cabin and chassis. The sheer of the car and the over-engineered feel reminded as well as ourselves of the C-class of cars of 1990s. But where did the draw its roots?

The Mercedes-Benz premiered in November 1982, and though it wasn’t called a at the time, this chassis W201 was the first modern of the C-class family. The success of the BMW did not go unnoticed by Mercedes-Benz, which at the had the W123 sedan and wagon as the cars in the lineup. The W123 was much a midsized car by Mercedes-Benz and its replacement was going to be an even and more luxurious automobile. A sedan was needed to give the some competition and Mercedes over a billion dollars the W201 platform.

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The 190E of the 1980s is the modern history of Mercedes-Benz’s sedan began, even the car was not called the C-class until the of the W202 in 1993.

The new sedan crisp styling with an on horizontal lines, and with the of a miniature Mercedes-Benz 500SEL sedan. The interior was a bit smaller Benz owners were to, though the handling was said to be the best in that segment at the The model premiered as the carburetted with a 1.8-liter carburetted engine making just and as the 122-hp 190E, which for Einspritzung, or fuel injection. America received the W201 a 2.3-liter inline-four, with the still being badged

Available in sedan form (wagon buyers had to wait for the W124 range of midsize which was later renamed the the W201 gained a reputation for handling and thrifty engines. years saw the debut of newer systems, with the horsepower of the original 1.8-liter and 2.3-liter growing. Of particular note was an 2.3-liter 16-valve Cosworth-designed good for 149 hp. 1987 saw the debut of a inline-four which produced an 160 hp, though in its later years the and 2.5-liter engines continued appearances in improved form the W201’s replacement in 1993. The was also available as a diesel engines ranging in displacement 2.0 liters to a turbocharged 2.5 liters.

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The C43 AMG made 302-hp, a bit for the small sedan, though it an entirely different experience the BMW M3.

The W201 was still in its prime work began on its successor, the which premiered in May 1992. The design was smoothed out a bit, cues from the W124 on sale since 1985, and the S-class. The W202 C-class a couple inches in length and the received a new look that put a on luxury, though inline-four were still the powerplant of The W202 premiered around the with a 120-hp 1.8-liter I4 as the engine, badged C180, the 2.0-liter C200 and 2.2-liter were also popular. The and 2.6-liter V6 also made in the W202 range, with the receiving the help of a supercharger, as the C230 Kompressor and the C240 A station wagon version was available, though the model was out of North America. The new C-class gained a reputation for reliability, by a rock-solid interior.

Though 2.8-liter V6 and 2.8-liter sixes were offered in the the true performance models of the were from AMG. The C36 AMG a tuned version of the 2.8-liter V6, and the that was the C43 AMG received a 4.3-liter V8 out of the E430 sedan. The latter was for 302-hp and a 0-60 time of 5.7 The C43 AMG was also available as station and the tuning house Brabus its own version of the W202 sedan the C V8, which featured a 6.0-liter V8

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The W203 generation a hatchback bodystyle, called the It offered an impressive amount of room with the back folded down, as well as a engine just shy of 200-hp.

Mercedes-Benz C 180 122hp W202

on the success of the W202 sedan, the C-class debuted for the 2000 year. Styling once imitated its larger siblings, the fascia received a slightly restyling. Most of the engines in the were carried over its predecessor, though a number of (including the 3.2-liter V6) were The base engine was a 1.8-liter found in the C160 sedan, North America again had a range of engines.

In addition to the station wagon which North America for the first time, Mercedes-Benz a three-door hatchback version of the called the SportCoupe. That arrived in the U.S. market in and throughout its short stay offered 1.8-liter and 2.3-liter engines. The SportCoupe briefly the distinction of being the most Mercedes-Benz model available in America, with prices just around $25,000. The SportCoupe even managed to the W203 C-class itself, sold in other markets as the from 2008 till after receiving the front and fascia of the next-generation C-class.

took took note of of performance models based on the and with AMG coming under the control, offered the C32 AMG and C55 AMG models. The boasted a 3.2-liter V6 making 349 hp, the latter sported a 5.4-liter V8 362-hp. Brabus, Carlsson, and Lorinser offered versions of the along with tweaked inside and out. The W203 to battle the BMW 3-series of the time for but for the first time ever it faced competition from the Audi A4 and the Lexus IS, which up then hadn’t posed a threat. The W203’s reputation for suffered a bit as Mercedes-Benz chased and this manifested itself in electrics and slightly more interiors.

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The W204 generation another version from which in this case was with a 6.2-liter V8.

The current of the C-class debuted in the spring of as a 2008 model, and it sought to the vault-like feel of the W202 of the 1990s after the somewhat legacy left by its immediate The new C-class grew in size and and featured a thoroughly reworked The base model in world was the C180 Kompressor, though in the it was the rear-wheel-drive C250 sedan. A bodystyle was offered for virtually all markets, with the exception of America, and the SportsCoupe morphed a three-door hatchback into a hatch into a traditional Diesel models stayed out of the market, where the C300 was by far the most popular version.

The top of the range was the absolutely rabid C63 a muscle car trapped in the body of a sedan. With a 6.2-liter V8 making more horsepower most people should be to handle without a roll the C63 AMG took a somewhat different to performance than the BMW M3 sedan. Carlsson, Kleemann and others lent their tuning to this version of the C-class as

The W204 will perhaps be remembered for bringing the feel and the of the S-class to a wider audience, to the that it made the contemporary seem almost redundant, so close in size and interior as to make buyers wonder they should bother the larger car. The tank-like of the chassis also returned, it a difficult car to get into trouble thanks to heavy, progressive The chassis proved popular to spawn the GLK-class, a compact SUV replaced the C-class wagon for America.

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Mercedes-Benz C 180 122hp W202
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