Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class
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Overview
Manufacturer Daimler-Benz (1994–1998)
DaimlerChrysler (1998–2007)
Daimler AG (2007–present)
Production1993–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive car (D)
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Chronology
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz 190 E (W201)

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a series of compact executive cars produced by Daimler AG. Introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the 190 (W201) range, the C-Class was the smallest model in the marque's line-up until the W168 A-Class arrived in 1997. The C-Class is built at Mercedes-Benz factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen, Germany as well as numerous satellite factories in other countries. The first C-Class (W202) sedan was produced on 1 June 1993 and the first second generation (W203) rolled off the assembly line on 18 July 2000. The C-Class has been available with a 4MATIC (i.e., four-wheel drive) option since 2002. The third generation (W204) was launched in 2007 while the latest generation C-Class (W205) came out in 2014.

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Though initially available as a sedan and a station wagon, the W203 series in 2000 debuted a fastback coupé (SportCoupé) version that, when facelifted, became the Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class. The CLC-Class remained in production until 2011 when a new W204 C-Class coupé replaced it for the 2012 model year.

W202 (1993–2000)

W202
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Overview
ProductionMay 1993–2000
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door wagon
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz W 202 sedan Mercedes W202 rear 20071030.jpg
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz W 202 sedan

In October 1986, three years into Mercedes-Benz W201 (190)'s production run, work began on a successor. Design work began in 1987, with the final design by Murat Günak selected in 1989 and the production design by Olivier Boulay delayed in January 1990, finally being patented on 19 December 1990. [1] [2] [3] [4] Rough prototypes went into testing in 1989, with first production design prototypes commencing trial in 1990. In May 1993, the first generation W202 C-Class was introduced as a replacement for the 190. The C-Class sedan was the company's entry-level model up until 1997 when Mercedes launched the A-Class. Styling themes were carried over from the previous W201 series, but the new series had a smoother and rounder design than the last generation of compact Mercedes, with styling cues from the W124 E-Class (short, high trunk and taller tail lights), W140 S-Class (front end), and R129 SL-Class (headlights).

During the 1996 and 1997 Formula 1 season, the C36 AMG served as the sport's Safety Car. [5]

W203 (2000–2007)

W203
Mercedes-Benz C 230 Elegance (W 203, Facelift) - Frontansicht (1), 29. August 2011, Mettmann.jpg
Overview
ProductionJuly 2000 – 2007
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door liftback
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz C 180 K sedan 2002 Mercedes-Benz C 180 Kompressor (W 203 MY03) Elegance sedan (2015-07-09) 03.jpg
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz C 180 K sedan

In 1994, development began on the W203 C-Class. Design work commenced in mid-1994, with the final design being approved in December 1995 by the executive board. [6] Design patents were filed on 20 April 1998 and 4 March 1999. [7] [8] Testing began in 1997, with development concluding in 2000. The second generation C-Class was introduced in March 2000. The sedan debuted with a range of inline-four and V6 petrol engines and inline-four and -five diesels, later W203's received the V6 diesel. Most of the engines were carried over from the W202, but the C320 was exclusive, offering 160 kW (215 hp; 218 PS). The diesels now featured common rail direct fuel injection and variable geometry turbochargers. A six-speed manual gearbox was optional on some of the range, With exception to the C320 and C32 AMG. Notably (post 2005), for the first time, the number designations were no longer equivalent to the engine displacement, more specifically in the Mercedes C200 (1.8-litre), C240 (2.6-litre) and C200 CDI (2.2-litre).

W204 (2007–2015)

W204
Mercedes-Benz C 180 Kompressor Avantgarde (W 204) - Frontansicht, 14. April 2011, Velbert.jpg
Overview
Production2007–2015
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door liftback
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2-door coupe
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz C180 Kompressor sedan Mercedes-Benz C 180 Kompressor Avantgarde (W 204) - Heckansicht, 14. April 2011, Velbert.jpg
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz C180 Kompressor sedan

DaimlerChrysler introduced the W204 C-Class on 18 January 2007 [9] and displayed it in the 2007 Geneva Auto Show. Sales started on 31 March 2007 in almost all European countries. The new family had an extended wheelbase and tracks, a stiffer body/shell and a design inspired by the W221 S-Class with some influences from the C219 CLS-Class. The C-Class received a facelift in 2011 for the 2012 model year including new LED taillights, a revised dashboard and instrument cluster layout, and a revised front fascia and headlights. The W204 platform continued into 2015 with the C-Class coupe.

W205 (2014–2021)

W205
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Overview
Production4 February 2014–2021
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2-door cabriolet / coupe
Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan 2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG Line Night Edition Premium 2.0 Rear.jpg
Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan

The current generation W205 C-Class was launched at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. It is the first car to use the all-new Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) platform, which it shares with the contemporary Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class models. The new structure is significantly lighter using aluminium and high strength steel extensively throughout the body, resulting in a 100-kilogram (220 lb) weight decrease. [10]

The car was officially unveiled on 16 December 2013. [11] W205 production commenced on 4 February 2014 at the Bremen plant. [12] Production is also undertaken at Mercedes-Benz plants in East London (South Africa), Iracemápolis (Brazil) and Tuscaloosa, Alabama (United States). European sales began in March 2014, while the vehicle went on sale in North America in September 2014.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class 205 chassis spawned four C-Class bodystyles; Sedan (W205), Wagon (S205), Coupe (C205), and Cabriolet (A205).

The W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class received a new look, which made its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, including exterior changes and new engines. [13]

W206 (2021–present)

W206
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Overview
Production2021–present
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon

The W206 C-Class was unveiled on 23 February 2021. [14] In China, the C-Class was launched in an long-wheelbase version (V206).

Production and sales

On 10 December 2009, Daimler announced the production of the C-Class will be concentrated at the Bremen plant with additional production in the United States for the domestic market. [27]

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