Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2011 Mercedes-Benz C 250 CDI (W204) BlueEFFICIENCY Avantgarde sedan (2011-10-11).jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Daimler AG
Production 1993–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive car
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Chronology
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz 190E

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a line 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 lineup until the arrival of the A-Class 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 of the second generation (W203) rolled off the assembly line on 18 July 2000. The most recent third generation (W204) was launched in 2007.

Although originally sold as sedan and station wagon, the W203 series in 2000 debuted a fastback/hatchback coupe version that, when facelifted, became the Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class. The CLC-Class remained in production until 2011 when it was replaced by a new W204-based C-Class coupe for the 2012 model year.

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W202 (1993–2000)[edit]

W202
1997-2000 Mercedes-Benz C 200 (W202) Classic sedan 01.jpg
Overview
Production 1993–2000
Model years 1994–2000
Assembly Bremen, Germany
Sindelfingen, Germany
East London, South Africa
Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico
Toluca, Mexico
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
6 October, Egypt (EGA)
Thonburi, Thailand (TAAP)
Designer Olivier Boulay; Murat Gunak[1] (1989)
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door wagon
Platform Mercedes-Benz W202
Related Mercedes-Benz C208
Powertrain
Engine 1.8–2.3 L M111 I4
2.8 L M104 I6
2.4–2.8 L M112 V6
3.6 L M104 I6 AMG
4.3–5.4 L M113 V8 AMG
2.0–2.2 L OM604 diesel I4
2.2 L OM611 diesel I4
2.5 L OM605 diesel I5
Transmission 5/6-speed manual
4/5-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Length 4,505 mm (177.4 in)
Width 1,720 mm (67.7 in)
Height 1,425 mm (56.1 in)

In October 1986, 3 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 Gunak being selected in 1989 and the production design by Olivier Boulay frozen in late 1989, being later patented on 19 December 1990.[2][3][4] Rough prototypes went into testing in 1989, with first production design prototypes commencing testing 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 previous generation of compact Mercedes.

Engines[edit]

On its debut, the C-Class was the only Mercedes model with a complete lineup of multi-valve engines. The new family of four-cylinder petrol units, called M111, debuted in the C 180 (1.8 L, 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp)), C 200 (2.0 L, 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) and C 220 (2.2 L, 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp), the only four-cylinder of the range sold in the U.S.). In 1997 the C 220 was replaced by the C 230, enlarged to 2.3 L displacement but with the same output, although with torque increased to 220 N·m (162 lb·ft). The C 280 was the high-end model of the class, with a four-valve-per-cylinder straight-6 engine, capable of reaching 193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp).

Four-cylinder diesel models were equipped with the same OM601 engine of the 190, in the 2.0 L and 2.2 L versions. Many of these diesel variants were sold as taxis, due to their low fuel consumption and strong reliability. There were also more powerful OM605 five-cylinder engines which were available in naturally aspired (C 250 D) and turbocharged (C 250 TD) forms. The turbodiesel was introduced in 1995 and is one of the novelties in the engine range available from this year. The most important was a supercharged version of the M111 straight four, the C 230 Kompressor, using a Roots-type supercharger to generate 193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp) at 5300 rpm: Mercedes-Benz reused supercharger technology after 50 years. Due to the tax law in Italy and Portugal, models in those countries featured a supercharged version of the smaller 2.0 L (C 200 Kompressor), which had a similar output of the C 230 Kompressor.

The 1997 diesel models featured the OM611, equipped with a common rail direct injection system (co-developed with Bosch). The new model was named C 220 CDI, and had an improved output of 30 PS (22 kW; 30 hp) compared with the C 220 Diesel, better fuel average and lower emissions. Also, the inline six engines were replaced by a family of V6, the M112. The new engines featured SOHC heads instead of the previous DOHC, three valves per cylinder instead of four, and twin sparkplugs. The four-cylinder C 230 was replaced by the C 240 (2.4 L) and the I6 C 280 by the V6 C 280. These changes reduced emissions and improved fuel consumption, without sacrificing power (the C 280 in fact had a slight 4 PS (3 kW; 4 hp) increase with the change).

In the last four years of production, the W202 received a few changes in the choices of engine. In 1998, a less powerful version of the 2.2 L turbodiesel was added, called C 200 CDI, which replaced the C 220 Diesel. In 2000, the C 200 Kompressor's output was cut to 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp), the C 240 displacement was enlarged from 2.4 L to 2.6 L, but output remained at 170 PS (130 kW; 170 hp) and the C 180 got a 2.0 L engine.

Transmissions[edit]

The original W201 "Baby Benz" came standard in Germany with a five-speed manual transmission, automatic transmissions were optional. In the United States automatic transmissions were standard, but individuals had the option of a manual transmission although few chose the option. At the launch of the "official" C-Class, all W202 variants were equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox. The 722.4 four-speed automatic transmission, also called 4G-TRONIC, was available as extra cost (standard on the C 36 AMG), which US dealers chose to mainly offer on sales lots. In 1996 this old transmission - which was on sale since 1981 - was replaced by a five-speed automatic gearbox (aka 722.5 or 5G-TRONIC), which received the manual shifting in 1999 (722.6). In 2000 the T-Model, the only still on sale, was equipped with the G56 6-speed manual transmission.

Safety[edit]

Pre-facelift C 280 Elegance sedan, Australia
Facelift C 180 Classic sedan, Australia

At the launch the C-Class had a standard driver airbag, ABS and integrated side-impact protection; the front passenger airbag became standard from 1995 onwards, and from the same period Traction control (ETS in the 4-cylinder models, combined with limited slip differential (ASD) or ASR in the 6 cylinders models) was available as extra cost. In 1997 ASR became standard in the C 280s equipped with the automatic transmission and in the C 36 AMG, as ETS in the 4-cylinder models, except for the C 180 and the C 220 Diesel.

With the 1997 restyling ASR became standard in all the models, except in the C 180 and C 220 Diesel. This last model continued to offer ETS available as extra cost. Moreover front side airbags and Brake assist (BAS) came in the list of standard safety features. The two basic models finally joined ASR in 1998, and, in 1999, the W202 was the first mid-size sedan to offer ESP as standard in all the range.

Crash test ratings[edit]

EuroNCAP adult occupant:[5] 2/5 stars
EuroNCAP pedestrian (pre-2002 rating): 2/4 stars
NHTSA crash test ratings (1997):[6]
Frontal Driver: 4/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 4/5 stars
Side Driver: 3/5 stars
Side Rear Passenger: 4/5 stars

T-Model[edit]

Mercedes-Benz introduced a station wagon model in 1996, internally designated T-Model (T for tourenwagen - touring car). It shared the same trim levels as the sedan, with the exception of the AMG versions. The W202 T-model was not made available to the North American market, although the W203 version was.

US-spec models[edit]

W202s in North America included the C 220 (later replaced by the C 230), C 240, C 280 (both I6 and V6) and the AMG variants. It was launched in the U.S. in November 1993, and unlike models in Europe, featured a third stop light, no specific trim levels, and side lights at the end of the front-turn signals. The top speed was also electronically limited to 130 mph (210 km/h) in the US due to tire speed restrictions.

Restyling[edit]

MY1994–1997 W202 C-Class sedan (US)
MY1998–2000 W202 C280 sedan (US)

On 2 May 1996, German design patents were filed for updates made to the W202 C-Class.[7] Later on in June 1997, the C-Class was given a small midlife freshening, with new darker rear tail light lenses, new wheel rims as well as subtle interior trim changes, including on the door mouldings. The exterior radio antenna was no longer fender mounted and was integrated into the rear glass. The front and rear bumpers were also reshaped, colour-coded side skirts were also fitted. The revised C 200 and C 230 models were fitted with a supercharger and denoted on the trunk lid as a "Kompressor".

AMG models [edit]

In 1995, the C-Class received its first genuine performance model, the C 36 AMG, to counter the new six-cylinder BMW M3. Developed with AMG, the tuning house that had now become a subsidiary of Daimler-Benz, it had racing-tuned suspension (lowered by 25 mm (1 in)) and in the USA, a four-speed automatic gearbox, followed by a standard five-speed automatic gearbox. The 3.6 L engine had a general output of 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) at 5750 rpm and 385 N·m (284 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm. AMG later conceded that since the engine was hand-assembled,power outputs could vary slightly from 276 hp (206 kW) to 287 hp (214 kW). The C36 AMG accelerates to 60 mph (97 km/h) from a stop in 5.8 seconds and top speed was electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Unlimited Top Speed was recorded at 272 km/h (169 mph).[citation needed] Only a total of 5200 C36 AMGs were produced.


In late 1997 (1998 model year) AMG released a new flagship for the C-Class, the C 43 AMG, powered by a 4.3 L V8, which could now achieve 310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp) at 5850 rpm, with a torque of 410 N·m (302 lb·ft) at 3250 rpm. Unlike the C36, which was in fact a "ready-to-sell" C280 disassembled for tuning at the AMG factory, the C43 was the first AMG car to be completely assembled at the AMG plant in Affalterbach after the acquisition of AMG by Daimler-Benz in 1998. The C43 AMG can achieve a 0–100 km/h (0-60 mph) time in 5.7 seconds for the saloon version and 5.9 seconds for the estate. The C43 was the first C-Class to be equipped with a Mercedes-Benz V8 engine.

Mercedes-Benz W202 C 43 AMG (US)

Two versions exist: a saloon (chassis W202.033) and estate also called the "T version" (chassis W202.093). The overall body of the C43 AMG estate version has many similarities with the C36 AMG, except for the front and rear bumpers as well as the side body, both of which were re-designed. The black engine cover with the chrome AMG and Mercedes-Benz star logos is also very typical from that period in this market segment.

Some differences have been reported between the 1998 and the 2000 version such as the ECU software on the 2000 version that seems to provide better gearbox performances and longer life to the gearbox. Also the 2000 model gives the possibility to up or down lift the steering wheel and has the AMG stamped letters on the brake calipers.

The car was manufactured for a little more than two years – from the end of 1997 to the spring of 2000 for a total of 4,200 units 20% of which are estates and 80% saloons, with only 25 C 43 vehicles of the 2000 model year imported to the US.

The C43 is powered by a tuned version of the 4.3-liter M113 V8 engine originally found on the W210 E 430 model. After modifications this engine delivers 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp) at 5,850 rpm, up to 410 N·m (302 lb·ft) of torque at 3,250 rpm-5,000 rpm (taken at the crank) and up to 241 hp (180 kW) at 6,320 rpm measured at the wheels. According to Mercedes-Benz, the car can reach 155.5 mph (250.3 km/h), with electronic speed limitation and 168 mph (270 km/h) without.[citation needed] Transmission is an AMG-modified version of the five-speed automatic gearbox found on 1998-2000 R129 SL 500. Main modifications were made in order to achieve a crisper and better adapted gearbox to higher-rpm upshifts. Also the braking system has been taken from the W210 E 55 AMG.

W203 (2000–2007) [edit]

W203
2004 Mercedes-Benz C 200 Kompressor (W203) Elegance sedan (2011-12-06).jpg
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz C 200 K sedan (Australia)
Overview
Production July 2000 – December 2006
Model years 2001–2007
Assembly Germany: Bremen; and Sindelfingen
Brazil: Juiz de Fora
Egypt: 6th of October City (EGA)[8]
India: Pune
Indonesia: Bogor[9]
Malaysia: Pekan (DRB-HICOM)
Mexico: Toluca & Santiago Tianguistenco [10]
South Africa: East London
Thailand: Thonburi[11]
Designer Bruno Sacco (1995)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Powertrain
Engine

1.8–2.3 L M111 I4
1.8 L M271 I4 Kompressor
2.0–2.3 L M111 I4 Kompressor
2.6 L–3.2 L M112 V6
2.5 L–3.5 L M272 V6
3.2 L Supercharged M112 V6 AMG
5.4 L M113 V8 AMG
2.1 L OM611 Diesel I4
2.7 L OM612 Diesel I5
3.0 L OM642 Diesel V6

3.0 L OM612 Diesel I5 AMG
Transmission 6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
7-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,715 mm (106.9 in)
Length Sedan: 4,526 mm (178.2 in)
Wagon: 4,541 mm (178.8 in)
SportCoupe: 4,343 mm (171.0 in)
Width 1,728 mm (68.0 in)
Height Sedan: 1,426 mm (56.1 in)
Wagon: 1,465 mm (57.7 in)
Coupe: 1,406 mm (55.4 in)
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz C 180 K sedan (Australia)
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz C 240 wagon (US)
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz C 32 AMG (US)
Facelift Mercedes-Benz C 55 AMG (Canada)

In 1994, development began on the next C-Class. Design work commenced in mid-1994, with the final design being approved in December 1995 by the executive board.[12] Design patents were filed on 20 April 1998 and 4 March 1999.[13][14] Testing was conducted throughout the late 1990s, with development concluding in late 1999. 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. Most of the engines were carried over from the W202, but the C 320 was exclusive, offering 160 kW (218 PS). The diesels now featured common rail direct fuel injection and variable geometry turbochargers. Six-speed manual gearboxes were now standard for the entire range, except the C 320. Notably, for the first time, the number designations were no longer equivalent to the engine displacement, more specifically in the C 200 (1.8-litre), C 240 (2.6-litre) and C 200 CDI (2.2-litre).

Mercedes-Benz debuted a coupe variant in October 2000, labelled the C-Class SportCoupé and given the model designation CL203 (see below). The third body variant, a station wagon codenamed S203 arrived in 2001. Then in 2002 for the 2003 model year, a new family of supercharged four cylinder engines, dubbed M271, debuted for the entire range C-Class range. All of them used the same 1.8-litre engine, with different designations according to horsepower levels, including a version powered by natural gas. The C 230 Kompressor variant sported 142 kW (190 hp).[15][16] The newer 1.8-litre was less powerful but smoother and more efficient than the older 2.3-litre engine (141 kW (192 PS) compared to 142 kW (193 PS). For the C 240 and C 320, 4MATIC four-wheel drive versions were also offered in addition to rear-wheel drive.

Along with the C-Class Estate (wagon), the SportCoupé was discontinued in Canada and the United States after the 2005 model year. The SportCoupé continued on sale in other markets until 2008. From October 2000 until 2007, a total of 230,000 SportCoupé were built in the Bremen factory and in Brazil.[17]

As of 20 Sep 2006, over two million C-Class vehicles (including sedan, station wagon and SportCoupé) had been sold since March 2000, with 1.4 million sedans since May 2000, 330,000 wagons since spring 2001, 283,000 Sports Coupé since spring 2001. Over 30 percent of total sales occurred in Germany, and over 20 percent in the United States.[18] The last W203 C-Class sedan was produced on 14 December 2006 at the Sindelfingen plant.[19]

AMG (2001–2007)[edit]

C 32[edit]

After the performance of the AMG models in the previous generation, Mercedes-Benz attempted to increase sales among high-end buyers by introducing two different AMG versions in the new model, also in 2001. The C 32 AMG scaled back down to a 3.2-litre V6 engine, to match the E46 M3 displacement and improve weight distribution, but it required a twin-screw type supercharger (manufactured by IHI) to reach 260 kW (354 PS) and 450 N·m (332 lb·ft). Like its predecessors, it used a five-speed automatic, helping it to complete a 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) sprint within 5.2 seconds. The C 32 AMG Sportcoupe was only offered by request as an AMG STUDIO order. This car was produced only in 2003 and the production numbers are unknown. The C 32 was mainly sold as a sedan. However, a limited run of C 32 station wagons were made for some markets.

C 30 CDI[edit]

Another version was the C 30 CDI AMG, using a 3.0-litre five-cylinder diesel engine, capable of 170 kW (231 PS) and 540 N·m (398 lb·ft). Both were available in all three body styles, but the diesel model did not reach sales expectations and was retired in 2004. The car's exterior resembled that of the C 32 AMG. This was the only diesel AMG produced.

C 55[edit]

Along with the mid-generation refresh of the C-Class in 2005, the C 32 AMG was also replaced, giving way to a new 5.4-litre naturally aspirated V8-powered C 55 AMG. This was an evolution of the V8 engine found in the previous E-Class, with power raised to 270 kW (367 PS) and torque climbing to 510 N·m (376 lb·ft). The C 55 AMG uses a V8 from the same engine family as the W202 generation C 43 AMG. Though maximum speed is still limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), the 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) time has dropped to 4.7 seconds.[20] Unlike the less-powerful V6s in the rest of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the C 55 AMG continued to use the five-speed automatic with AMG Speedshift. The C 55 shares its longer front end design with the CLK 55 AMG to accommodate the large 5.4-litre engine. The C 55 AMG is the only AMG model to feature different structure than its base Mercedes platform. The C 55 was the first AMG C-Class to feature quad exhaust outlets and an external differential cooler. The Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time seen on List of Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times for the C 55 AMG is 8:22 compared to 8:37 for the C 32 AMG mainly due to the revised suspension and extra torque. The C 55 was mainly sold as a sedan with a portion of wagons being sold in European markets.

Typical of AMG cars during this time period, the C 32 and C 55 are rare cars. For example: for every C 32 sold, about 10 BMW M3s were sold.

Facelift[edit]

Facelift Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon (Germany)

The C-Class was refreshed in early 2004. In North America, the refresh took effect for the 2005 model year. The interior styling was changed in all three body styles. The instrument cluster was revised to display a set of analogue gauges, and the center console and audio systems were revised. A fully integrated iPod connection kit was available as was a better Bluetooth phone system made optional. For the North American market C 230, the "sport" package was made standard which included AMG edition bumpers, side skirts, and a rear spoiler.

Several all-new M272 and OM642 V6 engines were introduced later in the year. In North America, the changes took effect for the 2006 model year. The C 230, C 280, C 350 replaced the C 240 and C 320, the new-generation six-cylinder engines developed substantially more power than the older versions, by as much as 24 percent, whilst also increasing fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions. The C 230, C 280 and C 350 developed 150 kW (204 PS), 170 kW (231 PS) and 200 kW (272 PS) respectively. The three-valve twin spark design was replaced by a four-valve design, now with variable valve timing. On the diesel side, Mercedes-Benz released a brand-new 3.0-litre V6. Fitted to the C 320 CDI, the new diesel cut CO2 emissions and fuel consumption over the old C 270 CDI, and increased outputs to 165 kW (224 PS) and its torque of 510 N·m (380 lb·ft) made it the worlds most powerful diesel at the time. The C 220 CDI received a power increase from 105 to 110 kW (143 to 150 PS). In addition, these engines also received the new seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic transmission.

Coupe[edit]

2000–2008: SportCoupé (CL203)[edit]

2001–2004 Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI SportCoupé (Germany)
2001–2004 Mercedes-Benz C 200 K SportCoupé (Australia)

Introduced to Europe in October 2000, the C-Class SportCoupé (codenamed CL203) was a three-door hatchback coupe with a fastback profile, based on the regular W203 C-Class range. North American sales began in 2001 for the 2002 model year.

While the C-Class sedan and wagon had the traditional Mercedes horizontal bar grille with the hood ornament, the coupé had a star-grille front end. The coupé also had a swooping fastback roofline, and a functional rear spoiler at the short rear end that added downforce on the rear tires at high speeds. One exclusive option to the coupé was a panorama sunroof that was intended to make the rear seats feel less cramped. The coupé was seven inches (178 mm) shorter overall compared to the sedan but both share the same wheelbase length.[21]

Initial engine options comprised the C 180 (139 PS), C 220 (143 PS), C 200 Kompressor, and C 230 Kompressor. In 2003, Mercedes-Benz added the C 180 Kompressor, followed by the C 200 CGI in 2003, and finally the C 160 Kompressor in 2005. The C 230 SportCoupé was powered by a 2.3-litre supercharged, four-cylinder motor. It offered 143 kW (192 hp) and 270 N·m (200 lb·ft) of torque. However, the supercharged inline-four engine was considered to be coarse and noisy at the high end.[16][22]

While BMW's 3-Series hatchback was criticized as looking like a full-sized 3-series with the rear chopped off,[16] the Sportcoupé's fastback profile was considered a more stylist off-shoot of the C-Class sedan. While the C 230 base model enabled the automaker to reach a lower price point than existing models sold in North America,[23] some suggested that the hatchback configuration (as "liftback" is almost never used in North America) and the "inexpensive Mercedes" moniker would undermine the marque which was traditionally composed of expensive cars. It also lacked standard leather seats and a CD player, amenities typically expected of German luxury imports (especially a Mercedes).

Like the BMW 3-Series hatchback, the SportCoupé proved unpopular with the younger buyers it was targeted towards, due to high prices compared to the lower entry-level models it was competing against, as well as unfavorable exchange rates. The C 230 Sport Coupe and the C 320 Sport Coupe were the two most inexpensive models in the U.S. and Canadian C-Class lineup at the time.[22][23]

Mercedes found that the Sportcoupé was a popular first Mercedes for new customers, 40 per cent of whom reportedly return to buy more expensive models later on.[24][25][26]

2008–2011: CLC-Class (CL203)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz CLC 200 Kompressor (Australia)
Mercedes-Benz CLC 200 Kompressor (Australia)

The SportCoupé was spun off into its own separate line called the CLC-Class in 2008. The car was presented at the 2008 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, which took place from 27 to 31 January.[27] The CLC was produced in Brazil at the company’s plant in Juiz de Fora, close to the state border with Rio de Janeiro.[28]

Although the CLC is still based on the W203 platform, it was facelifted with an updated front and tail inspired by the W204 series C-Class. The refresh reworked the rear and front along with some other refinements and new details (Mercedes claimed around 1,100 components), including a steering system borrowed from the SLK-Class and a revised suspension.[29] Out of the sheetmetal of the CLC-Class, only the doors and roof were carried over from the Sportcoupé. The interior is still largely similar to the first-generation SportCoupé, although it did receive the Steering wheel from face lifted W219 and an updated optional navigation system.

Some auto journalists noted that the improvements were limited in order to differentiate the CLC-Class and protect the status of the more lucrative marques in the lineup; one reviewer stated the "CLC does just about enough to introduce new customers to the world of Mercedes" and that it had the "feel of an authentic Mercedes-Benz, which is more than I’d say about the A-Class and B-Class front-wheel-drive hatchbacks".[30] Due to the age of the W203 platform which "exudes a level of float and wallow" not found in the W204 C-Class, the CLC received mixed reviews against sportier rivals such as the BMW 1 Series coupé (a successful replacement of the 3-Series hatchback).[30]

In 2009 the CLC 160 BlueEFFICIENCY was added to the range, and the CLC 230 was rechristened as the CLC 250.

Daimler AG decided that the CLC would not continue production. Instead, the W204 C-Class received a traditionally designed coupé added to the lineup for the 2012 model year, coinciding with the facelifted W204 sedan/saloon in the fourth quarter of 2011. The 2012 C-Class Coupe is positioned directly against the BMW 3 Series Coupé.

C-series engines[edit]

CLC-series engines[edit]


W204 (2007–2014)[edit]

W204
2010 Mercedes-Benz C 200 CGI (W204) Classic sedan 03.jpg
Overview
Production 2007–2014
Model years 2008–2014
Assembly Bremen, Germany
Sindelfingen, Germany
East London, South Africa
6th of October City, Egypt (EGA)[8]
Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Pekan, Malaysia (DRB-HICOM)
Bogor, Indonesia
Pune, India
Beijing, China (Beijing Benz)
Designer Karl Heinz Bauer (2003, 2004)[31]
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon
5-door estate
2-door coupe
Powertrain
Engine

1.6 L-1.8 L M271 I4 Kompressor
2.5–3.5 L M272 V6
6.2 L M156 V8 AMG
2.1 L OM611 Diesel I4
2.1 L OM651 Diesel I4

3.0 L OM642 Diesel V6
Transmission 6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
7-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,760 mm (108.7 in)
Length

4,582 mm (180.4 in) (sedan)
4,596 mm (180.9 in) (wagon)

4,726 mm (186.1 in) (C63 AMG sedan)
Width

1,770 mm (69.7 in)

1,795 mm (70.7 in) (C 63 AMG)
Height 1,447 mm (57.0 in)

Initial version[edit]

DaimlerChrysler introduced a new generation of the C-Class on 18 January 2007[32] and displayed it in the 2007 Geneva Auto Show. Sales started on 31 March 2007 in almost all European countries. The new vehicle has an extended wheelbase and tracks, a stiffer bodyshell and a design inspired by the most recent S-Class and some hints from the CLS-Class.

In the summer of 2003, the development of the W204 C-Class involved the use of a "digital prototype", which put a 2.1 terabyte digital replica of the car through a 15 million mile road course. This is an industry first which allowed for crash testing and more, before a physical prototype was actually constructed. The design of W204 was selected in 2003 and German design patents were first filed on 9 September 2004, showcasing a W204 fiberglass design model.[33]

Unlike the previous generations, the Estate (station wagon) version is no longer sold in North America, likely due to poor sales of the W203 model.[34]

The Mercedes E-class coupe (W207) shares its platform with the C-class.[35]

The W204 C-Class is the second best-selling entry-level luxury car in Canada and the United States, after the E90 BMW 3 Series.[36] and is the most popular mid-priced sedan in Mexico[37]

Early models include C 200 KOMPRESSOR, C 230, C 280, C 350, C 220 CDI, C 320 CDI. C 180 KOMPRESSOR, C 230, C 200 CDI were available beginning August 2007.[38]

In 2012, the W204 C-Class featured in the Top 10 Best Selling Cars in Britain with over 37,261 sales, a first for Mercedes-Benz, although just behind its rival, the BMW 3 Series at 44,521 sales.

Trim levels[edit]

2007–2010 Mercedes-Benz C 200 Kompressor (W204) base model Classic sedan (Australia)

The W204 C-Class has 4 trim levels of equipment – Classic, Elegance, Avantgarde, and AMG. The Classic is the base trim found only on the smaller four-cylinder engine models and come with Brighton cloth seats (ARTICO leather optional), while the Elegance has ARTICO leather (vinyl) upholstery standard (leather optional), and the Avantgarde has Liverpool/ARTICO fabric seats (leather optional). The Classic and Elegance lines retain the traditional Mercedes-Benz radiator grille usually on sedan models, with a three-point star bonnet emblem, and is designed to appeal to regular luxury buyers. The Avantgarde and AMG have a grille similar to that on Mercedes' sport coupe models, with three horizontal bars and a large centre-mounted star, plus there is additional equipment such as a three-spoke steering wheel, AMG bodykit, lower sport suspension, upgraded brake piston calipers, and larger alloy wheels, and these configurations are designed to position the C-Class as a sports sedan. Unlike previous generations of the C-Class and other contemporary Mercedes sedans which stayed with the traditional grille and hood ornament, the W204's advertising predominantly features the sport grille and AMG bodykit, especially in Canada and the United States.

2010 Mercedes-Benz C 200 CGI base model Classic sedan (Australia)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Avantgarde wagon (Europe)

In the United Kingdom, the Classic line is known as the SE, while the Avantgarde line is known as the Sport which has an AMG bodykit and AMG alloy wheels as standard. Most of the lineup consists of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, there is also a 3.5L V6 petrol and 3.5L V6 diesel, and the V8 petrol for the C63 AMG.[39]

In the United States, the Elegance trim is on the C300 Luxury (RWD with 4MATIC option), while the Avantgarde is on the C300 Sport (only US market C-Class with available manual, RWD with 4MATIC option) and C350 Sport (RWD only). There is no Classic/SE trim, no four-cylinder engines, and no wagon body style. Both lines have an additional amber light in front of the front wheel well.

In Canada, only the AMG trim line is used, while Elegance/Luxury and Avantgarde/Sport trim names are not used. There is no Classic/SE trim, no four-cylinder engines, and no wagon body style. The base C230 (renamed the C250 from 2010 model year onward) is exclusive to the Canadian market and is the only model that has amenities similar to the Elegance/Luxury trim with the traditional grille and three-point star hood ornament. The other C-Class models (C300, C350, C63) all have the AMG bodykit and sport grille standard like the Avantgarde/Sport, and these are optional on the C230 via an $800 Sport Package (which rises to $1200 for the 2011 model year due to the new LED fog lights). All models, except for C63 AMG, are available in both RWD and 4MATIC.[40][41]

Equipment[edit]

For the 2008-11 model year vehicles, the middle of the dashboard has a sliding panel that reveals the color LCD screen, which displays radio and other vehicle secondary functions when the car is in operation. C-Class cars that have the COMAND APS with navigation receive a larger TFT screen (7-inch), which retracts to allow the panel to cover it when the vehicle shuts down.[42][43][44] The 2012 model year facelift changes the interior layout considerably, as it removes the retractable cover and replaces it with a fixed screen connecting into the instrument cluster, making it similar to the E-Class and GLK-Class.

The 2010 models of the C-Class received a new style of turn signals on the side mirrors. For 2011 model year onwards, the bumper fog lamps in the AMG bodykit have been replaced by LED lights, except for the C63 AMG which retains its unique bumper.

There is a special system exclusive to this class, named 'Agility control' package, which through its unique concept provides drivers with excellent agility and ride quality. It achieves this feat through a hydro-mechanical set up, which constantly analyzes road conditions and driving 'habits', then it adjusts damper & suspension settings accordingly to provide the driver the best possible balance between ride comfort and agility. Buyers can opt for 'Advanced agility control' package that offers the 'sport' mode button.

Vision C 220 BLUETEC (2007)[edit]

It is a concept sedan demonstrating Mercedes-Benz's first 4-cylinder BLUETEC Diesel engine complying with the EURO 6 emission standard. It includes an inline-4 cylinder variable nozzle turbocharged engine with third-generation common-rail direct injection rated 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) and 400 N·m (295 lb·ft), 6-speed manual transmission, exhaust gas recirculation, particulate filter, oxidising and SCR catalytic converters. The car accelerates from 0–100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, with the top speed of 229 km/h (142 mph).

The vehicle was unveiled in 2007 Geneva Motor Show.[45][46][47]

C 300 Bluetec Hybrid (2007)[edit]

It is a near-production study based on the C-Class Estate. It includes a 4-cylinder engine and hybrid combine rated 224 PS (165 kW; 221 hp) and 560 N·m (413 lb·ft).

The vehicle was unveiled in 2007 Tokyo Motor Show.[48][49]

4MATIC models (2007–)[edit]

4MATIC models include 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission, permanently active all wheel drive with 45:55 torque split, transfer case with multi-disc clutch centre differential, 4ETS traction control, Electronic Stability Program.

C 320 CDI 4MATIC and C 350 4MATIC models also include ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE trim package option, which include 17-inch light-alloy wheels, a luxury multifunction steering wheel and fine wood or aluminium trim in the interior.[50]

The vehicles went on sale on summer 2007. Early models include C 320 CDI 4MATIC, C 280 4MATIC, C 350 4MATIC.[51]

C-Class Estate (2007–)[edit]

C-Class Estate was unveiled in 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show, and later in 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007,[48] followed by Auto China 2010.[52]

The vehicles went on sale in September 2007. Early models include C 200 CDI, C 220 CDI, C 320 CDI, C 320 CDI 4MATIC, C 180 KOMPRESSOR, C 200 KOMPRESSOR, C 230, C 280, C 350.[53][54][55]

BlueEFFICIENCY models (2008–)[edit]

These variants featured additional fuel savings over regular models. Fuel efficiencies were increased via weight reduction using newly developed windscreen made of laminated glass from Maybach saloon, optimised noise-insulating firewall lining, using forged lightweight wheels with low rolling resistance tyres from Michelin, lightweight transmission; reducing drag coefficient to 0.25 via smooth underbody cladding, radiator grille shutter, sealing the joins between the bonnet and headlamps, as well as between the bumper and headlamps, streamlined exterior mirrors housing, lowering the suspension by 15 millimetres, aerodynamically tuned wheels; servo pump shut-off in power steering system; new 6-speed manual transmission with newly developed final drive featuring further-improved antifriction bearings and forged differential gears, longer final-drive ratios (C 180 KOMPRESSOR, C 200 CDI); ECO Training mode cockpit; reduced engine displacement, optimising the combustion chamber, mixture formation and engine friction (C 180 KOMPRESSOR); direct injection with max 200 bar piezoelectric fuel injectors (C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY).

Early models were introduced in spring 2008, including C 180 KOMPRESSOR BlueEFFICIENCY, C 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY.[56]

C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY were introduced in 2009. C 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY includes direct injection. All 3 models include choice of saloon or estate body.[57]

C 180 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY were added in 2010, with C 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY and C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY available in autumn 2010. All 4 models include choice of saloon or estate body. ECO start/stop function is included for C 180 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. Direct petrol injection were added for C 180 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY. C 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY includes Electronic Stability Program, traction system 4ETS.[58]

C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY (2008–)[edit]

C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY included standard Elegance or Avantgarde equipment line. Saloon model includes AMG spoiler lip on the boot lid, a dual-flow exhaust system with polished stainless steel tailpipe trim, seven-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, 16-inch light alloy or no charge optional 17-inch wheels, speed-sensitive steering, "SPEEDTRONIC" cruise control with variable limit speed.

European model was sold for 46,796.75 euros (incl. VAT).[59]

C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY was unveiled in 2008 Geneva Motor Show.[60]

C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition (2008–)[edit]

It is a limited (5000 units) version of C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY saloon with AVANTGARDE equipment line. It includes 16-inch light-alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres, and no-cost optional 16-inch 7-spoke wheel with 205/55 R16 tyres and 17-inch light-alloy 5-twin-spoke wheels with 225/45 R17 front and 205/40 R17 rear tyres; floor mats with the lettering "Prime Edition", aluminium (optional: bird's-eye maple) trim.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2008 Paris Motor Show.

European model went on sale for €40,638.50 (including VAT).[61][62]

AMG model [edit]

2008–2010 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG sedan, Germany
2008–2010 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG sedan, Germany
Facelift Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG coupe, Australia

The C63 AMG is reportedly the first AMG-Mercedes designed from the ground up for performance. Its AMG C-Class predecessors had essentially featured "bolt on" performance modifications, and according to Car and Driver these earlier AMG models suffered from "relentless understeer" and "heavy steering".[63] The C63 AMG has a revised front end suspension that is taken from the CLK 63 AMG Black Series.[64] The ESP can now be completely turned off, interfering only under heavy braking. The C63 AMG also has the quickest, most responsive steering of any Mercedes to date. AOL Autos described the new C63 as the best driver's car in the Mercedes lineup.[65]

The AMG 6.2L V8 engine, despite being detuned compared to other AMG offerings using the same powerplant, still provides the C63 AMG with more horsepower and torque over direct rivals such as the Audi RS4 and BMW M3.[63] The 7G-Tronic automatic transmission has AMG SpeedShift with three shift modes – Comfort, Sport and Manual – with the last one running with the converter locked allowing the driver to hold the engine at the rev limit. Car and Driver tested the car in their December 2007 issue and recorded a 0–60 mph time of 3.9 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 12.3 seconds at 116 mph (187 km/h).[66] This made the C63 AMG the quickest 4-door production sedan in the world at its debut.

C 63 AMG Performance Package Plus (2009–)[edit]

In 2009, Mercedes-AMG introduced Performance Package Plus for C 63 AMG saloon and estate models, which includes increasing power to 487 PS (358 kW; 480 hp)@6800rpm and 600 N·m (443 lb·ft)@5000, compound brake discs on the front axle and red painted brake callipers, composite brake discs connected aluminium bowl via cast-in arms, carbon fibre spoiler lip on the boot lid (saloon), AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather with a grip area trimmed in Alcantara. The product went on sale in December 2009 for €7080.50 and €6426 for saloon and estate respectively (including 19% VAT). Optional black designo leather, covering the upper section of the dashboard, the upper door trim and the armrest on the centre console, is available in conjunction with nappa leather appointments for €2856 (price includes 19% VAT).[67][68]

AMG P31 Development Package (2010–)[edit]

In 2010, Mercedes-AMG introduced a new "AMG P31 Development Package" for an extra $6,050, which ups the power to 487 PS (358 kW; 480 hp) compared to 457 PS (336 kW; 451 hp) for the standard model. Top speed has increased to 280 km/h (174 mph). When equipped with this package, the C63 AMG features a revised ECU and crankshaft.[69][70]

Concept 358 (2010)[edit]

It is a version of C 63 AMG sedan with designo Pearl Orange body colour, AMG Performance Package Plus, 19-inch multi spoke alloy wheels in black, KEYLESS-GO, extended designo leather upholstery.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Australian International Motor Show.[71]

C-Class DR 520 (2011–)[edit]

It is a limited (20 units) edition of C 63 AMG with AMG Performance Package Plus for the UK market. Introduced by Mercedes Specialist Products Division, it includes increased engine power to 525 PS (386 kW; 518 hp) and 650 N·m (479 lb·ft)) of torque. Only three have been sold as of 2013.[72]

The DR 520 costs £9,995 above the standard C 63 AMG price, making the DR 520 Saloon £62,430 and the Estate £63,680.[73][74]

Testing[edit]

The new C-Class completed 24 million test kilometers. Until 2009, it was the most tested Mercedes-Benz ever. However, 2009 also saw the launch of the new E-Class, which completed 36 million test kilometers.[75]

Motorsports[edit]

C 63 AMG was the official Safety Car for the second DTM race of the season in Oschersleben.[76]

C 63 AMG Estate became the Official F1 Medical Car in 2009 Formula 1 season.[77]

Engines[78][edit]

C 230 is sold as C 250 in Japan and Canada, C 260 in China.

Since November 2009, the new CGI engines replaced the kompressor engines, with the same output, more torque, and better fuel efficiency. the C 250 CGI, using an M271 engine with charged gasoline injection engine replaced the C 230 2.5 V6 engine, with same output but with more torque.

Versions of the car are available with a choice of rear- and all-wheel drive (the AWD system is the fourth-generation 4MATIC system, not available in right-hand drive format), along with a variety of four and six-cylinder engines (and a 6.2-litre V8 in the C 63 AMG). 4MATIC denotes all wheel drive models.

For C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, automatic start/stop system is added in 2010.[80]

Transmissions[edit]

Awards[edit]

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz C Class was awarded Car of the Year in Australia by Wheels Magazine, edging out the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 2 for the award.[81] It was also awarded "Executive Car of the Year" by Top Gear Magazine for the 2007 Top Gear Awards as well as being awarded 2007–08 Japan's Import Car of the Year in late 2007 and again in late 2011 for 2011–12.

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was awarded 'Yellow Angel 2008' by ADAC.[82]

C 63 AMG was awarded Europe Tuning Car of the Year 2008 by journalists of the UIGA, the Italian association of motoring journalists.[83]

Marketing[edit]

During the 2007 sedan launch, Mercedes-Benz started the 'C-for Yourself' campaign developed by BBDO France, featuring online campaign with a new 360-degree soft configurator, a host and interactive films; A 30-/40-second television commercial with new Formula 1 world champion race car driver Fernando Alonso as brand ambassador. An 'Exclusive Driving Experience' campaign in Barcelona ( 1–3 April 2007) allows some 80 consumers from all over Europe to experience the C-Class in an especially attractive environment. Vacationers who stay at selected Robinson Club Resorts and Westin Hotels & Resorts facilities in Germany, Austria, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece between May and September 2007 have opportunity to test-drive the new C-Class. Premium shopping malls attendants during April and May 2007 could also test drive the vehicles. The new C-Class vehicle also appeared in German Touring Car Masters series starting on 22 April 2007. Mercedes-Benz also started Mobile Special campaign that includes special mobile client software that can be called up either by text messaging (SMS) a number assigned to each country or directly from the Mercedes-Benz website in the participating markets. The Mobile Special also contains the dates of C-Class events and invitations to callers. C-Class Avantgarde model with the AMG package also appear in Second Life starting on 16 March 2007, where player can purchase the virtual model for 1,500 Linden Dollars or virtually test-drive it on a challenging track.[84]

As part of C-Class station wagon campaign, Mercedes-Benz launched print ad showing C-Class station wagon on a stage, flanked by a curtain and background scenery. A previously launched Mobile Special campaign was expanded to include the wagon. Mercedes-Benz also held test driving events between December 2007 and April 2008 in selected Robinson Club resorts, various vacation resorts in Fuerteventura and Turkey, Serfaus, Fiss, Ladis, and Ski Amadé (Austria). Between December 2007 and January 2008, spontaneous test driving events were also held in selected upscale shopping centers and malls in Germany.[85]

Production[edit]

C-Class sedans were produced in Sindelfingen plant, Beijing plant, and in East London, South Africa plant since 2007.[86]

C-Class Estate production began in DaimlerChrysler plant in Bremen.[87]

As of 3 April 2007, 75,000 orders have been received for the new C-Class sedan at the time of its market launch.[88]

The total sales of C-Class vehicles reached 261,500 in 2007.[82]

As of 2 June 2008, the C-Class vehicle sales exceeded 300,000 units.[89]

As of 21 November 2008, the C-Class vehicle sales reached 500,000 units, with 440,000 sedans and 60,000 wagons. The 250,000th C-Class - an iridium silver metallic C 220 CDI sedan - was produced in Sindelfingen and delivered to a customer in Japan.[90]

C-Class Coupé were produced beginning in 2011 at Bremen plant.[91]

As of 2 August 2010, the C-Class vehicle sales reached one million units, with 840,000 sedans and over 160,000 wagons. United States occupied 25 percent of total sales, followed by Germany and China.[92]

2011 Facelift[edit]

Facelift Mercedes-Benz C 350 Avantgarde, Germany
Facelift Mercedes-Benz C 250 (US)

In December 2010, Mercedes released some photos and details of W204 C-Class facelift, with the vehicle officially unveiled in 2011 Detroit Auto Show,[93] and later in Auto Shanghai 2011.[94]

Some new features of the new model includes engine start-stop system, 7G-TRONIC PLUS gearbox available for lower end models with revised gear ratios to improve fuel economy. There is also a minor revision of the exterior appearance, including LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. The interior has been significantly reworked to bring its arrangement and quality closer to the E-Class and S-Class. There is a high resolution screen on the dashboard which has visual functions similar to the S and CL Class models, and it also features the new Mercedes-Benz Comand APS system first seen on the 2010 E Class.

Ten new driving assistance systems, including Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection, DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control, Speed Limit Assist, Parking guidance including PARKTRONIC, PRE-SAFE Brake, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, are now available for this model series. The new-generation telematics include internet access and a 3D navigation display with plastic city views.

The multimedia system COMAND Online now provides internet access when car is stationary.

All the engine variants are now classed as BlueEFFICIENCY units. All petrol engine models include direct injection. All models with automatic transmission, except C 300 CDI 4MATIC, include 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission.

The C 350 will receive the new 3.5L V6 engine with a 60-degree vee-angle and direct injection. There will also be a new entry-level C 250 which has a 1.8L turbocharged inline-4 with direct injection.

Saloon and Estate versions could be ordered from 10 January 2011. The European market launch took place from March 2011. Early models include C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY, C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY, C 250 BlueEFFICIENCY, C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY, C 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY, C 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY, C 300 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY. Sales of C 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY began in June 2011.[95][96]

Sales of C 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Saloon and Estate began in June 2011.[97]

Beginning in June 2012, C-Class vehicles with COMAND Online also includes the new Mercedes-Benz emergency call system "eCall".[98]

North American models[edit]

The 2012 North American models became available for order at the dealers starting September 2011.

The C 300 and C 300 4MATIC (3.0L V6) will retain their 90-degree vee-angle V6 engines and the 7G-tronic transmission, while the 6-speed manual transmission which was previously available for the rear-wheel drive 2008–2011 C 230/250 and C 300 has now been dropped in North American markets due to low sales. For the 2013 model year, the C300 received the new 60-degree vee-angle V6 engine, which shares the same displacement but is detuned from the 3.5L found in the 2012 C350. The C300's new 3.5L engine makes 248 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, compared to 228 horsepower and 221 lb-ft from the old M272 3.0-litre.[99][100]

For the 2012 model year Canadian lineup, the C 250 RWD sedan with its turbo inline-4 (replacing the 2010-11 C 250 Canada-only model with a 2.5L V6 which was badged as the C 230 from 2008–09) was sold alongside the C 250 4MATIC (another Canada-only model with a 2.5L V6 which was badged as the C 230 4MATIC from 2008–09) since 4MATIC was not compatible with the turbo inline-4 engine.[101] For the 2013 model year, the sedan lineup was simplified considerably with the C250 turbo inline-4 RWD, C300 4MATIC, C 350 RWD, C 350 4MATIC, and C63 AMG.[102]

Japan models[edit]

The vehicles went on sale on 2011-05-30. Early models include C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY (with 1.8L engine) (Saloon/Estate/Coupé), C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY (Saloon/Estate), C 250 BlueEFFICIENCY (Saloon/Estate), C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY (Saloon/Estate).[103]

Delivery of C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY (with 1.8L engine) for all body styles began in 2012.[104]

Beginning in 2012-07-26, available models include C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY (with 1.8L engine) (Saloon/Estate/Coupé), C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY (Saloon/Estate), C 250 BlueEFFICIENCY (Saloon/Estate/Coupé), C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY (Saloon/Estate), C 63 AMG (Saloon/Estate/Coupé).[105]

C-Class Coupé (2011–)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe (US)

After the launch of the CLC in January 2008, development and design work began on a replacement. On 23 October 2008, a German design patent was filed for a conventional two-door coupe of the W204.[106][107] C-Class Coupé was unveiled in 2011 Geneva Motor Show.[108] Car and Driver noted that the styling was similar to the 2008-2012 Honda Accord Coupe.[109]

European models went on sale in June 2011, which included C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY, C 250 BlueEFFICIENCY, C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY, C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY.[110]

US models went on sale in September 2011, which included C 250, C 350, and C 63 AMG.[111]

C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY went on sale in 2012.[98]

C-Class 125!Edition (2011)[edit]

The C-Class 125!Edition are versions of C-Class vehicle commemorating 125th anniversary of Karl Benz inventing automobile.

C 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Avantgarde 125!Edition includes 17-inch AMG twin spoke sport aluminium wheel, brake and drilled bench rated disc (front) with Mercedes-Benz logo, leather sports seat at front, leather upholstered 3-spoke steering wheel, stainless acceleration and brake pedals, sports suspension.

C 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY 125!Edition includes LED driving headlamps with intelligent light system, bi-xenon headlamp with headlamp washer, 8-way power seat for front seats.

C 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Avantgarde 125!Edition includes 18-inch AMG twin spoke sport aluminium wheel, brake and drilled bench rated disc (front) with Mercedes-Benz logo, leather sports seat at front, leather upholstered 3-spoke steering wheel, stainless acceleration and brake pedals, sports suspension.

Japan versions are sold in limited quantity (650 units total) which included C 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Avantgarde 125!Edition (380 Sedan/Estate), C 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY 125!Edition (250 Sedan/Estate), C 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Avantgarde 125!Edition (20 Sedan/Estate).[112]

C 63 AMG (2011–)[edit]

Beginning in 2011, the C63 AMG includes the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT transmission from SL 63 AMG, replacing the 7G-Tronic automatic transmission with AMG SpeedShift. Other features include new 5 twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey, 235/40 R 18 front and 255/35 R 18 rear tyres, all-colour three-dimensional TFT display in the middle of the redesigned speedometer, three-spoke AMG performance steering wheel from CLS 63 AMG, aluminium shift paddles with manual gear selection, optional designo leather upholstery.

AMG Performance package includes raising engine power to 487 PS (358 kW; 480 hp)@6800rpm and 600 N·m (443 lb·ft)@5000, 0–100 km/h acceleration time of 4.4 seconds (Estate: 4.5 s), composite front discs and red painted brake calipers, carbon-fibre spoiler lip on the boot lid (Saloon) and the AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather with an Alcantara grip area.

Edition 1 model (Coupé only) includes AMG sports seats, door centre panels and armrests in black designo leather with contrasting porcelain seams on the sports seats, trim parts with porcelain piano-lacquer look, two-tone AMG performance steering wheel sets black nappa leather off with a lower section in porcelain designo leather, AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in matt black.

Sales of Saloon and Estate models began in July 2011.[113]

Coupé models went on sale in July 2011.[114]

Japan versions of Saloon, Estate, Coupé went on sale on 2011-08-25.[115]

Taiwan version of C63 Coupé went on sale in limited quantity (10 units).[116]

C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series (2012–)[edit]

Available in Coupé body, it includes an upgraded version of C 63 AMG engine rated 517 PS (380 kW; 510 hp)@6800rpm and 620 N·m (457 lb·ft)@5000rpm, zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds acceleration, 255/35 R 19 and 285/30 R 19 wheels, black diffuser insert from SLS AMG GT3, chromed twin tailpipes, AMG sports suspension with AMG rear axle differential lock, three-stage ESP, two AMG sports bucket seats, black DINAMICA microfibre upholstery on the centre panels of the seats and doors, omission of the rear bench seat (single rear seats available as option), AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre, steering wheel rim featuring flattened top and bottom sections has aluminium shift paddles for manual gear changes, red seat belts and red contrasting top stitching on the steering wheel, on the seats, door centre panels, armrests on the doors, the centre console and on the shift lever gaiter, three autonomous round dials has a three-dimensional TFT colour display.

AMG Track Package includes 255/35 R 19 front and 285/30 R 19 rear sports tyres from Dunlop, active rear-axle transmission cooling with radiator in the rear apron.

AMG Aerodynamics package includes carbon fibre flics on front apron, carbon-fibre functionally tuned front splitter, fixed carbon-fibre rear aerofoil with an adjustable blade.

The vehicle went on sale in January 2012 for 115,430 euros (incl. 19% VAT).[117] China and US models went on sale in March 2012.[118]

Mercedes wanted to build only 650 units, but after the success, they have built 800 units.

Sales of Japan version began in 2011-10-03 in limited quantities (50 units), with delivery began in 2012 spring.[119]

C 63 AMG Coupé Performance Studio Taiwan Edition (2011?)[edit]

It is a limited (10 units) version of C 63 AMG Coupé for Taiwan market. It included designo magno night black body colour, AMG 19-inch allow wheels in matte black, AMG carbon fibre interior trim, black leather seat with red piping, AMG steering wheel in black suede and red stitching, AMG floor mat with red trim, 'Taiwan Edition' laser-etched sill plate with red AMG logo.[120]

C 63 AMG Performance Studio Edition (2012–)[edit]

It is a version of C 63 AMG sedan with AMG Performance Package, for Japan market. It included designo magno night black body colour, designo classic red interior colour, AMG carbon interior trim, 19-inch AMG multi-spoke forged alloy wheels in matte black and fine opal, AMG performance studio leather package (nappa full leather seat in designo classic red and black stitching, embossed AMG emblem at headrests, AMG performance steering wheel in designo classic red and designo black 2-tone, nappa leather at dashboard and upper panel and front seat arm rest and shift boot in designo black with red stitching, handcraft AMG floor mat with designo classic red nappa leather piping, AMG door lock pin), AMG performance media, harmon/kardon 7 sound audio system.

The vehicle went on sale on 2012-05-30, with delivery began in November 2012.[121][122]

C-Class Coupé Sport, AMG Plus Sports package (2012–)[edit]

Available in C 250 Sport and C 250 CDI Sport, C-Class Coupé Sport includes following:

  • AMG Plus Sports package
  • black exterior mirrors
  • AMG sports suspension with spring and damper setup for optimised lateral dynamics plus modified camber and bearings
  • Sports braking system with larger brake discs
  • Speed-sensitive sports steering with more direct ratio
  • Sports exhaust system, with sound generator in the rear silencer in the case of the C 250 CDI Sport
  • Engine management with more responsive accelerator mapping
  • More sporty transmission configuration in S and M mode, with shorter shift times, double-declutch function and active downshift when braking

AMG Plus Sports package includes following:

  • AMG 7-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in high-gloss black with high-sheen finish, tyre size 225/40 R 18 (front) and 255/35 R 18 (rear)
  • AMG bodystyling with front apron, side sill panels and rear apron
  • AMG spoiler lip
  • Sports seats in black ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA with red contrasting topstitching
  • Door centre panels in black DINAMICA
  • 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened lower section and red contrasting topstitching
  • designo seat belts in red (deselectable option)
  • Sports pedal cluster in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs
  • Red contrasting topstitching on selector lever, centre console armrest and door panels
  • AMG floor mats with red edging band

C-Class Coupé Sport went on sale in June 2012.[123]

C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series Performance Studio Edition (2012–)[edit]

It is a limited (20 units) version of C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series for Japan market. It included matte black exterior parts, designo magno cashmere white interior trim with AMG Black Series logo, AMG door lock pin with AMG logo, AMG shift knob with AMG Affalterbach emblem, handcraft AMG floor mat with AMG logo, no-cost optional 'AMG Performance Studio' side decal, matte black 19-inch AMG 10-spoke forged alloy wheel, AMG aerodynamic package (carbon flicks, carbon front splitter, carbon rear aero wing), AMG sport bucket seat in DIAMICA/2-seater leather, AMG performance steering wheel in DIAMICA leather, AMG performance media, AMG parameter steering, AMG enhanced brake system, front spoiler, side skirt, rear skirt, ABS, AMG diffuser, AMG emblem with AMG Black Series logo.

The vehicle went on sale on 2012-10-18, with delivery began in February 2013.[124]

C 63 AMG "Edition 507" (2013–)[edit]

Available in Saloon, Coupé, Estate bodies, it is a version of C 63 AMG with increased engine power to 507 PS (373 kW; 500 hp)@6800rpm and 610 N·m (450 lb·ft)@5200rpm, bonnet from C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series, AMG light-alloy cross-spoke wheels in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish or matt black with high-sheen rim flanges, 235/35 R 19 front and 255/30 R 19 rear tyres, AMG sports stripes in matt graphite grey above the side sill panels; spoiler lip on the boot lid (Saloon and Coupé only), exterior mirror housings, surrounds on the radiator grille and daytime driving lights in high-gloss black; darkened headlamps, optional designo magno platinum body colour, 360 x 36 mm composite front brake discs, 6-piston aluminium fixed front callipers, 4-piston fixed rear callipers, choice of 3 interior upholstery types (porcelain designo leather/DINAMICA with light-coloured contrasting topstitching, black designo leather/DINAMICA with light-coloured contrasting topstitching, black designo leather), AMG Performance steering wheel in Alcantara with light-coloured contrasting stitching and a 12-o'clock marking, selector lever of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission in DINAMICA with AMG badge, steering wheel and selector lever gaiter with light-coloured contrasting stitching, AMG instrument cluster with red applications, trim in high-gloss black piano lacquer, "Edition 507" badge on the trim on the front passenger side.

AMG Performance Studio options include:

  • AMG door sill panels, illuminated in white featuring LED technology
  • AMG floor mats
  • AMG rear axle locking differential
  • AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in titanium grey and with a high-sheen finish, with tyres in sizes 235/40 R 18 (front) and 255/35 R 18 (rear)
  • AMG Performance suspension
  • AMG Performance Media
  • AMG carbon-fibre/high gloss black piano lacquer-look trim
  • extended appointments in designo black leather comprising: upper part of dashboard, beltlines in the doors finished in designo black leather
  • vehicle collection from the AMG Customer Center in Affalterbach (for Germany)

The vehicle was set to be unveiled in 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Sales release was scheduled to begin on 8 April 2013, with Germany market launch beginning in June 2013.[125]

The US models are sold as 2014 model year vehicles in Saloon and Coupé bodies, replacing the existing AMG Development Package. It also includes voucher for a driver training session at the AMG Driving Academy. Sales was set to begin in Summer of 2013.[126]

Motorsports[edit]

C 63 AMG Estate with AMG Performance Package was used as official F1 Medical Car in 2011 Formula 1 World Championship series.[127]

Body style[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Saloon Estate Coupé
C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY (1.8L) 2011–2012 2011–2012 2011–2012
C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY (1.6L) 2012- 2012- 2012-
C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2011- 2012-
C 250 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2011- 2011-
C 250 Sport na na 2012-
C 300 4MATIC[128] 2012- na na
C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2011- 2011-
C 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- na na
C 63 AMG 2011- 2011- 2011-
C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series na na 2012-
C 63 AMG "Edition 507" 2013- 2013- 2013-
Diesel engines
Model Saloon Estate Coupé
C 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2011- na
C 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2011- na
C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2011- 2011-
C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition 2012- 2012- 2012?-
C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2011- 2011-
C 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2011- na
C 250 Sport na na 2012-
C 300 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2011- na
C 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2011- na

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type Power, torque@rpm
C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011–2012 1,796 cc (110 cu in) 16V I4 turbo (M 271 DE 18 AL red.) 156 PS (115 kW; 154 hp)@5000, 250 N·m (184 lb·ft)@1600
C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY 2012- 1,595 cc (97 cu in) 16V I4 turbo (M 270 DE 16 AL) 156 PS (115 kW; 154 hp)@5000, 250 N·m (184 lb·ft)@1250–4000
C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 1,796 cc (110 cu in) 16V I4 turbo (M 271 DE 18 AL) 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp)@5250, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1800
C 250 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 1,796 cc (110 cu in) 16V I4 turbo (M 271 DE 18 AL) 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@5500, 310 N·m (229 lb·ft)@2000-4300
C 250 Sport 2012- 1,796 cc (110 cu in) 16V I4 turbo (M 271 DE 18 AL) 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@5500, 310 N·m (229 lb·ft)@2300-4300
C 300 4MATIC (Canada) 2012- 3,498 cc (213 cu in) 24V V6 (M 276 DE 35 red.) 251 PS (185 kW; 248 hp)@6500, 340 N·m (251 lb·ft)@3400-4500
C 300 4MATIC (USA) 2012- 3,498 cc (213 cu in) 24V V6 (M 276 DE 35 red.) 251 PS (185 kW; 248 hp)@6500, 340 N·m (251 lb·ft)@3500-4500
C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 3,498 cc (213 cu in) 24V V6 (M 276 DE 35) 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@6500, 370 N·m (273 lb·ft)@3500
C 350 (US/Canada) 2012- 3,498 cc (213 cu in) 24V V6 (M 276 DE 35) 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@6500, 370 N·m (273 lb·ft)@3500-5250
C 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 3,498 cc (213 cu in) 24V V6 (M 276 DE 35) 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@6500, 370 N·m (273 lb·ft)@3500
C 350 4MATIC (US/Canada) 2012- 3,498 cc (213 cu in) 24V V6 (M 276 DE 35) 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@6500, 370 N·m (273 lb·ft)@3500-5250
C 63 AMG 2011- 6,208 cc (379 cu in) 32V V8 (M 156 KE 63) 457 PS (336 kW; 451 hp)@6800, 600 N·m (443 lb·ft)@5000

AMG Performance Package: 487 PS (358 kW; 480 hp)@6800, 600 N·m (443 lb·ft)@5000

C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series 2012- 6,208 cc (379 cu in) 32V V8 (M 156 KE 63) 517 PS (380 kW; 510 hp)@6800, 620 N·m (457 lb·ft)@5200
C 63 AMG "Edition 507" 2013- 6,208 cc (379 cu in) 32V V8 (M 156 KE 63) 507 PS (373 kW; 500 hp)@6800, 610 N·m (450 lb·ft)@5200
Diesel engines
Model Years Type Power, torque@rpm
C 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA red.) 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp)@2800, 300 N·m (221 lb·ft)@1400
C 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA red.) 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)@2800, 360 N·m (266 lb·ft)@1600
C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 twin turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)@3000-4200, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1400-2800
C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition 2012- 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 twin turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)@3000-4200, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1400-2800
C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 2-stage turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@4200, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1600
C 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 2-stage turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@4200, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1600-1800
C 250 CDI Sport 2012- 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 2-stage turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@4200, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1600-1800
C 300 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2,987 cc (182 cu in) 24V V6 turbo (OM 642 DE 30 LA) 231 PS (170 kW; 228 hp)@3800, 540 N·m (398 lb·ft)@1600
C 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 2,987 cc (182 cu in) 24V V6 turbo (OM 642 LS DE 30 LA) 265 PS (195 kW; 261 hp)@3800, 620 N·m (457 lb·ft)@1600–2400

In 2012, C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY was replaced by 1,595 cc (97 cu in) turbo engine.[129]

C 250 Sport is sold as C 250 Coupe in Canada.

Transmissions[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Standard Optional
C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY (M 271) 2009–2012 6-speed manual 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC Plus)
C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY (M 270) 2012- 6-speed manual 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC PLUS)
C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 6-speed manual 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC PLUS)
C 250 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC Plus) na
C 250 Sport 2012- 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC PLUS) na
C 300 4MATIC 2012- 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC PLUS) na
C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC PLUS) na
C 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC PLUS) na
C 63 AMG 2011- 7-speed automatic (AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT) na
C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series 2012- 7-speed automatic (AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT) na
C 63 AMG "Edition 507" 2013- 7-speed automatic (AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT) na
Diesel engines
Model Years Standard Optional
C 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 6-speed manual 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC PLUS)
C 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 6-speed manual 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC PLUS)
C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 6-speed manual 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC PLUS)
C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition 2012- 6-speed manual 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC PLUS) (sedan)
C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 6-speed manual 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC PLUS)
C 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC PLUS) 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC Plus)
C 250 CDI Sport 2012- 7-speed automatic with paddle shifter (7G-TRONIC PLUS) na
C 300 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC) na
C 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC PLUS) na

Motorsports[edit]

C 63 AMG Estate is used as Formula 1 World Championship as Official F1 Medical Car.[127]

Marketing[edit]

As part of the 2011 model year launch campaign, Two 45 and 30-second TV advertisements was made, which take a humorous and cinematographic approach to the C-Class Saloon and Estate models, focusing in particular on the innovative ATTENTION ASSIST system, which detects and provides early warning of the onset of driver drowsiness. The 20-second pre-roll titled 'Souvenir' takes an enjoyable approach to the C-Class Estate’s 1,500-litre load capacity. Printed ad features C-Class photographed against an urban backdrop, with the 'living city look' highlights the sportiness and dynamic qualities of the vehicles.[130]

As part of the C-Class Coupé campaign, an interactive web video titled 'Drive & Seek' was released on March 2011, featuring the theft of a work of art, a car chase starring the new C-Class Coupé and the hero agents, who rely on the help of the user, who must stay focused and make split-second decisions in order to capture the thieves and return the painting to its rightful owner. Four short films highlight the C-Class Coupé’s top features in terms of agility, design, safety and comfort. The web special was accompanied by cinema-poster-style ads and posters. Print ad campaign started on 11 May, designed to show off the sporty and dynamic qualities and sleek design of the new C-Class Coupé. Three different ad images show the vehicle with a high-gloss finish in palladium silver on a disused air field in Jerez de la Fontera, Spain, where parts of the web thriller were also shot. In the bright midday sun, the Coupé comes across as a shining jewel. Messages such as “More style per hour, “Awe. Inspiring” or “Adrenaline accelerator included” accentuate the vehicle's modern image. The two 45- and 30-second cinema ads also take a humorous approach to the campaign slogan “More glances per hour”, which was released on 19 May 2011 serving as sequel to the Drive & Seek, linking back to the bank robbery featured in the film.[131]

A behind the scene video titled Making of C 63 AMG Coupe Fotoshooting was released by Mercedes AMG, featuring C63 AMG Coupe and a Ducati 848 in matching white.[132]

AMG "Black Series" 50' Marauder Cigarette Boat, a powerboat inspired by C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series and built by Cigarette Racing, was unveiled in 2012 Miami Boat Show.[133]

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP[edit]

Euro NCAP (pre-2009 testing)[134]
EuroNCAP adult occupant: 5/5 stars
Child occupant: 3/5 stars
Pedestrian: 2/4 stars
Euro NCAP (post-2009 testing)[135]
Adult occupant: 82%
Child occupant: 70%
Pedestrian: 30%

IIHS[edit]

IIHS moderate frontal offset score:[136] Good
IIHS small frontal offset score:[136] Poor (2010–present model years)
IIHS overall side crash test score:[137] Good
IIHS roof strength score:[137] Good

NHTSA[edit]

NHTSA crash test ratings (2007)[138]
Frontal Driver: 4/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 4/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Rear Passenger: 5/5 stars
Rollover: 4/5 stars
NHTSA crash test ratings (2011)[139]
Frontal Driver: 4/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 2/5 stars
Side Driver Front Seat (Male) 5/5 stars
Side Passenger Rear Seat (Female): 4/5 stars
Side pole Driver Seat (Female): 4/5 stars
Rollover: 4/5 stars

C-Class vehicle was rated Top Safety Pick 2009 by Institute for Highway Safety.[140]

C-Class Coupé earned five stars for occupant protection. The optional PRE-SAFE and PRE-SAFE Brake safety system received Euro NCAP Advanced prize.[141]

Concepts[edit]

Siemens, employing prototype hybrid technology, showed off a modified Mercedes C-Class Sport Coupe that boasts faster acceleration, more torque—and better fuel economy—than its gasoline-powered equivalent. However, the company admitted that the car was "far from ready for production", and too expensive to manufacture or sell.

Karmann also showed a concept of the W203 Sportcoupe (prefacelift), which was turned into a convertible car with softtop. This prototype never reached production status.

W205 (2014–)[edit]

W205
Mercedes-Benz C 220 BlueTEC AMG Line (W 205) – Frontansicht, 15. März 2014, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
Production 4 February 2014-present
Model years 2015-
Assembly Bremen, Germany
East London,
South Africa
Beijing, China (Beijing Benz)
Tuscaloosa Alabama USA
Pekan, Malaysia (DRB-HICOM)
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon
5-door estate
2-door coupe
W205 Mule, October 2013
W205 Mule, October 2013
Rear View

The next generation C-class was released at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The new structure is significantly lighter using aluminum extensively throughout the body, resulting in a 220-pound weight decrease.[142] According to Mercedes-Benz, the structure will be much more rigid than other vehicles in its class.[143]

It includes Sport and Luxury trims with 235-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged and 329-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine options. Mercedes all-wheel drive 4MATIC is standard across the initial offering. The car is about 3.7 inches longer and 1.7 inches wider than the W204.

The car was officially unveiled on 16 December 2013. W205 production commenced on Tuesday, 4 February 2014 at the Bremen plant.[144] European sales began in March while N. American sales are scheduled to begin in September.

Production and sales[edit]

On 10 Dec 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 local market.[154]

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