Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W204)

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W204)
2010 Mercedes-Benz C 200 CGI (W 204) Classic sedan (2010-09-19) 01.jpg
2010 Mercedes-Benz C 200 CGI (Australia)
Overview
ManufacturerDaimler AG
Production
  • 2007–2013 (saloon and estate)
  • 2011–2016 (coupé)
Model years2008–2014 (saloon and estate)
2012–2015 (coupé)
Assembly
DesignerKarlheinz Bauer (2003, 2004)[3]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact executive car (D)
Body style
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Front-engine all-wheel-drive (4matic models only)
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,760 mm (108.7 in)
Length
  • 4,582 mm (180.4 in) (saloon)
  • 4,596 mm (180.9 in) (wagon)
  • 4,726 mm (186.1 in) (C 63 AMG saloon)
Width
  • 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
  • 1,795 mm (70.7 in) (C 63 AMG)
Height1,447 mm (57.0 in)
Chronology
PredecessorMercedes-Benz C-Class (W203)
SuccessorMercedes-Benz C-Class (W205)

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W204) is a range of compact executive cars which were produced by the German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz from 2007 to 2014. It was the successor to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W203) and was eventually replaced by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W205) in 2014, though W204 coupé models were still produced for the 2015 model year. The W204 was produced in sedan (saloon), station wagon (estate), and coupé bodystyles. The coupé was introduced in 2011 alongside the facelifted W204 saloon and station wagon. The majority of C-Class versions are rear wheel drive (RWD) but some models (namely the 4MATIC) are available with all-wheel drive (AWD). The Mercedes-Benz E-Class (C207) also shares the W204 platform.[4]

Early models include the C 200 Kompressor, the C 230, the C 280, the C 350, the C 220 CDI, and the C 320 CDI. The C 180 Kompressor, C 230, and C 200 CDI were available in the beginning of August 2007.[5] Unlike the previous generations, the W204 station wagon was not sold in North America.[6]

The W204 experienced enormous success in the market. It was the second best-selling compact executive car in Canada and the United States, after the BMW 3 Series (E90).[7] and is the most popular mid-priced saloon in Mexico.[8] In 2012, the W204 C-Class was featured in the Top 10 Best Selling Cars in Britain with over 37,261 cars sold, a first for Mercedes-Benz, although just behind its rival, the BMW 3 Series (F30) at 44,521 cars sold.[9] Mercedes-Benz sold over 2.4 million W204 cars worldwide, and it was the brand's best selling vehicle.[10]

Body styles and models[edit]

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 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.[11]

DaimlerChrysler introduced the W204 C-Class on 18 January 2007[12] and displayed it at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show. Sales started in late March 2007 in almost all European countries. The W204 had an extended wheelbase and tracks, a stiffer bodyshell and a design inspired by the W221 S-Class and some design elements taken from the C219 CLS-Class.

Trim levels[edit]

Saloon (pre-facelift)
Interior (pre-facelift)

In general, the W204 C-Class has four trim and equipment levels: Classic, Elegance, Avantgarde, and AMG. The Classic is the base trim found only on the smaller four-cylinder engine models and includes Brighton cloth seats with ARTICO leather (vinyl) as an option. The Elegance has ARTICO leather upholstery as standard with real leather as an option. The Avantgarde has Liverpool fabric/ARTICO leather seats with real leather upholstery as an option. The Classic and Elegance lines retain the traditional Mercedes-Benz radiator grille, with a vertical three-point star hood emblem and are designed to appeal to traditional luxury car buyers. The Avantgarde and AMG have a similar grille, with three horizontal bars and a large centre-mounted star. These models have additional equipment including a three-spoke steering wheel, optional AMG bodykit, lower and stiffer sports suspension, upgraded brake piston calipers, and larger alloy wheels. They are designed to position the C-Class in the sports saloon sector. Unlike previous generations of the C-Class, and other contemporary Mercedes saloons 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.

Most of the lineup consists of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, a 3.5-litre V6 petrol and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine is also available. The AMG variant namely the C 63 AMG uses the 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine.[13]

In the United Kingdom, the Classic is known as the SE, while the Avantgarde is known as the Sport.

In the United States, the Elegance trim is only available on the C 300 Luxury with an option for the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, while the Avantgarde trim is available on the C 300 Sport (the only US market C-Class with a manual transmission with 4MATIC system available as an option) and the C 350 Sport (RWD only). There were no Classic/SE trim models, no models with four-cylinder engine, and no station wagon models available in that market. Both trims have an additional amber light in front of the front wheel well.

The Canadian market does not use any of the aforementioned trim names and the only trim available is the AMG trim. The four-cylinder models along with station wagon models were also not sold in Canada. The base C 230 model (renamed the C 250 from the 2010 model year) 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 (C 300, C 350 and C 63 respectively) came with the AMG bodykit and sport grille as standard. These amenities were available as an CAD800 option for the C 230 model as the Sport Package (which rises to CAD1200 for the 2011 model year due to the new LED fog lights).

All models except for the C 63 AMG, are available in both Rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive (4Matic).[14][15]

Equipment[edit]

For the 2008–2011 model year, the middle of the dashboard has a sliding panel that reveals the LCD colour screen, which displays radio and other secondary vehicle functions when the car is in operation. Models which have the COMAND APS with navigation receive a 7-inch TFT screen, which retracts to allow the panel to cover it when the car is not operational.[16][17] The 2012 model year facelift changes the interior layout considerably, as it removes the retractable cover and replaces it with a fixed screen connecting with the instrument cluster, making it similar to the E-Class and GLK-Class.

The 2010 models received a new style of turn signals on the side mirrors. From the 2011 model year onwards, the bumper fog lamps in the AMG bodykit were replaced by LED lights, except for the C 63 AMG which retains its unique bumper.

The C-class had an exclusive system called the 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 analyses road conditions and driving habits, then it adjusts damper and 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 which has stiffer suspension settings and more precise handling.

Initial release[edit]

Vision C 220 BLUETEC (2007)[edit]

Unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show,[18] the Vision C 220 Bluetec is a concept saloon demonstrating Mercedes-Benz's first 4-cylinder Bluetec Diesel engine complying with the Euro 6 emission standard. The Bluetec includes an inline-4 variable nozzle turbocharged engine with third-generation common-rail direct injection generating a power output of 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) and 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) of torque, a 6-speed manual transmission, exhaust gas recirculation, particulate filter, oxidising and SCR catalytic converters. The car accelerates from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 229 km/h (142 mph).[19][20]

C 300 Bluetec Hybrid (2007)[edit]

Unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show,[21] the C 300 Bluetec Hybrid is a near-production study based on the C-Class Estate. The C 300 Bluetec has a 4-cylinder hybrid engine generating a combined power output of 224 PS (165 kW; 221 hp) and 560 N⋅m (413 lb⋅ft) of torque.[22]

4MATIC models (2007–2014)[edit]

Available from mid 2007,[23] the 4MATIC models include a 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission, permanently active all wheel drive with 45:55 torque split, a transfer case with multi-disc clutch centre differential, 4ETS traction control and Electronic Stability Program. The 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.[24]

C-Class Estate (2007–2014)[edit]

Estate (pre-facelift)

The C-Class Estate was unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show. Later, it was displayed at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007.[21] followed by the Auto China 2010.[25] The estate models went on sale in late 2007; early models included: C 200 CDI, C 220 CDI, C 320 CDI, C 320 CDI 4MATIC, C 180 Kompressor, C 200 Kompressor, C 230, C 280 and C 350.[26][27][28]

BlueEfficiency models (2008–2014)[edit]

The BlueEfficiency variants achieved better economy and weight reduction by using a newly developed windscreen made of laminated glass shared with the Maybach saloon, optimised noise-insulating firewall lining, lightweight forged wheels with low rolling resistance tyres from Michelin, a lightweight transmission; reducing drag coefficient to 0.25 via smooth under-body cladding, a radiator grille shutter, sealed joints between the hood and headlamps as well as between the rear fender and headlamps, streamlined exterior mirrors housing, lowered suspension (15 millimetres height reduction), aerodynamically tuned wheels; servo pump shut-off in power steering system; a new 6-speed manual transmission with newly developed final drive having further-improved anti friction bearings and forged differential gears, longer final-drive ratios (C 180 Kompressor and C 200 CDI models only); ECO Training mode cockpit; reduced engine displacement, optimised 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 the C 180 Kompressor BlueEfficiency, C 200 CDI BlueEfficiency and the C 350 CGI BlueEfficiency.[29]

The C 220 CDI BlueEfficiency, C 250 CDI BlueEfficiency and the C 250 CGI BlueEfficiency were introduced in 2009. The C 250 CGI BlueEfficiency includes direct injection. All 3 models include the choice of saloon or station wagon bodystyles.[30]

The C 180 CGI BlueEfficiency, C 200 CGI BlueEfficiency, C 220 CDI BlueEfficiency and the C 250 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency were added to the range in 2010, with the C 250 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency and the C 220 CDI BlueEfficiency being available in autumn 2010. All of the 4 models include the choice of saloon or estate bodystyles. ECO start/stop function is included for C 180 CGI BlueEfficiency, C 200 CGI BlueEfficiency and the C 220 CDI BlueEfficiency. Direct petrol injection were added for C 180 CGI BlueEfficiency and the C 200 CGI BlueEfficiency. The C 250 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency includes Electronic Stability Program and the 4ETS traction system .[31]

C 350 CGI BlueEfficiency (2008–2014)[edit]

The C 350 CGI BlueEfficiency was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.[32] Standard equipment on the C 350 CGI BlueEfficiency included standard Elegance or Avantgarde packages. The saloon model includes an AMG lip spoiler on the boot lid, a dual-flow exhaust system with polished stainless steel tailpipes, a seven-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, 16-inch light alloy wheels with 17-inch wheels available as a no cost option, a speed-sensitive steering and the "Speedtronic" cruise control with a variable speed limiter.

C 250 CDI BlueEfficiency Prime Edition (2008–2014)[edit]

The C 250 CDI BlueEfficiency Prime Edition was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.[33] It is a limited (5,000 units) version of the C 250 CDI BlueEfficiency saloon with the Avantgarde package included as standard. Standard features include 16-inch light-alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres with 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 245/40 R17 rear tyres available as no-cost options; floor mats with the "Prime Edition" lettering and aluminium interior trim with optional bird's-eye maple interior trim.[34]

AMG models (2008–2015)[edit]

C 63 AMG (2008–2015)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG saloon (pre-facelift)

The C 63 AMG is reportedly the first AMG-Mercedes designed from the ground up. 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".[35] The C 63 AMG has a revised front suspension that is shared with the CLK 63 AMG Black Series.[36] The ESP features a full defeat mode, interfering only under heavy braking. The C 63 AMG also has the quickest, most responsive steering of any Mercedes automobile to date.[37]

The Mercedes-Benz M156 engine, despite being detuned compared to other AMG offerings using the same powerplant, still provides the C 63 AMG with more horsepower and torque over its direct rivals such as the Audi RS4 and BMW M3.[35] The 7G-Tronic 7-speed 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 0–97 km/h acceleration time of 3.9 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 12.3 seconds at 187 km/h (116 mph).[38] This made the C 63 AMG the quickest 4-door production sedan in the world at its debut.

C 63 AMG Performance Package Plus (2009–2010 : P30) (2011-2015: P31 +30 hp)[edit]

In 2009, Mercedes-AMG introduced the Performance Package Plus for the C 63 AMG saloon and estate models. In 2011, this package included increasing power to 487 PS (358 kW; 480 hp) at 6,800 rpm and 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) of torque at 5,000 rpm, compound brake discs on the front axle and red or yellow painted brake callipers, composite brake discs connected aluminium bowl via cast-in arms, carbon fibre lip spoiler on the boot lid (saloon), AMG performance steering wheel in Nappa leather with a grip area trimmed in Alcantara. The package went on sale in December 2009. Optional black designo leather, covering the upper section of the dashboard, the upper door trim and the armrest on the centre console, was available in conjunction with Nappa leather appointments as an option.[39][40]

AMG P31 Development Package (2011–2015)[edit]

In 2010, Mercedes-AMG introduced a new AMG P31 Development Package which included a power increase to 487 PS (358 kW; 480 hp) as compared to 457 PS (336 kW; 451 hp) for the standard model. Top speed was also increased to 280 km/h (174 mph) as a result. When equipped with this package, the C 63 AMG has a revised ECU and crankshaft, as well as rotating assembly components from M159 engine found in the SLS AMG.[41][42]

Concept 358 (2010)[edit]

Unveiled at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show, the Concept 58 is a version of C 63 AMG saloon with designo Pearl Orange body colour, AMG Performance Package Plus, 19-inch multi spoke alloy wheels in black, Keyless-Go entry system and extended designo leather upholstery.[43]

C-Class DR 520 (2011–2015)[edit]

The DR 520 is a limited edition of the C 63 AMG with the AMG Performance Package Plus made specifically 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.[44][45] only three have been sold as of 2013.[46]

Testing[edit]

The W204 C-Class completed 24 million test kilometers, and was until 2009 the most tested Mercedes-Benz ever.[citation needed] However, 2009 also saw the launch of the W212 E-Class, which completed 36 million test kilometers.[47]

Motorsports[edit]

FCP Euro's 2010 Mercedes C 300 at Road Atlanta
FCP Euro's 2010 Mercedes C 300 at Road Atlanta

The C 63 AMG was the official Safety Car for the second DTM race of the season in Oschersleben.[48] In the 2009 Formula 1 season, C 63 AMG Estate became the Official F1 Medical Car.[49]

FCP Euro modified a C 300 to compete in the 2017 American Endurance Racing Series. The car made its debut appearance at Road Atlanta February 10, 2017.[50][51]

A C 63 AMG Estate with the AMG Performance Package was used as official F1 Medical Car at the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship series.[52]

Technical Specifications[edit]

Engines[edit]

The engine bay of a C 180 Kompressor showcasing the Mercedes-Benz M271 engine

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

Since November 2009, the updated CGI engines replaced the Kompressor engines, with the same power output, more torque, and better fuel efficiency. The C 250 CGI, using the M271 engine with charged gasoline injection engine replaced the C 230 using the 2.5-litre V6 engine. The M271 engine generated the same power output but had more torque.

The C-Class (W204) models were available with a choice of rear and all-wheel drive (the AWD system is the fourth-generation of the 4Matic system which was not available in right-hand drive format), along with a variety of four and six-cylinder engines along with a 6.2-litre V8 engine exclusive to the C 63 AMG. 4Matic denotes all-wheel-drive models.

For the C 220 CDI BlueEfficiency, automatic start/stop system was added in 2010.[55]

Transmissions[edit]

Awards[edit]

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz C Class was awarded Car of the Year in Australia by the Wheels Magazine, edging out the Ford Mondeo and the Mazda 2 for the award.[56] 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,[57] and the C 63 AMG was awarded Europe Tuning Car of the Year 2008 by journalists of the UIGA, the Italian association of motoring journalists.[58]

Marketing[edit]

During the launch of the C-Class saloon in 2007, Mercedes-Benz started the 'C-for Yourself' campaign developed by BBDO France, featuring an online campaign with a new 360-degree soft configurator and a host of interactive films; A 30-/40-second television commercial with the then new Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso as brand ambassador. An 'Exclusive Driving Experience' campaign in Barcelona ( 1–3 April 2007) allowed 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 had the opportunity to test-drive the new C-Class. Premium shopping malls attendants during April and May 2007 could also test drive the cars. The new C-Class also appeared in the German Touring Car Masters series starting on 22 April 2007. Mercedes-Benz also started a Mobile Special campaign that included a special mobile client software that could be called up either by text messaging (SMS) from a number assigned to each country or directly from the Mercedes-Benz website in the participating markets. The Mobile Special also contained the dates of C-Class events and invitations to callers. The C-Class Avantgarde model with the AMG package also appeared in the Second Life starting on 16 March 2007, where the player can purchase the virtual model for 1,500 Linden Dollars or virtually test-drive it on a challenging track.[59]

As part of the C-Class station wagon campaign, Mercedes-Benz launched a print ad showing the C-Class station wagon on a stage, flanked by a curtain and background scenery. The 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.[60]

Production[edit]

Since 2007, the W204 C-Class saloons were produced in Sindelfingen, Beijing, and East London, South Africa.[61] The W204 C-Class Estate production began at DaimlerChrysler in Bremen.[62] At the time of its market launch (mid-2007), 75,000 orders had been received for the W204 C-Class saloon.[63] The total sales of the C-Class reached 261,500 in 2007.[57] In mid-2008, the C-Class sales exceeded 300,000 units.[64] In late 2008, the C-Class sales reached 500,000 units, with 440,000 saloons and 60,000 wagons. The 250,000th C-Class – an iridium silver metallic C 220 CDI saloon – was produced in Sindelfingen and delivered to a customer in Japan.[65] In mid-2010, the C-Class sales reached one million units, with 840,000 saloons and over 160,000 wagons. United States occupied 25 percent of total sales, followed by Germany and China.[66] The C-Class Coupé production began in 2011 at the Bremen plant.[67]

W204 facelift (2011–2014)[edit]

Saloon (facelift)
Wagon (facelift)
Interior (facelift)

In December 2010, Mercedes released some photos and details of W204 C-Class facelift, with the vehicle officially unveiled at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show,[68] and later at the Auto Shanghai 2011.[69]

New features of the facelift model includes, an engine start-stop system, 7G-TRONIC PLUS gearbox available for base models with revised gear ratios to improve fuel economy. There was also a minor revision of the exterior appearance which included LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, a new hood and bumpers. The interior was significantly reworked to bring its arrangement and quality closer to the W212 E-Class and the W221 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 has the new Mercedes-Benz Comand APS system first seen on the W212 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 and Parking guidance including Parktronic and the Pre-Safe brake were now available. The new-generation of telematics include internet access and a 3D navigation display with plastic city views.

The multimedia system Comand Online now provided internet access when car is stationary. Beginning in mid-2012, the C-Class models equipped with Comand Online now has the new Mercedes-Benz emergency call system called "eCall".[70]

All of the engine variants were now classed as BlueEfficiency units. All petrol engines now had direct injection system. All of the models now came with a 5-speed automatic transmission, except of C 300 CDI 4Matic which had the 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission. The C 350 received the new 3.5L V6 engine with a 60-degree vee-angle and direct injection. There was also a new entry-level C 250 model which had a 1.8-litre turbocharged inline-4 engine with direct injection.

Orders for the Saloon and Estate models introduction took place in early 2011, and the European market introduction 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 and the C 300 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency. Sales of the C 250 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency began in June 2011.[71][72] Sales of the C 350 CDI BlueEfficiency Saloon and Estate began in mid-2011.[73]

North American Market[edit]

The North American models for the 2013 model year became available for order at the dealers starting in September 2011.

The C 300 and C 300 4Matic (having the 3.0-litre V6 engine) retained 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 C 230/250 and the C 300 was discontinued in the North American markets due to low sales. For the 2013 model year, the C 300 received the new 60-degree vee-angle V6 engine, which shares the same displacement but is detuned from the 3.5-litre engine found in the 2012 C 350. The C 300's new 3.5-litre engine generates a power output of 248 hp (185 kW; 251 PS) and 251 lb⋅ft (340 N⋅m) of torque, as compared to the 228 hp (170 kW; 231 PS) and 221 lb⋅ft (300 N⋅m) of torque from the old M272 3.0-litre engine.[74][75]

Canadian Market[edit]

For the 2012 model year, the C 250 RWD sedan with its turbocharged inline-4 engine (replacing the 2010–11 C 250 model with a 2.5-litre V6 which was badged as the C 230 from 2008–09) was sold alongside the C 250 4Matic (another Canada-only model with a 2.5-litre V6 which was badged as the C 230 4Matic from 2008–09) since the 4Matic system was not compatible with the turbocharged inline-4 engine.[76] For the 2013 model year, the sedan lineup was simplified considerably with the C 250 turbo inline-4 RWD, C 300 4MATIC, C 350 RWD, C 350 4MATIC, and C 63 AMG.[77]

Japanese Market[edit]

The facelifted C-Class went on sale in Japan in mid-2011. Early models include C 180 BlueEfficiency (with a 1.8-litre engine) (Saloon/Estate/Coupé), C 200 BlueEfficiency (Saloon/Estate), C 250 BlueEfficiency (Saloon/Estate) and the C 350 BlueEfficiency (Saloon/Estate).[78] Delivery of C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY (with 1.8L engine) for all body styles began in 2012.[79] Beginning in mid-2012, available models include the C 180 BlueEfficiency (with a 1.8-litre engine) (Saloon/Estate/Coupé), C 200 BlueEfficiency (Saloon/Estate), C 250 BlueEfficiency (Saloon/Estate/Coupé), C 350 BlueEfficiency (Saloon/Estate) and the C 63 AMG (Saloon/Estate/Coupé).[80]

Initial release[edit]

C-Class Coupé (2011–2015)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz C 350 BlueEfficiency coupé

After the launch of the CLC-Class 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.[81][82] C-Class Coupé was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.[83] An interesting fact to note is that since this is the first real C-Class coupe (not a shortened version like the SportCoupe and CLC-Class), it is fundamentally very similar to the C207 E-Class Coupe which itself is based on the C-Class underpinnings, just like the CLK-Class it replaced.

European models went on sale in June 2011. Initial models included the C 180 BlueEfficiency, C 250 BlueEfficiency, C 350 BlueEfficiency, C 220 CDI BlueEfficiency and the C 250 CDI BlueEfficiency.[84] US models went on sale in September 2011, which included C 250, C 350, and C 63 AMG.[85] In 2012, the C 200 BlueEfficiency was added to the C-Class line-up.[70]

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

The C-Class 125!Edition is a special version of the C-Class commemorating the 125th anniversary of the automobile invention by Karl Benz.

The C 200 CGI BlueEfficiency Avantgarde 125!Edition includes 17-inch AMG twin spoke sport aluminium wheels, drilled bench rated brake discs (on the front) with Mercedes-Benz logo on the brake calipers, leather sports seats at the front, leather upholstered 3-spoke steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and sports suspension as standard equipment.

The C 200 CGI BlueEfficiency 125!Edition includes LED daytime running headlamps with intelligent light system along with headlong washers and 8-way adjustable power seats at the front.

The C 250 CGI BlueEfficiency Avantgarde 125!Edition includes 18-inch AMG twin spoke sport aluminium wheels, drilled bench rated disc (at the front) with Mercedes-Benz logo on the brake calipers, leather sports seat at the front, leather upholstered 3-spoke steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and sports suspension as standard equipment.

Japanese versions were sold in limited quantity (650 units in total) which included the C 200 CGI BlueEfficiency Avantgarde 125!Edition (380 units produced in Saloon/Estate bodystyles), C 200 CGI BlueEfficiency 125!Edition (250 units produced in Saloon/Estate bodystyles) and the C 250 CGI BlueEfficiency Avantgarde 125!Edition (20 units produced in Saloon/Estate bodystyles).[86]

AMG models[edit]

C 63 AMG (2011–2015)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG (post-facelift)

The face-lifted C 63 AMG includes the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT transmission shared with the SL 63 AMG, replacing the 7G-Tronic automatic transmission with AMG SpeedShift. Other new features include 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 shared with the CLS 63 AMG, aluminium shift paddles with manual gear selection and optional designo leather upholstery. The face-lift also brought a Coupé variant in the C 63 lineage.

The AMG Performance package includes increased engine power output to 487 PS (358 kW; 480 hp) at 6,800 rpm and 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) at 5,000 rpm. Performance figures include a 0–100 km/h acceleration time of 4.4 seconds (4.5 seconds for the state version) and a top speed of 267 km/h (166 mph). Other features include composite front brake discs and red painted brake calipers, carbon-fibre lip spoiler on the boot lid (Saloon) and the AMG performance steering wheel upholstered in Nappa leather with an Alcantara grip area.

The exclusive Edition 1 model includes AMG sports seats, door centre panels and armrests upholstered in black designo leather with contrasting porcelain seams on the sports seats, porcelain piano-lacquer trim, AMG sports steering wheel upholstered in two-tone Nappa leather and AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in matt black.

Sales of the Saloon and Estate models began in July 2011.[87] Coupé models went on sale in July 2011.[88] Japanese versions of the Saloon, Estate, Coupé went on sale in mid-2011.[89] The Taiwanese version of C 63 Coupé went on sale in limited quantity (10 units produced).[90]

C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series (2011–2015)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Black Series

Available only in Coupé bodystyle, the C 63 AMG Black Series includes a modified version of C 63 AMG M156 V8 engine now generating a maximum power output of 517 PS (380 kW; 510 bhp) at 6,800 rpm and 620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft) of torque at 5,000 rpm. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). Other notable features include 255/35 ZR 19 and 285/30 ZR 19 tyres,[91] black diffuser insert shared with the SLS AMG GT3, twin tailpipes finished in chrome, 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 upholstered in either Nappa leather or the Dinamica microfibre, steering wheel rim having flattened top and bottom sections along with aluminium shift paddles on the steering column 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 along with three autonomous round dials has a three-dimensional TFT colour display.

The 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.

The AMG Aerodynamics package includes carbon fibre flics on front apron, carbon-fibre functionally tuned front splitter and a fixed carbon-fibre rear aerofoil with an adjustable blade.[92] China and US models went on sale in March 2012.[93]

Sales of Japanese version began in October 2011 in limited quantities (50 units produced), with delivery began in the Spring of 2012.[94] Mercedes initially planned to build only 650 units, but after the sales success 800 units were produced.

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

C 63 AMG Coupé Performance Studio Taiwan Edition is a limited version of C 63 AMG Coupé for the Taiwanese market. Notable features included designo magno night black body colour, AMG 19-inch alloy wheels finished in matte black, AMG carbon fibre interior trim, black leather seats with red piping, AMG steering wheel in black suede and red stitching, AMG floor mat with red trim, and a 'Taiwan Edition' laser-etched sill plate with red AMG logo.[95]

C 63 AMG Performance Studio Edition (2012–2015)[edit]

The C 63 AMG Performance Studio Edition went on sale in May 2012, with delivery beginning in November of 2012. It is a special version of the C 63 AMG saloon with the AMG Performance Package as standard built specification for the Japanese market. Notable features included designo magno night black body colour, designo classic red interior upholstery, AMG carbon-fibre interior trim, 19-inch AMG multi-spoke forged alloy wheels finished in matte black and fine opal, AMG performance studio leather package (front seats upholstered in designo classic red leather with black stitching, embossed AMG emblem on the headrests, AMG performance steering wheel in designo classic red or two-tone designo black leather, Nappa leather on the dashboard and upper panel and front seat arm rest and shift selector upholstered in designo black leather with red stitching, handcrafted AMG floor mats made from designo classic red Nappa leather and AMG door handles), AMG performance media and the Harman Kardon 7-speaker audio system.[96][97]

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

Available on the C 220, C 250 Sport and the C 250 CDI Sport, the C-Class Coupé Sport includes following notable features:

  • 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 exhaust system in the case of the C 250 CDI Sport
  • Engine management with more responsive accelerator mapping
  • A more sporty transmission configuration in S and M mode, with shorter shift times, double-declutch function and active downshift when braking

The AMG Plus Sports package includes following features:

  • AMG 7-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in high-gloss black with high-sheen finish, 225/40 R 18 (at the front) and 255/35 R 18 (at the rear) tyres
  • AMG body kit including a front apron, side sill panels and rear apron
  • AMG lip spoiler
  • Sports seats upholstered black ARTICO synthetic leather or Dinamica microfibre with red contrasting topstitching
  • Door centre panels upholstered in black Dinamica microfibre
  • 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened lower section and red contrasting topstitching
  • Designo leather seat belts in red (deselectable option)
  • Pedals finished 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

The C-Class Coupé Sport went on sale in June 2012.[98]

C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series Performance Studio Edition (2012–2015)[edit]

The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series Performance Studio Edition is a limited (20 units made) version of C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series made for the Japanese market. Notable features 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, handcrafted AMG floor mats with AMG logo, 'AMG Performance Studio' side decal included as a no-cost option, matte black 19-inch AMG 10-spoke forged alloy wheels, AMG aerodynamic package which included carbon-fibre flicks, carbon-fibre front splitter and a carbon-fibre rear wing, AMG sport bucket seats upholstered in either Dinamica microfibre or leather, AMG performance steering wheel upholstered in Dinamica microfibre, AMG performance media, AMG parameter steering, AMG enhanced brake system, front spoiler, side skirt, rear skirt, ABS, AMG diffuser and the AMG emblem with AMG Black Series logo.[99]

C 63 AMG Edition 507 (2013–2015)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Edition 507

Available in Saloon, Coupé, Estate bodystyles, the Edition 507 is a special version of C 63 AMG with increased engine power to 507 PS (373 kW; 500 hp) at 6,800 rpm and 610 N⋅m (450 lb⋅ft) at 5,200 rpm along with an increased top speed of 287 km/h (178 mph). Notable features include a bonnet shared with the C 63 AMG 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; a lip spoiler on the boot lid (Saloon and Coupé only), exterior mirror housings, black surrounds on the radiator grille and daytime running 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 or Dinamica microfibre with light-coloured contrasting topstitching, black designo leather or Dinamica microfibre with light-coloured contrasting topstitching, black designo leather), AMG Performance steering wheel upholstered 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 upholstered in Dinamica microfibre with the 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 and the "Edition 507" badge on the trim on the front passenger side.

The AMG Performance Studio options include the following features:

  • 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
  • Collection from the AMG Customer Center in Affalterbach (for Germany)

The C 63 AMG "Edition 507" was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, with introduction in the market scheduled in April 2013 (June 2013 for the German market).[100]

The US models were sold as 2014 model year cars in Saloon and Coupé bodystyles, replacing the AMG Development Package. The car also includes voucher for a driver training session at the AMG Driving Academy.[101]

Specifications[edit]

Body style (production)[edit]

Engines[edit]

In 2012, C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY was replaced by 1,595 cc (97 cu in) turbo engine.[103]

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

Transmissions[edit]

Marketing[edit]

As part of the 2011 model year launch campaign, Two 45 and 30-second TV advertisements were 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.[104]

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.[105]

A behind the scene video titled Making of C 63 AMG Coupe Fotoshooting was released by Mercedes AMG, featuring C 63 AMG Coupe and a Ducati 848 in matching white.[106]

AMG "Black Series" 50' Marauder Cigarette Boat, a powerboat inspired by C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series and built by Cigarette Racing, was unveiled at the 2012 Miami Boat Show.[107]

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP[edit]

Euro NCAP (pre-2009 testing)[108]
EuroNCAP adult occupant: 5/5 stars
Child occupant: 3/5 stars
Pedestrian: 2/4 stars
Euro NCAP (post-2009 testing)[109]
Adult occupant: 82%
Child occupant: 70%
Pedestrian: 30%

IIHS[edit]

IIHS moderate frontal offset score:[110] Good
IIHS small frontal offset score:[110] Poor (2010-2012), Marginal (2013)
IIHS overall side crash test score:[111] Good
IIHS roof strength score:[111] Good

NHTSA[edit]

NHTSA crash test ratings (2007)[112]
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)[113]
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

The C-Class was rated Top Safety Pick 2009 by the Institute for Highway Safety.[114]

The C-Class Coupé earned five stars for occupant protection. The optional PRE-SAFE and PRE-SAFE Brake safety system received the Euro NCAP Advanced prize.[115]

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