PKW4381 202 series C-Class Saloons, 1993 - 1997

202 series C-Class Saloons, 1993 - 1997

In May 1993 the second generation of the compact class was presented with the model series 202. Analogous to the generally known designation "S-Class", which has been used for more than two decades for the top-class range of Mercedes-Benz, the new models were united under the newly created term "C-Class". In this context, the type designations have been changed as well: the already known three-figure designations that are derived from the displacement are now preceded by a letter, in this case the "C" documenting the class to which the vehicle belonged. The abbreviations "D" and "E" for Diesel respectively petrol-injection-engines disappeared without a replacement.

The C-Class saloons were the successors of the 201 series with which Daimler-Benz had been very successful in establishing itself in the market segment of the compact middle-class passenger cars. In the almost eleven years of production nearly 1.9 million cars were manufactured in the Sindelfingen and Bremen plants. The most important assets of the new "small" Mercedes were considerably more interior space, more active and passive safety, and more comfort with overall dimensions that had barely been changed. With a standard equipment considerably more voluminous comprising among other things fullsize-driver's air bag, integral side-impact protection, ALS, power-steering, 5-speed gearbox, and central locking system and with prices nearly unchanged compared with the predecessors, the new price/value-philosophy of Mercedes-Benz was demonstrated effectively.

A novelty represented the concept of different styling and equipment lines, in which the C-Class types were offered. Apart from the "classic version" the three variants "Esprit", "Elegance", and "Sport" were on offer. In the range of products the "Esprit" corresponds to the classic version but is lowered by 25 mm and targets more the younger customers with its couloured and fresh interior. With the "Elegance" variant not only the interior equipment is clearly more extensive, in the external appearance, too, there are some striking differences: The all-around protective moulding is.matched with the coulour-tone of the painting coat, painted in contrast colour and fitted with a chrome insert like the door handles. The wheel trims , too, are fitted with a chrome ring and the lamp units also deviate in their appearance. The front direction-indicator lights are fitted with colourless cover glasses and the rear lamps are formed bichromatically. The "Sport" version is lowered by 25 mm like the "Esprit" version and distinguishes itself apart from a tighter chassis tuning through the standard wide tire and light metal wheel rims in the 5-hole design. For customers who want their C-Class car to look even more dynamic, an AMG version with lowered sports chassis, light-metal wheels in the AMG design, modified front and rear apron as well as discreet side sills is available.

In the beginning the model range of the C-Class comprised seven models, three of them with a Diesel engine and four with an petrol engine. The range of the petrol aggregates mainly consisted of the known four-valve units having already stood the test of time with the 124 series since October 1992. A novelty was the 1.8-liter unit that was also equipped, as a modified version of the 2.0-liter variant, with the 4-valve technology and the electronic injection system with P-motronic. Of the Diesel engines only the 2.0-liter unit of the predecessor had been taken.over. With the newly developed 2.2-liter and 2.5-liter units OM 604 and OM 605 the 4-valve Diesel engine had its world premiere. At the same time the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder variant OM 606 was introduced in the 124 series. The assets of the new 4-valve aggregates were improved performance and torque with, at the same time, a reduced fuel-consumption and a considerably reduced exhaust emission. All Diesel models were equipped with exhaust gas recirculation and oxidation catalytic converter as standard. In September 1993 the C 36 AMG, the most powerful variant of the C-Class, was presented on the IAA in Frankfurt.. The top model of the series is driven by a 206 kW (280 hp) strong 3.6-liter 6-cylinder aggregate with 4-valve technology that was developed at AMG from the time-tested 3.2-liter engine. The serial production started in the beginning of 1994; from this date onwards the C 200, which had not been directly available in contrast to other models of the series, was also delivered. In September 1995, again on the IAA in Frankfurt, a revised model programme of the C-Class was presented after the 500,000th car had come off the assembly line after only 22 months of production. An actualisation and upward revaluation was the main objective of the model's improvement. The "classical version", now seen as a style of its own and therefore named "Classic", as well as the "Esprit" version were given indicator lights with transparent covers and also bichromatic rear light clusters. The interior of all style versions was improved and modernised. Numerous technical modifications also took place. For example, from September 1995 all models were fitted with 195/65 R 15 tires and front tracking was increased by 6 mm.

In addition to the changes affecting all C-Class cars, two completely new models were presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The C 230 Kompressor received a lot of attention, with its new 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine using a Roots compressor for the first time for over 50 years. The compressor gave the engine 193 hp and a much increased torque, available over a wide range of engine speed. The strong torque is reflected by excellent acceleration and high elasticity, without any disadvantages in terms of fuel consumption or pollutant emissions. The other new model was also equipped with a supercharged engine, although of a totally different concept. The C 250 Turbodiesel was the first turbodiesel car with 4-valve technology and intercooling. The new engine, developed from the old 4-cylinder with natural aspiration, is one of the most powerful Diesel engines in its class, with an output of 150 hp and a maximum torque of 280 Nm available from 1,800 rpm. It also has the advantages of low fuel consumption and low emissions of pollutants. With the appearance of the new turbodiesel the C 200 Diesel and C 250 Diesel were no longer sold on the domestic market.

In August 1996 further innovations took place in the C-Class; the C 220 was replaced by the C 230. Its 2.3-liter engine had been developed from the 2.2-liter and had been used in the E-Class for over a year. At the same time the other 4-cylinder petrol engines were modified. The 1.8- and 2-liter engines got a new fuel injection system and also the adjustable inlet camshaft.

At the same time the new electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission became available for the C-Class. This new generation of transmission reduced fuel consumption, improved comfort in terms of both engine noise and of the number and quality of gear shifts, improved reliability and expected lifetime and reduced maintenance costs.

Mercedes-Benz Typ C 36 AMG der Baureihe 202, 1993–1997.
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C 36 AMG
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
Mercedes-Benz C 220
202 series
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Mercedes-Benz C 220
Mercedes-Benz Typ C 220, 1993 - 1996
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Mercedes-Benz Typ C 220
Mercedes-Benz C 220
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Mercedes-Benz C 220
With respect to the petrol engines the C-Class has been freshened up as well: In the C 230 COMPRESSOR Mercedes-Benz is using a Roots compressor to turbo-charge the unit for the first time again in 50 years. This measure pursues a clear aim too: to increase power output while improving fuel economy in comparison to other solutions.
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
Mercedes-Benz W 202
Although its exterior dimensions have hardly increased, the new C-Class offers more interior space and comfort than the 190. Prices are comparable to those of the predecessor model, but now a driver airbag, side impact protection, power steering, ABS and central locking are included in the much more extensive standard equipment.
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Mercedes-Benz W 202
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse, Baureihe W 202
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse, Baureihe W 202
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse, Baureihe W 202
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse, Baureihe W 202
Mercedes-Benz four-valve diesel engine, 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, 124 and 202 series
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MB 2,5-l-Fünfzylinder, Baureihe 124 und 202.
Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG
202 series
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Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG
Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG
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Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG
Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG
202 series
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Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG
Mercedes-Benz Typ C 250 Turbodiesel, Baureihe 202
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C 250 Turbodiesel
Mercedes-Benz Typ C 250 Turbodiesel  der Baureihe 202
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MB Typ C 250
Mercedes-Benz C 250 Turbodiesel
Esprit
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Mercedes-Benz C 250 Turbodiesel
Mercedes-Benz C 250 Turbodiesel
Esprit
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Mercedes-Benz C 250 Turbodiesel
Mercedes-Benz C 250 Turbodiesel
Esprit
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Mercedes-Benz C 250 Turbodiesel
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
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C-Klasse-Limousine
Mercedes-Benz Typ C 280 der Baureihe 202
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C 280
Mercedes-Benz C 230 Kompressor 
Sport, model yearr 1996
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Mercedes-Benz C 230 Kompressor
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan, 202 series
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202.
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MB Baureihe 202
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
Mercedes-Benz W 202
Crashtest
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Mercedes-Benz W 202
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
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Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202
Mercedes-Benz W 202
safety body
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Mercedes-Benz W 202
Mercedes-Benz Typ C 230
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Mercedes-Benz Typ C 230
First automobile of the world, Benz patent motor car of 1886. To the right of it: Mercedes-Benz series 202, C-class saloon from the years 1993 - 1997.
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Benz patent motor car
Mercedes-Benz W 202
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Mercedes-Benz W 202
Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse-Limousine der Baureihe 202 (links) und Kompaktklasse-Limousine der Baureihe 201.
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W 202 / W 201
Mercedes-Benz W 202
cutaway model (graphic model)
1993
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Mercedes-Benz W 202
Advertisement 1993
No car in this class consumes less nerve per 100 kilometres. Motif: C-Class Saloon, model series 202, Springer & Jacoby advertisement, 1993
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Advertisement 1993
Mercedes-Benz Typ C 36 AMG der Baureihe 202, 1993–1997.
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C 36 AMG
Mercedes-Benz Typ C 36 AMG der Baureihe 202, 1993–1997.
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C 36 AMG
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