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C-Class W202 Information

Entrance of the first C-Class: the 202 model series (1993 to 2000)

From May 1993 Mercedes-Benz further expanded on the strengths of the W 201 in the 202 model series – the first C-Class to actually bear this name: even though the new Saloon was hardly larger than the "Baby Benz", the designers and engineers managed to increase the interior space considerably and further enhanced passive and active safety as well. This was accompanied by innovations such as the first turbodiesel engine with common-rail direct injection from Mercedes-Benz (launch in 1997 in the C 220 CDI).

The 202 model series was also a clear statement of the Stuttgart-based brand for the role of the C-Class as a comprehensive vehicle family: in addition to the Saloon (W 202), an Estate model (S 202) became available for the first time starting in March 1996. It had an impressive load compartment volume of up to 1510 litres. There were also the design and equipment lines CLASSIC, ESPRIT, ELEGANCE and SPORT as well as a particularly dynamic AMG equipment package with sports suspension, AMG light-alloy wheels and AMG design elements. Innovative diversity also characterised the engine range, which included four and six-cylinder engines and even a V8 engine in the top-of-the-line AMG models. The pinnacle of this evolution was the C 55 AMG with a power output of 255 kW (347 hp) in 1998.

202 model series (1993 to 2001)

  • A total of four design and equipment lines: Esprit, Elegance and Sport expand the classic equipment line as additional lines
  • C 220 CDI, 1998: first diesel-powered passenger car with common-rail direct injection
  • Supercharging of petrol engines with Roots compressor
  • Four-valve technology and standard-fit oxidation catalyst for diesel engines
  • C 36 AMG: first AMG model of the C-Class, 1993
  • Estate model (S 202) starts body style diversity in the C-Class in 1996
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP®): 1997 as optional extra for V6 models, standard equipment from 1999
  • Keyless drive authorisation system ELCODE, standard from 1997
  • Optional car telephone integrated into armrest
  • 1997: standard specification with safety innovations such as front sidebags, front performance belt tensioners with belt-force limiters, electronic brake assist
  • First V8 engine in the C-Class in the C 43 AMG, 1997
  • Active Service System ASSYST (from 1997) enables need-based engine maintenance with average maintenance intervals of 22,500 instead of 15,000 kilometres
  • Automatic door locking from 15 km/h (starting in 1997)
  • Winning vehicle in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) in 1994 (Klaus Ludwig) and 1995 (Bernd Schneider)
  • Official Safety Car of Formula 1 (C 36 AMG, 1996)
  • Official Medical Car of Formula 1 (C 36 AMG Estate in 1996 and 1997; C 55 AMG Estate from 1998 to 2000)