History of C-Class
C-Class is a series of compact executive cars produced by Mercedes-Benz Group AG. Introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the 190E (W201) range, the C-Class was the smallest model in the marque's line-up until the W168 A-Class arrived in 1997. The C-Class has been available with a "4MATIC" four-wheel drive option since 2002.
The third generation (W204) was launched in 2007 while the current W206 generation was launched in 2021. Initially available in sedan and a station wagon configurations, a fastback coupé (SportCoupé) variant followed and was later renamed to Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class. It remained in production until 2011 when a new W204 C-Class coupé replaced it for the 2012 model year.
The first C-Class model was produced from 1994-2000. On 1996 this model has a minor facelift. The designer revised wheel, interior trim, door mouldings, front and rear bumper fascias as well as colour-coded side skirts, darker rear tail light lenses, and a rear windshield integrated radio antenna. There are several types of variants on this car; C180, C200, C230, C240, C280 and 2 body style sedan and station wagon (S202). For the performance line up they are C36 AMG, C55 AMG and C43 AMG with 4.3-liter M113 V8 engine for America and Australia market.
Second generation of C-Class was launch on March 2000 until 2006. There are 3 body style; saloon, station wagon (S203) and coupe (CL203). The C-Class W203 was refreshed in early 2004. For the performance line up there are C32 AMG with 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine, C30 CDI AMG, and C55 AMG with 5.4-litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine.
C-Class (W204) is the third generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It was manufactured and marketed by Mercedes-Benz in sedan/saloon (2007–2014), station wagon/estate (2008–2014) and coupé (2011–2015) bodystyles, with styling by Karlheinz Bauer and Peter Pfeiffer. Typically, Mercedes offered the W204 in three trim and equipment levels, marketed as Classic, Elegance and Avantgarde.
The fourth generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class which was produced by Daimler AG between 2014 and 2021. The fourth-generation C-Class was available in sedan (W205), station wagon/estate (S205), coupe (C205), cabriolet (A205) and long-wheel sedan (V205) body styles. The facelift versions were released in 2018 for the 2019 model year. Changes include: Can be equipped with the 12.3-inch infotainment display and a 10.25-inch free-standing infotainment display, semi-autonomous features such as Active Lane Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist and Active Steering Assist. Mercedes's DISTRONIC feature uses satellite data to control the cruising speed, etc.
W206 is the fifth generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class which is produced by Mercedes-Benz Group AG (formerly known as Daimler AG) since 2021. It replaces the W205 C-Class which has been produced since 2014. The W206 C-Class is based on the Mercedes MRA II rear-wheel drive modular platform also used by the W223 S-Class. For now, there are 6 variant for petrol engine; C180, C200, C200 4MATIC, C300, AMG C43 4MATIC.