The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact class of executive cars, perfect for someone looking to break into the upper echelon of the automotive scene without breaking the bank.
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First Generation (1993-2000)
The first generation C-Class, designated the W202, first debuted in 1993 as a replacement for the aging 190. The C-Class was the entry level sedan up until 1997 when the A-Class was released. The W202 was available in either sedan or wagon form, with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. A wide array of engine options was available – everything from a 2.3L 4-cylinder to a 4.3L 8-cylinder. Transmission options were either a 5 or 6-speed manual, or a 4 or 5-speed automatic.
Second Generation (2007-2014)
The W204 C-Class made its debut in 2007. The new model featured had an extended wheelbase and tracks, a stiffer bodyshell and a design inspired by the S-Class with some influences from the CLS-Class. The C-Class got a facelift in 2011, with many more changes being made to the 2012 model year. One of the most significant updates in 2012, was the introduction of a new coupe model. Other changes include a more powerful version of the 3.5L 6-cylinder, as well as an all new turbocharged four-cylinder model, the C250. The seven-speed automatic transmission was tweaked for better fuel economy as well. Other changed include more standard equipment, new front-end styling and an updated interior.
The following year, 2013, brought still more changes to the C-Class. One of the biggest improvements is the addition of a fuel-saving automatic engine stop-start feature. Other technological upgrades include available adaptive cruise control and standard mbrace2 smartphone-integrated telematics.