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|Body Style|| 4 dr Sedan|
5 dr Wagon
2 dr Liftback
|Height||Height - 1.426mm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual, 5-speed auto, 7-speed auto. RWD, AWD|
|Engine|| 1.8/2.3 L I4|
1.8 L M271 I4 Kompressor
|Similar||BMW E46 3 Series, Alfa Romeo 156, Audi A4|
The W203 C class was introduced in 2000 featuring a completely new design carried over from the S Class Mercedes. Compared to its predecessor (W202) it then featured both a new 3.2 v6 engine and common rail diesel engines as well as 6 speed manual and 5 speed automatic gearboxes. There were three trim options: Classic being the base model, Elegance the luxury model adding wooden trimmed interior, and Avantgarde sporting a more race inspired interior with textured aluminum trim inserts.
The engine range started with the C180 featuring a 1.8 M111 127hp engine, the C200 Kompressor a 2.0 l 163hp M111 engine, the C230 Kompressor a 2.3 l 193hp M111, the C240 a 2.6 170hp M112 V6, the c320 a 3.2 218hp M112 V6 and the top of the range C32 AMG packing a 3.2 m112 engine with a Supercharger which boosted power to 348hp. Diesel models initially ranged from the 115hp C200 CDI to the 170bhp C270 CDI.
See Wikicars' comprehensive Mercedes-Benz W203 Review.
Facelift and new engines
In 2003 a range of small engines debuted in order to comply with new emissions regulations. The M111 I4 was then replaced by the M271, a 1.8 16 valve I4 engine which in various configurations ranged from the 141hp C180 Kompressor to the 193hp C230. The new 4Matic four wheel drive system was made available to the c240 and c320 variants in the meanwhile.
In 2004 the W203 C class received a minor facelift. New bumpers, front grille, headlamps and wheels were the most visible items on the outside while the interior was also redesigned with a noticeable increase in material quality, a new dashboard, instrument panel, center console and air conditioning system amongst others. New engines were made available, the M272 V6d C230 replaced the M271 I4 C230 adding 10 horsepower, the C240 was replaced by the 231hp C280 and the C320 was replaced by the 272hp C350. The diesel range was updated with the introduction of the 200hp OM642 on the C320 CDI replacing the C270 while the smaller diesel engines in the C200 and C220 CDI received small increases in power. The 7G-tronic automatic transmission was introduced replacing the old 5 speed automatic.
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