Built to replace the smaller 190-Class sedan, the Mercedes Benz C220 is part of the C-Class family of sedans. Designed after the larger Mercedes Benz E-Class sedan, the C220 offered utmost luxury and comfort. Although the Mercedes Benz C220 is considered as an entry-level sport/luxury sedan, it's a favorite amongst fans for its performance, solidity, and state-of-the-art safety features. The Mercedes Benz C220 will always stand tall in a very competitive automotive market.
1993 to 2000: Birth of the Baby Benz
Powered by a 2.2-liter OM611 diesel I4 engine, the Mercedes Benz C220 sported a smoother and rounder design, compared to its predecessors. Automatic transmission was standard for all C220 models but eventually, a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox was offered as an option. Since Mercedes Benz is known for its innovative safety features, all C-Class models, including the C220, were equipped with a standard driver airbag, anti-lock braking system, and integrated side-impact protection. Traction Control, Limited Slip Differential(ASD/ASR), and Brake Assist (BAS) were also included in the C220's list of safety features.
2001 to 2005: The CDI Sports Coupe
Designed with a swooping fastback roofline, the C220 CDI Sports Coupe was the"inexpensive Mercedes Benz". The new C220 was 178 millimeters shorter than the C220 sedan, and a panorama sunroof was offered as an option to give the rear passengers a less cramped feel. The Mercedes Benz C220 CDI sports coupe was fitted with a 2.2-liter 16-valve I4 Turbo-Diesel OM646 engine. Adding an automatic transmission and leather upholstery to the C220 sports coupe, made it a more stylist off-shoot of the C-Class sedan in North America. Unfortunately, due to its unpopularity to the younger buyers, the Mercedes Benz C220 CDI Sports Coupe was discontinued in the United States after the 2005 model year.
2007: The Mercedes Benz Vision C220 BLUETEC
With Mercedes Benz's philosophy of seeing obstacles as opportunities, the automaker designed and built the Vision C220 BLUETEC concept sedan. The Vision C220's inline 4-cylinder, variable nozzle, turbocharged engine, with a third-generation common-rail direct injection engine, consumes only 5.5-liters of low-sulfur diesel for every 100 kilometers. In compliance with the new U.S diesel standards, the BLUETEC engine is designed with the latest NOx and diesel-carbon reducing technology. Equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Vision C220 can accelerate from 0-100 kilometers in just 8.5 seconds.
2009: The C220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY
Thanks to the Vision C220 BLUETEC concept sedan, Mercedes Benz built newer models that were fuel-efficient. The new C220 CDI sedan is equipped with a 2.2-liter 16-valve I4 twin turbo OM651 DE 22 LA engine, coupled with a new 6-speed manual transmission. A laminated glass windscreen, reduced body weight, streamlined exterior mirrors housing, aerodynamically tuned wheels, and a lightweight transmission were some of the new design features adopted for the new Mercedes Benz C220 BlueEFFICIENCY sedan.