The Mercedes Benz C240, said to have lots of power and is fun to drive, is a US-specific model of the Benz, which was manufactured in Germany. Launched in America in November 1993, it featured a third stop light, no specific trim levels, and side lights at the end of the front-turn signals, with the top speed electronically limited to 130 miles per hour due to tire speed restrictions. Here is the timeline of all that’s happened to the C240, what with its European glam brought to North American waters.
First generation (1993-2000)
Initially, the base model C240 had a 2.4-liter engine and was enlarged to a 2.6-L V6 while its output remained at 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Automatic transmissions like a five-speed automatic were standard, but individuals had the option of a manual transmission such as a six-speed manual. It had a standard driver and front passenger airbag, anti-lock braking system, integrated side-impact protection, and traction control. Its major motif was the unusual headlamp treatment as its pair of unequal-size discs had morphed into two irregular guitar-body shapes.
Second generation (2000-2006)
The C240 offered 4MATIC four-wheel drive in addition to the rear-wheel drive. A new family of supercharged four-cylinder engines, called M271, was introduced to the entire C-class range. New engines soon followed after that, the M272 and OM642 V6 engines, which were a couple of new-generation six-cylinder engines that had more power than their predecessors by as much as 24 percent, increasing fuel economy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions at the same time.
A twin-spark three-valve technology was added. A single-exhaust valve and double-wall exhaust manifolds reduced emissions by raising exhaust-port temperatures and burning most remnants of the combustion process before they reach the catalyst.
The second generation’s new body shell was similar to the old generation’s in dimensions, (0.8 inch longer overall, with a 1.0-inch longer wheelbase), offering improved rear head- and knee-room. It also had a 0.27 drag coefficient and a structure that is 26 percent better in torsion with 50 percent better bending resistance.
The new C240 imbibed Mercedes Benz’s impact-absorbing technologies such as poly-propylene impact absorbers ahead of the front bumper, absorbing low-speed (up to 2.5 miles per hour) bumps without causing any structural damage, aside from extensive passenger compartment shielding.
This generation’s interior was minimalist in nature as its long list of occupant-controlled equipment such as dual-zone climate control, an elaborate audio system, among others, more than makes up for its simplicity.
The new-generation C-class also had safety gadget which included an electronic stability program, brake assist, two-stage smart airbags with BabySmart transponders to detect compatible child seats, seatbelt pretensioners, belt-force limiters, and a Tele Aid emergency cellular link.
A navigation system, xenon headlamps, heated seats, a six-disc CD changer, a cell phone, and split fold-down rear seatbacks also graced the new Mercedes Benz C240.