With the release of the C 200 Kompressor MT, Mercedes-Benz made its mark on the W202/S202 generation of cars. Launched between 1997 and 2001, this wagon featured a stylish surfacing, focus on equanimity, and advanced technology that set it apart from the competition. This masterpiece represented the Mercedes-Benz DNA at the turn of the 21st century: unconventional, futuristic, and bold.
Seating up to 5, the C 200 Kompressor MT provided an ideal family wagon solution combined with an impressive driving performance. With a 4-cylinder gasoline engine, featuring a multi-point fuel injection system, the vehicle delivered a substantial kick on the road, reaching a top speed of 134 mph. The inline arrangement of cylinders, 4 valves per cylinder, and a compressor boost type enhanced the convenience and efficiency of the engine. Driving was much smoother with a surprising 163 hp at 5300 rpm, with the turnover of maximum torque available at 4800 rpm. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz ensured a significant cooling system was in place by incorporating an intercooler, ensuring optimal engine performance.
The C 200 Kompressor MT featured a manual transmission, introducing a 6-speed gearbox, which enhanced drivability while maintaining fuel efficiency. Rear wheel drive, often a preference for enthusiasts, offered better balance and handling. The vehicle could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 15 seconds, making it not just a transportation tool, but a thrill to drive. Fuel economy was optimized with a substantial 16-gallon fuel tank that ran optimally on a fuel grade of 95. It integrated a sophisticated back suspension system: an independent, multi-wishbone spring stabilizer bar to ensure flawless handling and utmost comfort.
Mercedes-Benz’s C 200 Kompressor MT was not just a wagon. It was a statement of style, comfort, and performance that was attuned to the needs and wants of modern families. Whether tackling daily commutes or venturing on a cross-country road trip, owners could trust it to deliver a driving experience like no other. This vintage beauty stands as a testament to Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to innovation, engineering prowess, and willingness to embrace change.