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Mercedes Once Briefly Sold a C-Class Wagon in North America

If you’re a station wagon enthusiast, you’re probably well aware that the U.S. market doesn’t get one of the coolest station wagons of all, the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Wagon. In fact, the U.S. market doesn’t get any C-Class wagons, and many car enthusiasts think we never have gotten one, with Mercedes instead choosing to give us the larger E-Class Wagon. But that’s not quite the case, as we did get a C-Class Wagon once — for a very short period of time.

Here’s the gist of it: The C-Class came out back in 1994, and the original version was only offered as a sedan. When Mercedes-Benz redesigned the C-Class for the 2001 model year, a wagon was also offered — as was a hatchbacky-coupe thing, in an attempt to improve the car’s appeal.

The C-Class Wagon didn’t debut with the sedan in 2001, but it did in the second year, 2002. Originally, the wagon offered was just the C320 Wagon with a 3.2-liter V6, but the wagon lineup expanded to offer a C240 in 2003 with a 2.6-liter V6. The wagon models were offered through the 2005 model year, but they were canceled after that, even though the sedan body style of this C-Class lived on through 2007. In the end, the 2005 C-Class Wagon was the very last C-Class Wagon we ever saw in North America.

I consider this especially disappointing, as later C-Class Wagon models were really desirable — especially the version that debuted in 2008, as it was perfectly sized and later offered a powerful 6.2-liter V8 version that seemed to have it all: wagon practicality, small sizing and a massive motor. Unfortunately, the U.S. market had to look on it from afar, as it was sold globally, but not here.

Indeed, that was the end of the C-Class Wagon in North America. But while some car enthusiasts think we never got a C-Class Wagon at all, that isn’t the case. It was sold here for four model years way back in the early 2000s. Find a Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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