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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