Mercedes-Benz 190 E Stadtwagen (W201) 1981 Design Interior Exterior Car – Mercedes-Benz has undergone an unprecedented transformation from a couple of years or so ago. All agree that the turning point of the brand with the star has been the birth of the third generation of the Mercedes Class A, third generation that not only opens a new design language that brings the brand to a younger audience, but it also introduces the compact segment models. We must not forget that the first Class (W168) was an MPV segment B.
But every story has a beginning and perhaps the beginning of this goes back to nothing less than 1980 and because of the competition, one of the best marketing tools. At that time the German manufacturer flirted with a model of small size, like a Peugeot 104, which was destined to compete in the famous stretches of the time and it was developed on the base, cut, the future Mercedes 190 (W201). Finally, the project came to nothing because Mercedes withdrew from racing rally.
Obviously the money invested not throw away this small model and went to another department of the brand with the aim of “snooping” in the utility segment and gather information on such cars, they just were not within the range of the German manufacturer. So clear was now the task of the car that was named Mercedes-Benz 190E Stadtwagen. Translated into our language, city car. Aesthetically he shared many elements with test mules 190E and tailgate he inherited, although modified, the W123 Mercedes station wagon.
The 190E Stadtwagen was possibly even more appealing concept that the current Class A, at least mechanically. By use of a 4-cylinder engine and 2.0 liter longitudinally mounted sending 122 hp to the rear wheels through a manual gearbox. Unfortunately the model did not reach production, but surely served the manufacturer to collect information relevant to finally launch the first generation of Mercedes Class A.
Mercedes-Benz 190 E Stadtwagen (W201) 1981 Design Interior Exterior Car