The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon Liveth! (In Q3, In Canada, Without A Diesel)

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain

News that the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon would arrive in North America with a diesel powerplant and all-wheel drive caught many industry observers by pleasant surprise early last year.

But it’s been 15 months since Mercedes-Benz announced at 2016’s Montreal Auto Show that the C300d 4Matic would be sold in Canada, albeit not the United States.

Not a crossover, not tall, not be-cladded, not even remotely intended for mass consumption, the C-Class Wagon was destined to be a cult favourite — that’s right, favourite — in The Great White North. However, eight months after the announcement, there was still no C300d 4Matic wagon in Mercedes-Benz’s Canadian showrooms. Blame Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal for delaying the certification.

Yet TTAC was told just yesterday the C-Class Wagon will appear in Canadian showrooms later this summer with a, how do you say in the Canadianese… minor change, eh?

With 15 months having passed since the original announcement, Mercedes-Benz Canada spokesperson Joanne Caza told TTAC yesterday, “There will be no diesel C-Class wagons for 2017.”

In fact, there will be no four-cylinder diesels available in any Mercedes-Benz vehicle, full stop.

While hoping for certification from the United States’ EPA (the Canadian government doesn’t do the testing itself) for the company’s six-cylinder diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz Canada president and CEO Brian Fulton told Automotive News, “Our four-cylinder [diesel] — it’s public knowledge — is off the table.”

Plug-in hybrids are the way forward for many Mercedes-Benz models that otherwise would have been diesel-powered, at least for the time being.

But in the C-Class Wagon, Mercedes-Benz Canada will utilize the 241-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo from the C300 4Matic sedan. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Wagon will likely be rated at the equivalent of 27 miles per gallon. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300d 4Matic was expected to achieve at least 32 miles per gallon on the combined cycle.

Mercedes-Benz USA has not offered a C-Class wagon since the 2005 model year, the same year Mercedes-Benz Canada allowed the extended-roof C-Class to leave its lineup. For the final two years of the second-gen C-Class’s run, the wagon didn’t make the cut, nor did a wagon variant of the third-generation (W204) C-Class appear in North America.

Mercedes-Benz Canada’s hopes for the 2018 C300 4Matic Wagon won’t be high. But the wagon will arrive in time to give the C-Class yet another boost. While Canadian passenger car sales are undeniably fading, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan and coupe form Canada’s best-selling premium brand vehicle line, and sales are on the rise.

Year-over-year, Canadian C-Class sales have grown in 11 consecutive months.

The C-Class is on pace for its best year of Canadian sales ever. In fact, the C-Class is currently Canada’s 13-best-selling car overall, ahead of such mainstream stalwarts as the Honda Accord, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, and Ford Fusion, and only 111 sales back of the Toyota Camry through 2017’s first three months.

A wagon can’t hurt.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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  • Ajla Ajla on Apr 25, 2017

    The Mercedes 2.0T is practically a diesel anyway. Clatters like farm equipment, peak torque under 2000 RPM, good fuel economy, unhappily wheezes up to 5000 RPM and promptly falls on it's face.

    • Jagboi Jagboi on Apr 25, 2017

      Does it have massive turbo lag too? The E250CDi I drove in Europe had appalling turbo lag. Put my foot down and nothing happened for 3 seconds, and then it decided to move...

  • Maymar Maymar on Apr 25, 2017

    Rationally, this won't offer much over the B250 we already get except slightly more RWD bias and a nicer interior (at a cost), but I'm still excited for it. I also don't have to feel bad about only being able to consider it CPO - almost all Benz retailers in my area are corporate owned, so my hypothetical purchase in 5 hypothetical years still benefits the mothership enough it might count as putting my money where my mouth is.

  • Arthur Dailey That is a cool car. Really hope that it somehow gets restored and back on the road in the future. As for single speaker on the dash radios. Those were still around in the early 1970's. We found a way as teenagers to live with them until we could afford to purchase a Sparkomatic or other after market radio and install it and some speakers.In the George Reeves' Adventures of Superman TV series they generally drove Nash vehicles and this car reminds me of the cars in that show.
  • Jeff This car is in remarkable condition especially the seats. Hudson Hornets were raced in the time of this car and won many car races despite having a flathead straight 6. This car looks very restorable but I guess the value makes it not worth it. Nice find.
  • Eliyahu Looks like the heater and the gauges were optional. Note the pull-out parking brake handle near them. The Hornet was also an AMC model later on. Kelvinator also made refrigerators at some point. They just don't make them like they used to-thank heavens!
  • SCE to AUX Now that's a bench seat!
  • 28-Cars-Later Seville - LS400Bhp 295 250Ft-tq 280 260Reliable No Yes
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