In the Netherlands the Mercedes-Benz 190 D (W201-series) was one of the older rural professionals’ favorite set of wheels. It lasted as long as the average farm tractor and they also shared some other characteristics.
All kidding aside, in our maritime climate a W201 diesel and its bigger W124 brother with an oil burner simply outlived everything else on our roads. And yes indeed, throughout the years a countless number of both models ended up in the hands of farmers and other agribusiness professionals.
I caught this prime example, plain white with a trailer hitch, in its natural habitat. No tight parking spots here.
The 190 D is powered by the 72 DIN-hp (75 DIN-hp from 1989 onwards) 2.0 liter version of the 4-cylinder OM 601 diesel engine, introduced in 1983. The bigger OM 601 engines had a displacement of 2.2 and 2.3 liter, the latter was never offered in the W201 though.
For sale: another plain white 1986 190 D with an obligatory trailer hitch. Feeling at home, and enjoying the view. Almost 403,000 km (251,875 miles) on the clock, asking price € 3,250 (photo courtesy of Autobedrijf Frans Munsterhuis).
The W201 performance diesel, so to speak, was the 190 D 2.5 Turbo, introduced in 1988. Under its hood the 5-cylinder OM 602 D25A engine, initially with 122 DIN-hp. From June 1989 onwards its maximum power output was 126 DIN-hp. Pictured a 1992 190 D 2.5 Turbo Sportline with an automatic transmission (photo courtesy of Klaas de Poel Mercedes-Benz Youngtimers & Oldtimers).
From 1982 to 1993 a total of 1,879,629 W201s were built, one third of them were diesels. The W201 Baby-Benz was a thunderous success. In Europe that is. Across the pond? Not so much…
Oh yes, Mercedes-Benz has actually built a proper farm tractor model, the 1973-1991 MB Trac. Above the 1800 intercooler, the 1990-1991 top model with a 180 DIN-hp OM 366 LA engine. Diesel powered, but that speaks for itself.