Following the first Evolution model from the previous year, Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II made its premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 1990. The engine’s output had been raised in comparison to the first Evolution model from the previous year, the Evo II now generating 173 kW (235 hp)
Mercedes-Benz presented the 190 in December 1982. The new Baby-Benz was a mid-size saloon, designated internally as the compact class and positioned below the E-Class and S-Class. The man responsible for the design was Bruno Sacco. To reduce fuel consumption, the engineers optimized the aerodynamics of the body and also used high-strength sheet steel and other innovative materials to reduce the weight of the car. As a result, the 190 weighed just 1180 kilograms.