Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled their latest interpretation of the C-Class. One of the company’s most valued models, the C-Class comes with mild-hybrid 4-cylinder power, a luxurious cabin with the latest infotainment, and larger dimensions.
The C-Class is no longer an entry-level product. However, it remains a pillar of Mercedes’ brand strategy, along with other legacy nameplates such as the E-Class and S-Class.
The 2022 C-Class is 187 inches (468 cm) long, 71.7 inches (186 cm) wide, and 56.6 inches (174.7 cm) tall. It’s 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) longer than the outgoing model and 0.4 inches (1 cm) wider. The only metric in which the new C-Class registers as less than the old car is height, with its roofline 0.4 inches (1.0 cm) lower. Luggage capacity remains 17.9 cu-ft, according to VDA certification — identical to the previous generation C-Class.
The C300’s engine features a new twin-scroll turbocharger arrangement, which supposedly translates into less lag. However, there’s another aspect that will appeal to performance-minded drivers. The turbocharger directly results from Mercedes’ involvement at the pinnacle of motorsport, trickling down from their Mercedes-AMG F1 team.
The C-Class engine is still mounted longitudinally, sticking with the rear-wheel drive chassis expected in this category. However, the C300 4-Matic features all-wheel drive, with a new front axle that allows the system to send more torque to the front wheels.
The output of the C300 and C300 4-Matic is 255 hp (259 PS) (without boost) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. The top Speed of the C300 is electronically-limited to 130 mph (208 km/h) and will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.9 seconds. We expect higher performance models, including 4-cylinder AMG versions, to be announced at a later date.
The Interior of the C-Class as predicted takes heavy inspiration from the S-Class. The centerpiece is the large 11.9-inch (30.2 cm) portrait-oriented screen. The main difference to the S-Class is that the dashboard and center display has been angled towards the driver by six degrees.
In addition to the central portrait display, the driver area features a 12.3-inch high-resolution display as standard. The operating system is the latest version of MBUX, which, combined with the Hey Mercedes voice assistant, promises to offer a connected, phone-like experience for users. Updates will be pushed out over-the-air (OTA), and a new augmented reality option is available for navigation. With this, a live camera feed will be projected to the central display, where navigation prompts are then overlaid.
The MBUX is not the only tech inherited from the big-boy S as Mercedes is also implementing the Digital Light system. The optional headlight setup projects guidelines and warning symbols onto the road up ahead while offering superior dazzle-free illumination by splitting the light using a whopping 1.3 million micro-mirrors.
Other standard features includes synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The options list includes a head-up display, navigation with augmented reality video, a heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging, Burmester audio, an integrated dashcam, and nappa leather upholstery.
Mercedes has not yet announced prices, but the 2022 C-Class should cost a little bit higher than the 2021 model.