The wait is over. Mercedes-Benz has lifted the covers off its 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which debuts with a sleek and aggressive design along with impressive features. Needless to say, there is a lot riding on the new model and the boys in Stuttgart have undoubtedly delivered.
The C-Class is not just a key model for the German automaker, but it is also its highest-volume model. Since the introduction of the still current generation in 2014, over 2.5 million Saloon and Estate models have been sold. All in all, over 10.5 million Mercedes-Benz cars in this category have been delivered to customers since 1982.
Drivers have loved the C-Class because it consistently set the benchmark for comfort, technology as well as spaciousness and design. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class promises the same with a cutting-edge design and enticing new features. Here’s what’s new in the upcoming model.
Sharper Angles, Spacious Interior
The new C-Class is built on the updated MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform. The new model is also decisively sleeker, and sharper compared to the previous generation model. This is owed to the model featuring design elements taken from the Mercedes-Benz family. The front features a new muscular bonnet, with sporty LED lamps. The rear also features tail lamps that are reminiscent of the E-Class. In addition to its sportier silhouette, the new C-Class sits slightly longer, wider, and lower than its predecessor.
On the inside, both the front and rear passengers benefit from the moderately increased exterior dimensions. Headroom, elbow room and knee room have all been increased to make journeys more pleasant for all occupants.
Thanks to systematic electrification and intelligent downsizing, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sets new standards in efficiency. The engine range features four-cylinder units with turbocharging along with needs-based electrification. The powerplants are now integrated with starter-generator (ISG) for intelligent assistance at low engine speeds. The ISG uses a 48-volt on-board electrical system for gliding, boosting or energy recovery that afford significant fuel savings. The petrol engine, paired with a 9G-TRONIC transmission, offers an output of up to 15 kW and 200 Nm more torque. Mercedes-Benz will also roll out plug-in hybrids with an electric range of around 100 kilometres later.
Improved Comfort & Handling
The new generation C-Class arrives with a dynamically configured suspension featuring a four-link axle at the front and a multi-link axle at the rear mounted to a subframe. The new suspension provides the basis for a high level of suspension, ride, noise comfort and agile handling. Air suspension at the rear is standard for both the Saloon and Estate models of the plug-in hybrids. Optional rear-axle steering also helps enhance the drivability and handling characteristics of the new model.
With rear-axle steering, the driver also needs fewer turns of the steering wheel for full lock. Compared to the previous C-Class series, the latest generation of the Driving Assistance Package features additional and advanced functions. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC can automatically maintain a pre-set distance from vehicles ahead. Active Steering Assist helps the driver to stay in lane at speeds up to 210 km/h. Traffic Sign Assist helps recognise signs on overhead gantries and at roadworks. Intelligent parking systems also help support the driver when manoeuvring at low speed.
Next Generation MBUX
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class caters towards the needs of owners. The dashboard and central display are now tilted towards the driver and feature a new layout. This includes a vertically stacked 9.5-inch touchscreen screen with MBUX operating system. The instrumentation is an all-digital 10.25-inch screen, which can be updated to a larger 12.3-inch screen.
The second generation MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) also offers a more structured layout. It arrives loaded with new display styles (Discreet, Sporty, Classic) and three modes (Navigation, Assistance, Service). The full-screen navigation was adopted from the S-Class and gives the driver the best possible guidance on a journey.
Connected & Smart
The MBUX system also integrates major music streaming services into the infotainment system for added convenience. Ever forward-thinking, the MBUX’s “Hey Mercedes” command is now also linked to appliances thanks to a Smart Home function. Through the system, drivers can home functions and electrical appliances from the comfort of their car. For added security, the MBUX features a fingerprint scanner located below the central display for convenient and secure log ins. The system also incorporates “Over-the-air” (OTA) updates, ensuring the software is always kept up to date.