2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Key Highlights

By autoX Editorial | on February 25, 2021

Wraps have come off the all-new fifth-gen Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It gets a major design overhaul on the inside and out, while it also borrows the latest in tech from its bigger brother, the S-Class. 

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the latest fifth-gen C-Class. One of the most popular sedans by the brand, the C-Class is now longer and sharper than before on the outside, and packs tech that’s shared with the company’s sedan flagship, the S-Class. Not to mention, the all-new C-Class brings cleaner electrified powertrain options across the entire range.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new C-Class,

Design & platform

Based on the updated MRA platform of the previous-gen model, the new C-Class now looks sleeker and sharper than before. The front fascia is similar to newer Mercedes cars such as the A-Class, E-Class and S-Class, featuring a new bonnet with prominent power bulges, sleek LED headlamps and a single slat grille. Around the side and back, it takes design cues from its siblings, too – the silhouette is of a mini-S-Class, whereas the tail lamps are very similar to the E-Class.

Mercedes Benz C Class 2022 Rear Design

Not only does it look sportier and more aggressive now, but it’s also 65mm longer, 10mm wider and 7mm lower. The wheelbase has also increased by 25mm.

Interior

Inside, the C-Class has taken the game forward and how! Just like the new S-Class, the interior of the C-Class is brimming with tech. There’s a new dashboard layout, which features 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. Overall, the interior looks classy and has very fewer physical buttons, which gives the cabin a clutter-free appearance.

Mercedes Benz C Class 2022 1600 Interior

Engine & gearbox options

Mercedes will launch the new C-Class with four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, initially. The petrol line-up kicks off with the C 180 variant, featuring a 1.5-litre turbo unit that is rated at 168bhp and develops 250Nm of torque. Next up is the C 200, it uses the same engine but power output is up to 201bhp and it produces more torque (300Nm). Rear-wheel drive is standard, but the latter can be equipped with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. At the top of the petrol range sits the C 300 / C 300 4Matic, both of which are fitted with a 2.0-litre turbo engine that pushes out 254bhp and 400Nm. The C 300 also features a 48-volt hybrid system with a belt-driven starter-generator – this adds a temporary boost of 19bhp and 200Nm!

The diesel range will have a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with the aforementioned 48-volt system. The diesel range will be available in C 200 d (161bhp and 380Nm), C 220 d (197bhp and 440Nm) – available in both RWD and AWD – and C 300 (261bhp and 550Nm) variants.

Mercedes Benz C Class 2022 Engine

Mercedes will also offer the sedan in C 300 e plug-in hybrid trim, which will feature the C 300’s petrol engine with an electric motor along with a 25.4kWh battery pack. The total power output of this variant will stand at 309bhp and 550Nm.

All powertrains will come with a 9-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Performance-oriented AMG versions are expected to be revealed later this year.

India launch & rivals

Mercedes hasn’t confirmed the launch date of the new C-Class in India as of yet, but it’s expected to arrive here by year-end or early next year. The new C-Class will compete with the likes of Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XE and Volvo S60 in India.

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