Today a digital world premiere of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has taken place.
The new W206-generation C300 sedan looks more aggressive, offers the latest MBUX infotainment tech, more space inside, and a more efficient turbo-four engine.
Pricing will follow. Sales in Europe will start later this year. The U.S. dealers will have the new C-Class, both C300 and C300 4Matic, in early 2022, priced between $43,000-45,000 (est.).
Later on, hot AMG, coupe and cabrio versions will join the next-generation C-Class lineup. The second-generation GLC is underway too (expect it by the end of 2021), sharing its mechanicals with the new C-Class.
The C-Class has a longer body and extended wheelbase, it is wider but shorter than before and, in general, becomes more muscular and sharp-looking.
The 2022 C300 and C300 4Matic models will be available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine delivering 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes claims it is 10-15 percent more efficient. The transmission is a sole 9-speed one.
The comprehensive updates happened in the cabin, mirroring the aesthetics seen in the 2021 S-Class.
There is an 11.9-inch touchscreen using the latest MBUX software; a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is behind the steering wheel.
The previous center-console touchpad and controller knob disappeared, few tactile controls remain. There’s a fingerprint scanner for individual driver profiles.
The 18-inch wheels are base, 19-inch ones are available as an option. A sunroof, heated front seats, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard.
Optional functions include a head-up display, additional driver assistance features, Nappa upholstery, a heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging, sports AMG trim.