Mercedes-Benz may have nine SUVs in its lineup these days, but it isn’t giving up sedans.
Following the unveiling of its new S-Class flagship last fall, the automaker has unveiled a completely redesigned C-Class compact.
While Mercedes-Benz now offers a smaller, more affordable A-Class underneath it, the original “Baby Benz” remains one of its best sellers and is a key entry point for new customers to the brand and is particularly popular with buyers.
“It’s close to our hearts,” said Britta Seeger, a member of the board of Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, of the model line.
The 2022 C-Class is styled like a mini S-Class and features a longer bonnet that gives it a more athletic appearance than the current model. You don’t need it to install an engine though, as the C-Class is giving up its V6 and V8 options and will only be offered with four cylinders from now on.
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In the C 300, which will be the first C-Class model to go on sale early next year, the engine is a 2.0-liter turbo with hybrid assistance of 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque that provides an electric boost. 20 hp and 148 pound-feet in short bursts.
The C 300 will be available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions that can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, according to Mercedes-Benz.
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The interior features a luxurious design and a large 11.9-inch center screen that serves as the control center and interface to the infotainment system. Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX voice-activated assistant is standard along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, automatic emergency braking, and a system that notifies you via an app if the vehicle has been struck while parked. .
The C 300 is also available with adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree parking camera that works with the optional Active Lane Keeping Assist to help center the car within a lane. You can also check oncoming traffic and make a lane change when the driver hits the turn indicator. A built-in dash camera will also be available that automatically records accidents and can be used to film drives.
Another big change is where the C-Class will be made. Mercedes-Benz had to pull it out of its Alabama factory to make way for more of those SUVs, so America-bound cars will come from the company’s factory in South Africa. this time.
Pricing for the 2022 C-300 has not been released, but the outgoing model starts at $ 41,600 not including destination charges.