2022 Mercedes C-Class Overhauled with New Tech and a Fresh Design

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  • The 2022 Mercedes C-class is redesigned inside and out and features a more efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
  • The exterior design is more aggressive, while the interior swaps out many of its physical buttons in favor of an 11.9-inch touchscreen housing the latest version of MBUX software.
  • The 2022 C300 and C300 4Matic are expected in U.S. showrooms in early 2022. Mercedes has not yet shared pricing details.

    Mercedes has taken the wraps off the redesigned 2022 C-class sedan. The biggest-selling vehicle in the automaker’s lineup has received a major makeover that includes a sportier exterior design, increased interior space, and a host of updated technology features that were initially introduced on the 2021 S-class. The 2022 C300 and C300 4Matic C-class sedans are scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships in early 2022. Prices have not yet been released.

    The new sedan’s wheelbase is 1.0 inch longer than its precedessor’s, while the body is 2.5 inches longer, 0.4 inch wider, and has an 0.4-inch-shorter height than before; we think the new model has a more athletic stance. Cargo space is unchanged, but rear headroom and legroom have increased by approximately 0.5 inch and 0.8 inch respectively.

    The 2022 C300 and C300 4Matic are equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that produces a respectable 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. These numbers keep it competitive within its segment against competitors including the Audi A4, BMW 3-series, and Genesis G70. The new C-class cars feature the Mercedes 48-volt electric starter/generator EQ Boost system, which is capable of adding up to 20 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes claims that the engine is 10 to 15 percent more efficient than the previous four-cylinder without hybrid assist. A nine-speed automatic is the sole transmission choice. More powerful AMG models, along with coupe and cabriolet variants, are expected in the future.

    The design of the 2022 C-class borrows heavily from the smaller A-class, and the new look does away with a slightly bulbous rear end of the previous-generation sedan. A sharper, more angular-looking front end and cleaner profile give the C-class the look it needs to compete visually with offerings from BMW and Audi.

    The biggest changes are seen inside, mirroring the more minimalist design aesthetic seen in the 2021 S-class. An 11.9-inch touchscreen has taken over the center of the dash, pushing the three air vents up above the display. Meanwhile, the center-console touchpad and controller knob found in the previous C-class have disappeared completely. The result is a less cluttered center stack with few physical buttons. The screen uses the latest version of the company’s MBUX software, which Mercedes says has more processing power than the previous generation.

    The tactile controls that remain include knobs and buttons for the drive mode, camera view, vehicle settings, hazard lights, and audio volume. There’s also a fingerprint scanner used for logging into individual driver profiles. Behind the leather steering wheel resides a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

    Standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, a sunroof, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions. Available options include a head-up display, additional driver-assistance systems, 19-inch wheels, nappa leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, wireless phone charging, and AMG body styling and interior trim.

    Mercedes has yet to announce pricing, but we’re guessing that the rear-wheel-drive 2022 C300 will start at around $43,000 while the all-wheel-drive C300 4Matic will fetch $45,000. Both are expected in U.S. showrooms in early 2022.

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