After all the teasers, spy shots, and leaked images that had circulated online, it's finally here: the long-anticipated next-generation 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The German luxury car marque took its time in updating the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with the current iteration unveiled as far back as 2016. Despite the outgoing model's around five years of existence, the long-running sedan still looks and feels fresh. And although the C-Class is no longer the entry-level sedan—as the A-Class sedan and the CLA four-door coupe have filled in that role—it remains an important part of Mercedes-Benz's portfolio, hence the recent updates.
This fifth generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class that recently debuted comes in both sedan (W206) and wagon (S206) forms. While this new-generation C-Class doesn't brag of drastic cosmetic changes, its internals say otherwise, as heaps of modifications are seen under its skin. The most notable of which include an improved hybrid system that reaches up to 100km operating range solely on electric power.
There are several turbocharged inline-4 electrified diesel and gasoline powertrains under the hood of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but the V6 and V8 engines have been ditched. Mercedes-Benz also had to chop off four cylinders from the high-performance AMG C63 and two cylinders from the AMG C43. While many assume that the powertrain tweaks are due to the prevailing tough emissions standards, the German automaker clarified that the bigger engines are not in line with their future directions for the C-Class. The huge engines will only get in the way of their handling and packaging aspirations.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class's turbocharged electrified 4-cylinder engines push power to either the rear wheels (RWD) or an optional 4Matic all-wheel drive (AWD) system by means of a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
To be more specific, the new Mercedes-Benz C 200 sports a 1.5L engine paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system with an integrated starter generator (ISG). The total output can churn as much as 204hp of power output and 300Nm of torque, plus a 20hp and 200Nm provisional boost from the ISG. This allows the C 200 to sprint from 0 to 100kmph in 7.3 seconds for the RWD model, and 7.1 seconds for the AWD. Top speed is 241kpmh.
The Mercedes-Benz C 300 runs on a 2L engine, similarly hooked to the same 48-volt ISG and can produce a total combined output of 258hp and 400Nm of torque, with the same temporary boost from the ISG as with the C 200. Acceleration from 0 to 100kmph happens in just 5.9 seconds for both RWD and AWD. The C 300, however, has a lower top speed than the C 200, with an electronically limited top speed of 209kmph.
The Mercedes-Benz C 300e plug-in hybrid, which is currently at the top end of the C-Class range, has the same 2L gasoline engine alongside an electric motor that provides a total system output of 308hp and 550Nm of peak torque. At full charge, the C 300e achieves a pure electric range of 100km based on the WLTP cycle.
There will be a mild hybrid base model C 180 exclusive to Europe, with the same 1.5L mill as the one on the C 200 but detuned to produce only 167hp of output and 250Nm of torque. Electrified 4-cylinder diesel-fed mills—the C 200d, C 220d, and C 300d—will be available in Europe, all running on 2L inline-4 diesel engines but tuned differently.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class retains its classic styling. It also still has the luxury-oriented Avantgarde and the sporty AMG Line variants of the outgoing C-Class generation. Despite losing the big engine, the AMG Line maintains its sporty-looking front and rear bumpers, a sporty grille with a dotted Mercedes-Benz stars pattern, side skirts, and large alloy wheels.
The interior changes aren't as subtle as that of the exterior. The all-new 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class steps up in terms of the cabin's fit and finish, getting interior design cues from the luxurious S-Class, among them the digital display screens. The new-generation 2022 C-Class is fitted with Mercedes-Benz's next-gen MBUX infotainment system. The 11.6-inch pure touchscreen of the C-Class tilts 6 degrees toward the driver and has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There's an augmented reality navigation feature, in which the live camera feed aids the navigation prompts via the infotainment screen.
The first region to get the all-new 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is Europe with pre-orders starting as early as March this year. North America will follow. There's no information yet as to the luxury sedan's debut in Asia, and more so the Philippines. Filipino enthusiasts are advised to stay tuned for updates.