2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Upscale Tech, Upmarket Price

mercedes-benz-c-class-2022-oem-02-angle--exterior--front--silver-.jpg 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class | Manufacturer image

Mercedes updated one of its most popular cars for 2022 with big changes inside, medium changes under the hood and subtle styling updates outside. The 2022 C-Class starts at $44,600 in base rear-wheel drive trim — $1,950 more than the outgoing version. That’s also above the $40,945 base price of its perennial rival, the 2022 Audi A4 sedan, which includes all-wheel drive. (All prices include destination.)

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What extras come with the inflated price tag? Does more expensive-looking styling count? The 2022 C-Class borrows its new looks from the larger, more luxurious S-Class flagship sedan, including an updated grille design with the Mercedes star front and center.

On the substance front, the cabin layout has been revised, and the C-Class now uses the latest version of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system with its tabletlike 11.9-inch center touchscreen. The latest MBUX system has several new features, including user profiles that can be activated via voice or a fingerprint scanner. There’s also a large 12.3-inch digital instrument panel.

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Changes continue under the hood. The C300 will continue to offer a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine that’s rated at 255 horsepower, the same as the 2021 model. However, the engine now includes a 48-volt mild-hybrid integrated starter-generator, as well as a redesigned turbocharger. Torque increases to 295 pounds-feet for 2022, up from 273. Mercedes says the new starter-generator setup is good for an extra 20 hp and 148 pounds-feet on demand for “short periods.” There’s no word yet on fuel economy estimates.

Standard safety features include automatic forward emergency braking, a blind spot warning system, a driver attention monitor and the Mercedes Pre-Safe precollision system. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, lane-centering steering, active braking assist with detection for cross-traffic and oncoming traffic, active parking assist with a 360-degree camera system and augmented video navigation.

The 2022 C-Class will be available in Premium, Exclusive and Pinnacle trims. RWD drive is again standard; AWD is available on all trims.

Prices reflect the sedan body style; there’s no word yet on other body styles. The 2022 C-Class will go on sale in spring.

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