There’s a brand new Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2022, which would have been a big deal if it was the 1990s or the 2000s. It would have sent all the junior executives, account managers and young bankers to walk in. nearest Mercedes dealer, briefcase in hand. There would have been a sea of silver and gray C-Classes in office parking lots because the C-Class – like its old nemesis, the BMW 3 Series – was almost a default choice for a certain group of upwardly mobile young professionals. .
It was then, but today there are so many more choices for anyone with around $ 600 to spend on a monthly rental payment. On the one hand, SUVs have usurped the supremacy of sedans. In Canada, Mercedes’ GLC utility vehicle has outperformed the C-Class since 2019, according to data from GoodCarBadCar. On the other hand, the C-Class is underrated by an array of smaller, more affordable alternatives from Mercedes, as well as Audi and BMW. And there is also strong competition from other car manufacturers.
That leaves the new 2022 C-Class with a lot to prove when it hits Canadian showrooms early next year. The compact sedan is still a big chunk of the Mercedes-Benz bottom line – for now – but since it’s no longer the obvious choice, it needs to get out there and sell itself.
“It was really essential that we hit a home run with a new version,” said Matthias Luecke, Product Manager for the C-Class. The development team focused on three areas: sustainability, design and “modern luxury,” he said.
The main sustainability claim of the new sedan is the fact that the only powertrain available at launch in Canada will be a mild hybrid. The all-wheel-drive C 300 4Matic features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a 48-volt Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). It will be slightly more efficient than the old model, but by how much we don’t know yet.
Mercedes is lagging behind when it comes to fully electric and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles, at least in this country, and the new C-Class won’t help the situation. BMW offers seven PHEVs, including a version of the 3 Series, while Mercedes offers none. (Plug-in hybrid vehicles generally offer a good balance of affordability and low emissions.)
There is a PHEV version of the new C-Class – and it has a very impressive 100-kilometer electric-only range – but it’s not sold in Canada, which is a shame. A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz Canada wrote that the company expects to offer more plug-in hybrid vehicles in the future, but would not say if the C-Class version will be one of them.
For those less concerned with durability and looking for a more powerful six- or eight-cylinder engine, you’ll probably have to pony up for AMG versions that haven’t yet been announced. The C 300’s mild hybrid engine produces 255 horsepower, with the ISG increasing by 20 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. Despite this, the new car is a fraction of a second slower from 0 to 100 km / h than its predecessor.
If all the talk about sustainability seems a bit hollow, the claims about design and luxury are anything but. Mercedes threw everything into this car, and it looks awesome inside and out – which is the whole point of a junior luxury car like this.
The new C-Class is longer and slightly wider than before. This means extra leg and shoulder room for front and rear passengers. A rear-wheel steering system – unusual in a compact car – should more than make up for the extra size and make the Merc particularly adept at squeezing through tight parking lots.
The outgoing C-Class had one of the best cabins in the business, and the news seems to have raised the bar yet again. There’s a lot going on inside, from the jet engine-inspired air vents to the new steering wheel to the two-story dashboard.
As you might expect, the cabin is dominated by huge screens and powered by the latest MBUX infotainment system that features haptic feedback, live software updates, and biometric authentication through a voice or scanner scanner. fingerprints. Touch the scanner and the car will adjust the seat and tune to your favorite radio station, or allow you to buy things (maybe apps or services) from the Mercedes Me store. It is said that a display system head-up in augmented reality projects real-time information about what is around the car onto its windshield; it sounds like fighter pilot stuff, but we’ll have to see how well it works in practice.
The C-Class benefits from the same suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as the flagship S-Class, including the ability to recognize stop signs and red lights. Steering assist is said to help drivers stay in their lane at speeds of up to 210 km / h – but we don’t recommend testing this unless you have a freeway nearby.
The new C-Class brings bad news for (rare, proud) station wagon fans. The Class C wagon will be discontinued in our market; you can bet the handful they sold in Canada just wasn’t enough to justify its sustainability.
Could the C-Class itself face such a vile end in the decade (s) to come? In the 2010s, the C-Class was Mercedes’ best-selling model. This is unlikely to be the case in this new decade. Still, the 2022 C-Class is likely to be a strong contender in its class, but it will have to prove its worth to the company and its customers like never before.
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