Anticipated on several occasions from rumors and spy photos, the Star brand unveils the latest generation of the C-Class: one of the models most appreciated by the company and also preferred by users, with over 10 million units sold since 1982. For decades the C-Class has represented the entry point to the German brand and, only in recent years, Mercedes has introduced also Class A and B thus making the sedan less entry-level. Together with E-Class and S-Class, Class C remains a supporting pillar of the Stuttgart brand.
With the version 2022 are introduced important news both in terms of the engine and in terms of design. In order to maintain a certain status of driving efficiency, the new C-Class integrates on all versions the 9-speed automatic transmission and embraces, for the first time, the mild hybrid propulsion system (EQ Boost) which involves the adoption of a 48 Volt motor. The electrical power supply circuit, already adopted on further variants, does not change in substance and allows recover the energy that is stored in the batteries during the deceleration phases; the same energy is then returned when a greater boost is needed.
The undisputed protagonist is also the new 2-liter, 4-cylinder M254 petrol engine, the same on board the E-Class. The maximum power delivered on the new C300 is 278 hp, of which 258 are endothermic and 20 are electric. In the future, the C180 and C200 variants will also arrive, combined with 1.5-liter turbo engines with outputs of 170 and 204 hp respectively. In both cases the 48 Volt ISG system is provided. On the front a diesel fuel, Mercedes Benz introduces a new 2-liter engine with DPF particulate filter and double SCR catalytic converter. The power steps offered by the new two-liter turbodiesel are equal to 163 hp on the C200d, 200 on the C220d (also 4Matic) and, finally, 265 hp on the C300d. Always present the 48 Volt electrical system which gives an additional boost of 20 HP.
The range awaits also the launch of the plug-in hybrid variants which will have an autonomy of 100 km in electric mode. Expected a 25.4 kWh rechargeable battery up to 55 kW. The Announcements also touch the suspension compartment which now provides forsteering rear axle; a real treat for this specific market segment. At speeds above 60 km / h the rear wheels turn up to 2.5 ° in the same direction as the front ones, at lower speeds they turn counter-phase so as to allow a lower steering angle and virtually reduce the car’s wheelbase.
At the design level, the Stuttgart brand has decided to conform Class C to softer lines thus following the style already adopted with the S-Class. The slight increase in size has also allowed the German car manufacturer to integrate a new, more spacious cabin and engaging; there life on board in fact it is now inspired by that of the luxury flagship with a similar arrangement of controls and unprecedented digitization with the new generation MBUX system.
MBUX is now able to interact with the driver and passengers thanks to the Smart Home function, operating as a real mobile control center. Currently external devices that are MBUX compatible are made by Bosch and Samsung, but further suppliers will be announced in the future. With an MBUX compatible system, you can then interact with the remote controls of your home by turning on, for example, the air conditioning or starting a cleaning cycle. Finally expected numerous driving assistants and autonomous driving systems, able to interact with the driver and ensure a safer and more pleasant journey.
It is not clear when the new range will be available on the market; in Europe it will surely be orderable in the coming months, while in North America it will only arrive from 2022.