Iconic German luxury brand Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new next-gen version of the entry level luxury sedan C class — and there is more than one reason that the high flying millennial of today should go for it.
The German carmaker Mercedes has been a luxury brand for more than a century now. But even among the millennials of today, the three-pointed star — which represents the strength and prevalence of Daimler engines on the land, on the sea, and in the air — is a coveted prize of hard work and passion coming together to pay off in success. An epitome of automotive excellence, the C-Class is the company’s most successful lineup for decades now. Though the previously rolled out version in 2016 still looks and feels as if it has just rolled out of the factory, the company has put some significant revamp in this entry segment for luxury series. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class adds significant improvements to the design, space, engine, and overall practicality of the car. The new C-Class will continue to rival the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XE, and Audi A4.
The next-gen version of the C-Class lineup packs all the comfort, luxury, revolutionary design and to top it all, derives its tech specifications from the flagship S-class sibling, famous as the symbol of success, the carrier of CEOs and bosses. This makes the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class the perfect first luxury car to buy for millennials who are unapologetically on the path to the top of the pyramid — and are looking to buy a car that reflects their aspirations.
Here are some of the factors that makes the new next-gen Mercedes-Benz C-Class a perfect fit for the ambitious millennial swiftly climbing up the professional ladder.
S-Class Design Inspiration And Tech
The new-gen 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class looks more modern than the current version on sale and showcases the luxury carmaker’s latest design language. That said, the new car is heavily inspired by the recently revealed W223 S-Class. The revamped sedan will feature a completely redesigned front fascia with re-profiled headlamps. It also gets a new radiator grille with a mesh made up of chrome three-pointed stars. The rear-end looks similar to the new S-Class as well. It gets sleek wraparound tail lamps and faux dual exhaust tips.
Inside the cabin, the new-gen C-Class gets a large vertically-stacked touchscreen, the second-generation MBUX infotainment system derived from its more premium sibling, S-Class in the center, as well as a floating digital instrument cluster. Purely from a styling perspective, the new cabin looks both attractive and more modern, and the driver can set the interior ambience in one of three modes: Classic, Sporty or Understated.
Spectacular and Revolutionary Design
On the outside, the 2022 C-Class retains the predecessor’s overall silhouette, but has styling elements that dawns the Mercedes-Benz model’s modern look. Upfront you get a sharper set of headlights with LED DRLs, and a new grille with the three-pointed star mesh. Its side profile is cleaner than before and gets new two-piece tail lights at the rear, a first for the C-Class. So one could say this evolution looks more like a major facelift than a generational update.
Like the S-Class, Mercedes-Benz is offering optional rear-axle steering for the 2022 C-Class. The rear wheels turn upto 2.5 degrees, to reduce turning circle and aid stability at speeds above 60kmph.
What’s under the Hood?
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class features a newly developed, twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, producing 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque (up from 273 lb-ft by the outgoing model), with a usual 9-speed automatic transmission. This time, you also get an integrated 48-volt starter-generator as part of a mild hybrid setup. That allows for 20 more horsepower and 148 lb-ft of extra torque in brief stints.
Bigger and Spacious than before
The 2022 C-Class has gone through a growth spurt, with the sedan being 65mm longer, 10mm wider and the wheelbase is extended by 25mm, thanks to a lower roofline. This has also led to an increase in elbow room by 22 mm at the front, 15 mm in the rear, 13 mm more headroom and 35mm more knee room.
In terms of practicality, the cargo capacity of the sedan has remained unchanged – at 17.9 cubic feet for the US model and 455 liters for its European counterpart. But the wagon can now swallow 490 liters with the rear seats up and 1,510 liters after you fold them, representing a 30-liter increase in both instances.
The new, more spacious interior looks substantially richer and more sophisticated and there’s a lot of fresh cabin tech available, including some features ported over directly from the new S-Class. This gives a more premium feel in the C-class lineup making it an ideal buy for the millennials.
Distinct Features and Pricing
The new C-Class packs autonomous technology, including features like Drive Pilot function that will allow hands-off driving at speeds of up to 129 kmph, self-parking capabilities as part of an automated valet parking function that has been developed by the German manufacturer in partnership with Bosch.
The new next-generation 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W206) is a completely redesigned and improved, concept with top-of-the-line configurations in the segment. The pricing on it started at $41,600 (before destination), so one can expect a starting figure somewhere in the low to mid-$40,000 range. In India, the current-gen model is priced from 41.31 lakh INR to 1.39 crore INR.