2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class ‘W206’ officially revealed

Here it is, folks. The brand-new, W206 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It has just made its debut online in sedan and Estate wagon form, boasting a number of segment firsts, a complete electrified range with only four-cylinder engines, and of course fresh styling inside and out.

The new model takes its design inspiration from the latest Mercedes-Benz crop, especially the new S-Class. It’s more rounded and smoother, with beady headlights and flush taillights. From a distance, it looks a bit like the current CLA-Class, although it is obviously more upright than the lower-profile four-door coupe.

Like many new models coming out these days, the W206 C-Class is larger than the predecessor. Specifically, it (in sedan form) measures 4751mm in length, 1820mm in width, and stands 1438mm tall. That makes it 65mm longer and 10mm wider, while standing 9mm shorter than the outgoing model. The wheelbase also incorporates an extra 25mm, and the track widths are 19mm and 48mm wider, front and rear.

As a result of the increased dimensions, the W206 C-Class offers more passenger space. Mercedes says there is an additional 2mm of headroom in the front, an extra 21mm of legroom in the back, and more elbow and shoulder space in the front and back. Boot volume in the sedan remains unchanged at 455L, but the Estate gets an extra 30L, offering 460L or 1480L with the rear seats folded.

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Speaking of the interior, passengers are treated to the second-generation MBUX user interface which debuted on the new S-Class. It includes twin LCD screens which can be configured in Discreet, Sporty, and Classic themes. The media screen measures 9.5 inches or there’s an optional 11.9-inch unit, while the instrument cluster screen can be had in 10.25-inch or 12.3-inch size.

Some of the segment firsts include an optional Augmented Video system, which uses an external camera to monitor surroundings and superimpose virtual objects and information. There’s also a finger-print scanner available for logging into the MBUX system, and there’s even rear-wheel steering available.

Under the bonnet, the 2022 C-Class will be available with four-cylinder engines only. The lineup (market region availability may differ) consists of the C 180, C 200, and C 300 for the petrol, and the C 220d and C 300d for the diesel. For the first time, the latter showcases the first starter-generator mild-hybrid setup for a diesel. See below for the full specs on these engines.

Mercedes-Benz says it will be launching fourth-generation plug-in hybrid models after the initial introduction, offering around 100km of electric driving range. Meanwhile details on the AMG performance models are yet to be confirmed. Speaking about the new model, Ola Källenius, CEO of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, said:

“The letters C and S sit at opposite ends of the alphabet. However, in our portfolio they’re now moving closer together. The C-Class is already our best-selling saloon. Still, I’m certain our new C-Class will excite even more customers with a wide range of high-tech features derived from our flagship S-Class. With the latest generation MBUX, rear-axle steering and comprehensive electrification, our most successful model range will once again raise the bar as the most sophisticated offering in its segment.”

Mercedes-Benz Australia is yet to officially confirm any local specs or market entry timing, however, it is expected to arrive here later this year.

Petrol engines:

C 180

C 200

C 200 4MATIC

C 300

C 300 4MATIC

Displacement

cc

1496

1496

1496

1999

1999

Output

kW/hp

125/170

150/204

150/204

190/258

190/258

at

rpm

5500-6100

5800-6100

5800-6100

5800

5800

Add. output (boost)

kW/hp

15/20

15/20

15/20

15/20

15/20

Peak torque

Nm

250

300

300

400

400

at

rpm

1800-4000

1800-4000

1800-4000

2000-3200

2000-3200

Add. torque (boost)

Nm

200

200

200

200

200

Combined fuel consumption

l/100 km

6.5-6.2

6.6-6.2

(6.7-6.3)

6.9-6.5

7.0-6.6

7.3-7.0

Combined CO2 emissions

g/km

149-141

150-141

(153-143)

157-149

159-150

168-161

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

s

8.6

7.3 (7.5)

7.1

6.0

6.0 

Top speed

km/h

231

246 (240)

241

250

250

Consumption values according to WLTP:

C 180

C 200

C 200 4MATIC

C 300

C 300 4MATIC

Total fuel consumption WLTP

l/100 km

7.2-6.2

7.2-6.3 (7.4-6.5)

7.6-6.6

7.4-6.6

7.9-7.0

Total CO2 emissions WLTP

g/km

163-141

163-143 (168-149)

172-151

169-150

180-160

Diesel engines:

C 220 d 

C 300 d 

Displacement

cc

1992

1992

Output

kW/hp

147/200

195/265

at

rpm

4200

4200

Add. output (boost)

kW/hp

15/20

15/20

Peak torque

Nm

440

550

at

rpm

1800-2800

1800-2200

Add. torque (boost)

Nm

200

200

Combined fuel consumption

l/100 km

5.2-5.0

(5.3-5.0)

5.3-5.0

(5.3-5.1)

Combined CO2 emissions

g/km

138-131

(140-133)

139-132

(141-134)

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

s

7.3 (7.4)

5.7 (5.8)

Top speed

km/h

245 (242)

250 (250)

Consumption values according to WLTP:

C 220 d 

C 300 d 

Total fuel consumption WLTP

l/100 km

5.6-4.9 (5.8-5.1)

5.6-5.0 (5.8-5.1)

Total CO2 emissions WLTP

g/km

148-130 (152-134)

148-131 (152-135)

Note: Estate values in brackets

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.