2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - December 28, 2020

Model Preview

In 2015, Mercedes-Benz released the fourth-generation C-Class, giving it a sleek and modern look without over-styling it. Since then, the C-Class has been through a few changes, but it has remained mostly the same. Though it’s getting up in age, we expect the 2022 C-Class to hit showrooms as a carryover model.

The fourth-generation C-Class boasts a sleek and luxurious design that delicately blends luxury and sportiness with its long hood, short overhangs, swoopy roofline, short trunk, upright nose, and more. Inside, the C-Class pushes its design a bit more toward the sporty side with its circular air vents, three-post steering wheel, swoopy dash, metallic accents, and more. We expect this design to remain in the 2022 C-Class.

As for standard features, the 2021 C-Class comes relatively well-equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, power sunroof, Natural Grain Brown Ash wood trim, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, 10.25-inch infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Bluetooth, and much more. We expect these features to remain the same in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Under its hood, the current C-Class comes in a handful of tunes to meet various buyers’ needs. The base C300 comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 255 hp through a nine-speed automatic transmission for a 5.7-second 0-60 time.

The Mercedes-AMG C43 boasts a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 385 hp and 384 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the Mercedes-AMG C63 boasts a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that pumps out 469 hp in its base setup and 503 hp in the C63 S. The base C300 is available in rear- or all-wheel drive, the C43 comes standard with all-wheel drive, and the C63 is available only with rear-wheel drive. We expect these powertrain options to remain the same in the 2022 C-Class.

In the safety department, the current C-Class is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus thanks to its “Good” crash test results in all IIHS testing, “Good”-rated optional headlights, and “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking. Also standard on the current C-Class is blind-spot monitoring, and buyers can add lane-keeping assist, rear-collision avoidance, blind-spot collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and much more. We expect the standard and available safety features to remain the same in the 2022 C-Class.

Pricing & Release Date

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t announced an on-sale date for the 2022 C-Class. Based on previous release schedules, though, we expect it to arrive in the summer of 2021.

Pricing remains unclear, but with the 2022 C-Class being a carryover model, we expect its pricing to be close to the current model’s $42,640 to $86,650 (destination fees included) MSRP range.

This compact luxury sedan will battle the BMW 3-Series, Volvo S60, and Audi A4.

Pictured: 2020 C-Class Sedan

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