The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the first classic Benz nameplate to come standard with a mild-hybrid electric powertrain. It’s also longer and wider than the previous model while inheriting some exterior styling elements of the top dog S-Class. Mercedes is making things easier for buyers of the 2022 C-Class as it comes in a trio of well-equipped and simplified trim variants.
Pricing By Trim Level
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available in Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle trim models. All variants have standard rear-wheel drive, while 4MATIC all-wheel drive is $2,000 extra across the board. All MSRP figures include the $1,050 destination fee. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will arrive at U.S. dealerships this spring. This free and easy search tool* will show you which dealers are offering the best prices.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Premium
The base C-Class Premium starts at $44,600 (C 300 RWD) and $46,600 (C 300 4MATIC). It comes with a generous array of standard luxury and comfort features like MBUX infotainment with an 11.9-inch center touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a biometric fingerprint scanner, heated front seats, a sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, and interior ambient lighting.
The features list includes LED headlights with adaptive high beam assist, LED taillamps, keyless start and keyless go, a hands-free trunk, active brake assist, parking damage detection, and an attention assist system.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exclusive
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exclusive has base prices at $46,850 (C 300 RWD) and $48,850 (C 300 4MATIC). It has all the standard features from the base Premium trim. It adds illuminated door sills, inductive wireless charging, updated interior ambient lighting, a 360-degree surround-view camera system, a Burmester 3D Surround audio system, and Parktronic with active parking assist as a bonus safety feature.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Pinnacle
The range-topping Mercedes-Benz C-Class Pinnacle starts at $48,550 (C 300 RWD) and $50,550 (C 300 4MATIC). It has all the standard goodies from the Premium and Exclusive trim but adds a heads-up display and standard navigation with an augmented reality display.
All trim variants of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class have a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 48-volt EQ Boost mild-hybrid drivetrain. The former delivers 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque, while EQ Boost contributes 20 more horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels or all four wheels using a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
No, you can’t have a V6-powered 2022 C-Class for now, but Mercedes-Benz has promised more potent versions are in the pipelines. However, Mercedes didn’t say anything about an AMG-tuned turbo V8 like last year’s AMG C 63 S. Instead, the W206 AMG model could have a four-cylinder gas engine with an upgraded hybrid-electric powertrain.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty. You should consider an extended warranty if you plan on driving a lot miles with your new C-Class. Our helpful guide will shed light on a Mercedes extended warranty and whether it’s a good option for you.
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