Will the competitive pricing persuade you to abandon your 3 Series?
Mercedes-Benz USA has announced pricing for the all-new 2022 C-Class Sedan and it's pretty competitive, judging by the standard equipment on offer. The all-new compact luxury car borrows tech from the S-Class, along with design cues and various refinements. Available as a C300 with rear-wheel-drive or 4Matic, pricing for the Premium trim kicks off at $43,550 and $45,550, respectively.
The better-equipped Exclusive Trim comes in at $45,800, with the 4Matic derivative priced at $47,800. The Pinnacle trim is the top-tier C-Class (for now, at least) and will set you back $47,500, with a $2,000 premium placed on the 4Matic Pinnacle. Vehicles should start hitting dealer floors in spring this year.
Premium models are well-equipped, boasting items such as a 12.3-inch driver's display, 11.9-inch center touchscreen, MBUX with a fingerprint scanner, electric trunk lid, blind spot assist, heated front seats, a sunroof, and several other nice-to-haves. C300's equipped with the Exclusive Trim receive all the bells and whistles of the Premium-spec vehicles but build on it with a Burmester 3D surround system, inductive wireless charging, enhanced ambient lighting, and a surround-view system with Guard 360 security functionality.
Finally, Pinnacle trim gains the brand's MBUX augmented video for navigation, a head-up display, and Mercedes-Benz navigation. Mercedes says the three trim levels offer customers three compelling offerings. This, of course, will be bolstered by further optional features, five new paint colors, and new interior upholstery options.
All 300 models are powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor with 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. A 48V mild-hybrid system provides an additional 148 lb-ft of torque as well as an extra 20 hp for short bursts. In Europe, a plug-in hybrid model dubbed the C300e is available. It too makes use of a 2.0-liter engine but, in this configuration, is boosted by an electric motor.
With an additional 129 hp and 324 lb-ft, it brings the total power output to 313 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. A claimed electric range of between 61 and 68 miles is possible, reducing overall fuel consumption. Top speed is pegged at 152 mph, with a claimed 0 to 60 mph time of 6.1 seconds.