The BMW 3 Series rival arrives in the US in the first half of next year.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was revealed in February and it is once again expected to provide the BMW 3 Series with its toughest competition yet. Along with baby S-Class styling, the W206-generation C-Class will only use four-cylinder engines and the cabin has transitioned further away from physical controls than ever before. That's a lot of change but Mercedes has now revealed a new trim structure that is also quite different from what came before. While the current C300 and C300 4Matic have just one default equipment level, the W206 will offer three distinct trims.
The upcoming C300 and C300 4Matic will be offered in Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle trim levels. Each one builds upon the other so, for instance, the Exclusive will have everything the Premium does plus some extras.
Starting at the bottom of the C-Class lineup, the Premium model comes standard with many comfort and safety items. The infotainment setup comprises an 11.9-inch center touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital driver's display. Outside, there are 18-inch wheels, LED lighting, hands-free access with an electronic trunk closer, and a sunroof. It's worth noting, however, that Mercedes has only shared pictures of the European model.
The Premium additionally enjoys heated front seats, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a biometric fingerprint scanner for MBUX, blind-spot assist, and attention assist. Available options at this level include a panorama roof and MB Navigation.
Moving up to the mid-range Exclusive adds a Burmester 3D surround sound system, inductive wireless charging, a surround-view camera system, and Parktronic with active parking assistance.
It also gets an enhanced ambient lighting system for the cabin and some glitzy extras like illuminated door sills. Options introduced at this level include the Driver Assistance Package that adds adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, active blind-spot assist and more.
Finally, the high-tech approach reaches its apex with the Pinnacle. This model adds just three more features but they're all most welcome. Along with MB Navigation is Merc's impressive MBUX augmented video that makes using the navigation system even safer and more immersive. A head-up display is also added here.
Pricing for the three trims has not yet been announced but the new C-Class will begin arriving at US dealerships in the first half of 2022.