2022 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC Sedan
“Iconic C-Class Gains Historic Status”
By Arv Voss
The now iconic Mercedes-Benz C Class sedan first appeared on our shores in 1993 (code-named W202). It was the company’s inaugural entry into the “compact” segment and was affectionately dubbed by many as the “Baby Benz”. It replaced the Mercedes 190 model lineup.
Somewhat Spartan by upper echelon Mercedes model standards, the C-Class has now gained legendary historic status and has progressed to what might well be thought of as more on the order of a Mini-S-Class, having grown not only in stature, but in the level of opulence and technology as well.
EXTERIOR DESIGN ADVANCES:
In a view of the side, the skillfully sculpted surfaces serve up delicate light effects, and while the designers reduced lines to a minimum, emphasizing the shoulder line even more. Additional features generating the car’s sporty appearance include the wide track width and the flush 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels in striking modern designs.
The familiar radiator grille characterizes the front with all models featuring the central tri-star logo, with the design and character of the radiator grille differing in various models. The standard exterior features decorative louver elements while the radiator grille and front bumper have chrome surrounds. The AMG Line sports the striking diamond grille with the star design in chrome.
Aft the tail lamp design delivers a unique day and night look with a two-piece design where the light functions are divided between the side wall and deck lid. Optional or line-specific trim in the rear bumper rounds out the rear view. Several new paint finishes are now available.
SPORTY INTERIOR TOUCHES:
Moving into the cabin, the dashboard is divided into upper and lower sections: into a wing-like arrangement with new, flattened round vents similar to aircraft engine nacelles, and into an elegant trim expanse. Driver-focus adds to the sportiness: the dashboard and central display are tilted slightly toward the driver by six degrees.
A standard 12.3-inch high-resolution display is featured in the driver area, setting it apart from traditional cockpits with classic round dials. Vehicle functions may be controlled by touchscreen. As with the dashboard, the screen is slightly tilted toward the driver. The minimalist door panel design frames both ends of the dashboard. A special seat design in the new C-Class utilizes layers and envelopes surfaces creating a visual sensation of lightness.
The range of available trim options showcases innovative surfaces including new interpretations of natural grain veneers in brown tones and a black, and natural grain wood veneer featuring fine inlays of genuine aluminum that follow the dashboard’s contours.
The look of the screens can be individualized with three display styles (Sporty, Classic and Understated) and three modes (Navigation, Assistance, Service). predominant and the central rev counter has a dynamic design. The new C-Class is equipped with 64-color ambient lighting as standard, with an optionally available enhanced version.
The new C-Class sets new standards in efficiency thanks to systematic electrification and intelligent downsizing. The engine range has only four-cylinder units from the current modular FAME (Family of Modular Engines) Mercedes-Benz engine family. the engine range plays a major role in the flexibility of the international production network, with needs-based electrification.
In addition to turbocharging, the gasoline engine now has an integrated starter-generator (ISG) for intelligent assistance at low engine speeds as a mild hybrid, ensuring outstanding power delivery. The ISG uses a 48-volt onboard electrical system that allows functions such as gliding, boosting or energy recovery, and makes significant fuel savings possible. The engines start rapidly and comfortably and as a result, the start/stop function is nearly as imperceptible as the transition from gliding with the engine switched off to strong acceleration under engine power. When idling, the intelligent interaction between the ISG and the combustion engine ensures smooth running.
The power source is a 2.0-liter Inline Four-cylinder turboicharged M 254 gasoline engine, featuring an integrated starter-generator with an additional output of up to 20 hp and 148 lb-ft. Horsepower is rated at 255 @5,800 rpm, while the torque measures 295 @ 2,000-3,200 rpm. 0-60 mph clicks off in 5.9 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph. EPA: City=23 mpg / Hwy=33 mpg.
Motive force is transferred to the grtound via a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and advanced 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
My test Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC Sedan wore an en exterior finished in Starling Blue metallic, with the interior executed in AMG Neva Grey MB Tex with Fineline Anthracite wood trim Black headliner and metal weave center console. It rolled on 20- spoke silver alloy wheels shod with Goodyear Eagle F-1 225/40 R19 tires. The base price was set at $45,550 with $13,400 worth of optional goodies before tax and license. and a Destination price of $1,050 for a grand total of $60,000. before tax and license.
DRIVER ASSISTANCE AND CONVENIENCE:
The Latest MBZ C300 4MATIC sedan is loaded with state-of-the-art safety and security features and equipment that enhance the driving experience and protect the vehicle occupants. Agility Control, Active Distance Assist DISYTRONIC, Intelligent Parking system, Active Steering Assist and MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). The “Hey Mercedes” App continues to provide interaction between driver and vehicle, linking access to virtually all communication and infotainment functions.
PERFORMANCE and OUR FINAL TAKE:
If you’re in the market for a luxurious semi-compact sedan that delivers sporty handling and plush interior features and are a fan of the Tri-Star stable, the Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC is the ideal alternative to big brother (or sister) Mercedes S-Class lineup for a lot less money.
SPECIFICATIONS: 2022 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC Sedan
Model: C 300 4MATIC Sedan
Base Price: $45,550.
Select Options: $13,400.
Engine: 2.0-liter Inline Four-cylinder turboicharged M 254 gasoline engine, featuring an integrated starter-generator with an additional output of up to 20 hp and 148 lb-ft
Horsepower: 255 @5,800 rpm.
Torque: 295 @ 2,000-3,200 rpm.
0-60 mph: 5.9 seconds – Top speed electronically limited to 130 mph.
EPA: City=23 mpg / Hwy=33 mpg
Transmission: 9-G-Tronic 9 speed automatic.
Wheels: 20-spoke silver alloys.
Tires: Goodyear Eagle F-1 225/40 R19
Exterior Color: Starling Blue metallic
Interior Color: AMG Neva Grey MB Tex with Fineline Anthracite wood trim Black headliner and metal weave center console.
Wheelbase: 112.8 inches
Length: 187 inches
Width: 71.7 inches including exterior mirrors.
Height: 56.6 inches
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