2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class launches in South Africa - Automotive News (2022)

The iconic C-Class, the darling of Mercedes-Benz's global arsenal, is ready for SA's buying public. We journeyed to the iconic Grande Roche hotel in Paarl to drive the pride of the Eastern Cape, where this model is manufactured.

By Ané Albertse

Published: 25 February 2022, 16:44

Despite South Africans' love affair with SUVs, the evergreen Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is still one of the most-searched-for cars on AutoTrader and accounts for 35 percent of all Mercedes-Benz models sold in SA. Built locally at the East London plant for export to right-hand-drive markets across the globe, the C-Class is an "unparalleled success story for the local industry", says Mark Raine, President of the Mercedes-Benz Cars and Co CEO of Mercedes-Benz SA.

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Sleeker and more dynamic

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Code-named W206, and affectionately known as the baby S-Class, the new C-Class continues to successfully impersonate its luxurious bigger brother. Even when motionless, the new model seems to be poised for a quick and effortless getaway, thanks to its sculpted bonnet with power domes, understated flanks, and angular, swept-back taillights and a pert rear end (with dual parallelogram-shaped exhaust tips).

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The Avantgarde Line is equipped with 18-inch wheels, and the optional AMG Line (see image above) has 19-inch wheels as standard.Every new C-Class is equipped with LED High-Performance headlamps, while DIGITAL LIGHT with a projection function is optional.

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The vertical slat design of the Avantgarde model's grille reminds me of the brand's sporty Panamericana grille in black. This is the 220d model.

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On the inside, the S-Class heritage is evident too, and you'll find flowing lines, glossy surfaces, and a high-res LCD screen instead of the traditional instrument cluster; as well as a mega-sized central touchscreen with crystal-clear graphics in portrait orientation (a standard feature), and a choice of display screens that can be configured whichever way you prefer.

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The C200 with an AMG Line interior.

Like Volvo, Mercedes-Benz opted to minimise physical buttons and switchgear, leaving you to give the next-generation AI MBUX system voice commands, or to use the buttons on the wheel if you prefer to not touch the screen itself. We also noticed a small button at the bottom of the screen that reads your fingerprint and sets up the system to suit your personal preferences, much like your smartphone or an iPad.

This gives the owner access to their personal data, such as favourite contacts, most recent destinations, most-often-used apps/playlists and so forth. Authenticated users can even make purchases via Mercedes Me. The enhanced voice assistant is now also able to recognise vehicle occupants by their voices, and over-the-air software updates can be installed as they become available.

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Build quality is satisfactory, but since the C-Class exists in the lower echelons of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, some lesser-quality plastics are present, although not visible when you're seated behind the steering wheel, looking over the upper surfaces and out at the road ahead. I can't say that I like the faux carbon fibre trim inserts much (it feels like a consolation prize because you can't afford a real AMG model) but I am a fan of the futuristic, oblong-shaped air vents.

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I also found the driver's seat super-supportive and cosseting, like a luxurious, low-slung sports car - a rather welcome change after sitting very upright in a bakkie all week long. Cocooned in opulence, I thought of the old adage about money that doesn't buy you happiness, but it's certainly more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.

What's on offer?

The range kicks off with the Mercedes-Benz C200 Avantgarde (from R857 280 without options). The base model has been done away with completely, so if you do not fancy the Avantgarde Line, you'll have to spend a little more and get your Vitamin C-fix in AMG Line trim. Our first test model on the launch was a C200 Edition 6 (R917 380), looking resplendent in its dazzling,Spectral Blue paint job (see below). Only 400 of these models will be built and all of them have already found their forever homes.

While the C-Class competes in the compact executive sedan segment, its interior dimensions are getting less and less so: Space in the first row and on the rear bench is surprisingly generous, making it a very practical family vehicle even if the kids are getting as tall as the adults. The wheelbase has grown by 2.5 cm to 286.5 cm, offering generous legroom for all, although the top of the rear passengers' feet may feel a bit cramped on longer trips due to the positioning of the front seats. As always, there's a cavernous boot for holiday luggage or cases of wine, or both.

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I am 1.73 metres tall and there is plenty of space for my legs behind someone of my height.

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The C200 and C220d both make use of turbocharged, four-cylinder engines with a 15 kW 48-Volt mild hybrid system for an extra helping of kick and improved fuel efficiency. This integrated starter-generator is a brand new addition to the 220d model. Both the C200 and C220 have a 0 - 100 km/h sprint time of only 7.3 seconds, but there's still a bit of lag despite the electric power boost. As a daily driver, the 220d will save you the most cash (claimed consumption is 4.4 litre/100 km), but bear in mind that the entry-level diesel is rather pricey at R911 812 vs. the C200 Avantgarde's R857 280.

The C200's power output is rated at 150 kW and 300Nm of torque, while the C220d delivers 147kw and 440Nm. If I had to pick one, the diesel model (which we drove on day two of the launch) gets my vote without any doubt. It's just a smoother operator all 'round, and the diesel clatter is well-suppressed from inside the cabin. As fuel prices are destined for more increases, buying diesel is a no-brainer.

What's the new rear-axle steering like?

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Parallel parking in bustling Franschhoek and carving corners on the Du Toitskloof Pass more than illustrated the new C-Class's sporty, yet driver-friendly skillset, due in part to the optional rear-axle steering. The 1.5-litre turbocharged engine may not sound very enticing (the 6-cylinder C's are now a thing of the past) but the car itself feels nimble and fleet-footed thanks to this new option, which also reduces the turning circle when you have to sneak a quick U-turn. The front axle has also been treated to a more direct steering ratio. Mercedes-Benz explains:

At speeds below 60 km/h, the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction to the front wheels – and up to 2.5° opposite to the front-axle angle during parking. Depending on the situation, this virtually shortens the wheelbase, and the vehicle is more manoeuvrable, light-footed, and agile as a result.

At speeds above 60 km/h, the rear wheels steer up to 2.5° in the same direction as the front wheels. This virtual increase in wheelbase has noticeable advantages in the form of improved handling stability and safety at high speeds, during fast lane changes, or sudden evasive manoeuvres.Moreover, considerably less steering input is required during dynamic manoeuvres, e.g. when driving on country roads – and the vehicle responds to steering movements in a more sporty manner. This is supported by the integrated dynamic control function of the ESP®.

All this means is that whether you're stuck in traffic, driving a twisty pass, or pulling into your favourite coffee shop's parking lot, the rather large C-Class is easier to drive and to park than ever.

The wheels are driven via Merc's uprated 9G-TRONIC transmission with which we are already familiar, which now weighs 30% less and has been fine-tuned for better efficiency. The different driving modes are still present via Merc's DYNAMIC SELECT switch that also adapts the damping to suit your requirements.

Should C-Class buyers be trading in their current models for the new ones?

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Consumers who live, eat and breathe C-Class will find favour with the latest model, mostly because of brand loyalty, and I do think that upgrading to the swanky-looking new C-Class is worth their time and effort. After all, it not only looks better, but drives better too. And nobody has ever struggled to get rid of a C-Class in the used-car market.

FAQs

When can I buy a 2022 C-Class? ›

The new 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will get just one engine when it arrives on the market in C 300 4Matic form in early 2021. Other versions will eventually join the lineup including Mercedes-AMG models.

Is Mercedes launching new C-Class? ›

Mercedes-Benz India will launch the new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class on May 10, 2022. It is one of the most highly anticipated launches from the German luxury car manufacturer this year. The new-generation. Mercedes has begun taking pre-bookings for the C-Class, with deliveries beginning from June 2022.

Are the 2022 Mercedes out yet? ›

The 2022 C300 and C300 4Matic C-class sedans are scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships in early 2022.

How much will the new 2022 Mercedes C-Class cost? ›

The new C300 sedan starts at $44,600, $1950 more than before, and now offers Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle trim levels. The new 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-class sedan will start at $44,600. The C300 will offer 4Matic all-wheel drive as an option and comes in Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle trim levels.

Where is 2022 C300 built? ›

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For 2022, Mercedes builds the C-Class Sedan on a new W206 platform, which among other changes, incorporates 48-volt mild-hybrid electrification for increased energy efficiency. Mercedes assembles U.S.-bound examples in Bremen, Germany.

Will there be a 2022 C Class coupe? ›

All 2022 C-class models are powered by the same 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and wear the name C300 on their shapely trunklid. The turbo four is enhanced by a 48-volt hybrid system that can temporarily provide up to 20 extra horsepower.

How much is the C200 2022? ›

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2022 prices range from $66,900 for the basic trim level Sedan C-Class C200 to $202,177 for the top of the range Convertible C-Class C63 S.

What is the price of Mercedes in 2022? ›

Mercedes-Benz India on Wednesday officially launched the 2022 C-Class at a starting price of ₹55 lakh (ex showroom) for the C 200 variant. The C-Class 220d and 300d diesel variants have been priced at ₹56 lakh and ₹61 lakh (ex showroom), respectively.

Is new C-Class worth buying? ›

The new C-Class has a longer wheelbase plus a wider seat with more legroom on offer. Compared to the previous-generation model, there is certainly more space and comfort with the seats having good bolstering. That said, rear seat legroom is just about adequate and it is more of a comfortable 4-seater.

Can you order a 2022 Mercedes? ›

Those who are interested in pre-ordering a new 2022 Mercedes-Benz model from Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City can call 833-353-0155 or visit http://www.mb-kc.com. Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City is located at 13851 Madison Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS is one vehicle drivers can reserve now.

Does the 2022 C class have CarPlay? ›

Standard 2022 C-Class Sedan Features

These profiles can be activated using fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication. Drivers and passengers will be able to access the Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ wirelessly.

When was C-Class facelift? ›

The C-Class received a facelift in 2011 for the 2012 model year including new LED taillights, a revised dashboard and instrument cluster layout, and a revised front fascia and headlights. The W204 platform continued into 2015 with the C-Class coupe.

Is the 2022 Mercedes C-Class a hybrid? ›

For 2021, the C-Class received 235 horsepower from a four-cylinder, turbo 2.0-liter engine. This same engine is bolstered with mild-hybrid technology in 2022, and this improvement raises output to 255 horsepower.

Is Mercedes c200 a reliable car? ›

Mercedes C-Class reliability

Reliability may be less of a reason to buy a C-Class; although the latest model is too new to feature on our 2022 survey, the outgoing one ranked 71st out of 75 models in 2021.

How much is a 2022 Mercedes Maybach? ›

Starting at $185,000 est. Highs Two compelling turbocharged engine choices, extra-smooth ride, palatial cabin.

Where is the new C-Class built? ›

The Saloon and Estate models of the new C-Class are starting to leave the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The bestselling Mercedes-Benz model series over the past decade will start production in Bremen, the lead plant in the global C-Class production network.

Where are AMG C-Class built? ›

Berlin – about 2,500 employees: producesengines, components, and more. Bremen – about 12,500 employees: manufactures the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class, SL, SLC, GLC, and GLC Coupe. Hamburg – about 2,500 employees: producesaxles and axle components, exhaust emission technology components, steering columns, and more.

Where are Mercedes C-Class cars made? ›

United States. The Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama employs about 3,700 employees. This plant produces Mercedes-Benz SUVs like the GLE, the GLE Coupe, and the GLS, as well as the popular Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan.

Is Mercedes C-Class a luxury car? ›

The Mercedes-Benz C Class is amongst the top-selling luxury cars.

How long will a Mercedes C300 last? ›

The average Mercedes C300 will last between 150,000 to 200,000 miles before an engine rebuild is required. Based on the national average of 15,000 miles per year, the C300 should last between 10 and 13.5 years, providing it has been properly maintained.

Which Mercedes is the fastest? ›

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S

What's the difference between a C200 and C250? ›

Between the C200 and C250, engine size is the same but C250 runs at twice the boost pressure of C200 so it's more powerful. C250 feels like there's a constant wave of torque whereas the C200 feels a lot smoother and refined as it cruises up to 200 km/h. 7G-Tronic also behaves slightly differently in both models.

What is W206? ›

The Mercedes-Benz W206 is the fifth generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class which is produced by Mercedes-Benz Group AG (formerly known as Daimler AG) since 2021. It replaces the W205 C-Class which has been produced since 2014.

What engine does a C200 have? ›

The entry-level C 180 and the C 200 both use a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, with 168bhp and 204bhp respectively. With rear-wheel drive and the same automatic gearbox as the diesels, these take 8.6 and 7.3 seconds to get from 0-62mph.

Which is better BMW or Mercedes? ›

BMW might be better for you if you want a spirited drive with better fuel economy ratings. On the other hand, Mercedes vehicles are known for safety and come with many high-tech features. The choice is left up to you. You can't go wrong with a BMW or Mercedes if you are looking for a luxury car.

Which car is most expensive in the world? ›

What is the world's most expensive car? The world's most expensive car is the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO with an estimated price tag of $70 million.

Does 2022 C-Class have ventilated seats? ›

The C-Class sedan seats five people across two rows. It comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and heated and power-adjustable front seats. Genuine leather upholstery, Nappa leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats are available.

When was the C-Class updated? ›

A new C-Class was launched in 2021, bringing Mercedes' latest styling direction, added electrification and an upmarket interior that's similar to the one in the flagship Mercedes S-Class limousine.

What's the difference between C200 and C300? ›

The C300 petrol and both diesels have 2.0-litre engines, while the C200 makes do with a little 1.5. All are mild-hybrids, featuring a 48-volt battery and integrated starter/generator motor that recoups energy lost under braking, using it to assist the engine at start up and when accelerating.

How long does it take to factory order a Mercedes? ›

If you're ordering a Mercedes-Benz made in the US, typical lead times span between a month and three months. If you're ordering a model that's only made in Germany, those wait times are usually between three and six months. However, keep in mind that global supply chain fluctuations may mean longer turn arounds.

How long does it take to order a new Mercedes? ›

In general, Mercedes-Benz custom-ordered vehicles built in Europe can take between 3 to 6 months to arrive. Models produced in North America typically arrive between 1 and 3 months. Our team will keep you informed throughout the build process.

How long does Mercedes take to build a car? ›

It usually takes between four to eight weeks for a factory ordered car to be created and delivered to the dealership.

Who is the girl in the Mercedes C-Class Commercial 2022? ›

The heroine, played by Camila Cabello, is an ambitious young woman whose dreams are bigger than the world will allow. Mercedes-Benz tapped the film's lead actors, Cabello and Billy Porter, who plays the Fabulous Godmother or 'Fab G,' to join the Mercedes-Benz family as the brand's newest ambassadors.

Does 2022 Mercedes have CarPlay? ›

The Mercedes-Benz lineup is packed with premium technology and upscale features, but do Mercedes-Benz cars have Apple CarPlay? The answer is yes!

What does the W stand for in Mercedes? ›

That's the classic naming convention for. @MercedesBenz. racing cars. The W stands for Wagen, meaning car in German. The number is the project number - W11 - meaning the 11th Mercedes.

When did W205 get facelift? ›

The facelift versions were released in 2018 for the 2019 model year.

What is the meaning of 4MATIC? ›

4MATIC® is an all-wheel drive system that has a lightweight drivetrain. When your Mercedes-Benz vehicle comes equipped with 4MATIC® all-wheel drive, you'll experience better traction and smoother handling on Chino roads. Learn more about Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC® from the team at Mercedes-Benz of Ontario!

What does the C stand for in Mercedes C-Class? ›

C-Class. Compact luxury sedan, coupe, and cabriolet. E-Class. Mid-size luxury sedan, coupe, and cabriolet. G-Class.

Is there a 2022 C-Class AMG? ›

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 43 Features & Specs

Length: 184.8 in. / Height: 55.3 in. Overall Width with Mirrors: 79.4 in. Overall Width without Mirrors: 71.3 in. Curb Weight: 3913 lbs.

Is the 2022 C300 a hybrid? ›

A Joyful Sport Sedan

The C 300's all-new engine combines all of Mercedes' latest technologies for the first time in its new, modular engine family. That means a 48-volt mild hybrid system to seamlessly start or stop the engine to save fuel, including while “gliding” on the highway.

Is the 2022 C300 electric? ›

One-pedal driving is available in the plug-in hybrid variants of the 2022 C-Class, which have an electric range of over 100 km (62 miles) in the WLTP cycle.

Which is the most fuel efficient Mercedes C-Class? ›

The most efficient C-Class models are the C 300 e and C 300 de, which are fitted with petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid powertrains respectively. The C 300 e can return up to 176.6mpg and only emits 35g/km of CO2, while the C 300 de can manage up to 217.3mpg and emits exactly the same amount.

Which Mercedes-Benz C-Class is most reliable? ›

C-Class 2008-2014

J.D. Power rated the 2014 C-Class reliability 4.5 out of 5. Unlike larger Mercedes-Benz models, the C-Class holds its value well because of great balance between quality and cost.

Which is better Maybach or Rolls-Royce? ›

The Mercedes-Benz Maybach S-Class is available in 3982 cc engine with 1 fuel type options: Mild Hybrid(Electric + Petrol) and Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is available in 6749 cc engine with 1 fuel type options: Petrol. Maybach S-Class provides the mileage of 9.8 kmpl and Phantom VIII provides the mileage of 7.1 kmpl.

How much is Davido's Maybach? ›

After a successful show in London, at the O2, Davido who is still expecting his brand new Lamborghini to touch down in Nigeria from Dubai bought another truck. This time, it is the 2022 MERCEDEZ MAYBACH GLS 600. This truck is worth $300,000 (N171,000,000).

Is the S580 a Maybach? ›

Mercedes-Maybach S 580 4MATIC.

What Mercedes are coming out 2022? ›

2022 Mercedes-Benz and AMG new cars
ModelWhat's newTiming
Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E PerformanceNew variantH2 2022
Mercedes-AMG SLAll newH2 2022
Mercedes-Benz EQBAll newH2 2022
Mercedes-Benz EQEAll newH2 2022
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Will there be a 2022 E Class? ›

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes in four body styles: sedan, coupe, cabriolet (convertible), and wagon. The sedan comes in four trim levels: E 350, E 450, AMG E 53, and AMG E 63 S. The coupe is offered in E 450 and AMG E 53 trims, and the wagon and convertible come in E 450 and AMG E 53 trims.

Is Mercedes making 2022 G wagon? ›

There are two versions of the 2022 Mercedes G-Class from which to choose. The Mercedes-Benz G 550 is the standard model, equipped with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine.

Is Mercedes C-Class a luxury car? ›

The Mercedes-Benz C Class is amongst the top-selling luxury cars.

Why is Mercedes getting rid of V8? ›

Consumers won't be able to purchase many top-selling SUVs from Mercedes-Benz for the 2022 model year. That's because the German automaker will not be bringing most of its V8 models to the U.S. due to a “supply chain” issue and “several other factors,” a spokesperson for the company told Forbes Wheels.

Will there be a 2022 G63? ›

Overview. Mercedes-Benz's iconic G-wagen SUV has roots as a military vehicle, but the high-performance 2022 Mercedes-AMG G63 model serves an entirely different driver than the 1970s original.

Is C Class or E-Class better? ›

The E-Class is more refined and plusher, however. If you can afford it, the E-Class' more rounded driving experience with a greater focus on comfort and space might swing it, but the C-Class offers much the same experience for a lower price.

What Mercedes class is the best? ›

What's the highest Mercedes-Benz class? The top-tier, flagship class of the Mercedes-Benz brand is typically considered to be the S-Class. Originally introduced in 1972, the S-Class moniker has remained in use to denote some of the automaker's most impressive rides ever since.

What does the E stand for in Mercedes E350? ›

Production. 1953–present (E-Class nomenclature adopted since 1993) Body and chassis. Class. Executive car (E)

What is better than Ag Wagon? ›

The Range Rover wins in this category again, because it has more options than Mercedes' offering. Though the Range Rover has four models that start at a cheaper price than every G-Wagon, its highest trims get far more pricey. The G-Wagon starts high but doesn't go up too much, mostly due to only having one trim level.

What is the Mercedes jeep called? ›

The Premium G-Class SUV.

What is Ag Wagon slang? ›

What is G-Wagon slang for? 1990 Mercedes-Benz G-Class | Mercedes-Benz. Geländewagen. Gelandewagen simply means “all terrain vehicle” in German. They started as military vehicles before the rich and famous discovered them as boulevard cruisers.

Which is the future car of Mercedes? ›

Around 6 upcoming Mercedes-Benz cars like EQS, GLB, EQA, EQB, GLC 2023 will be launched in India in 2022-2024.
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Mercedes-Benz Upcoming Cars in 2022 & 2023.
ModelPrice
Mercedes-Benz EQARs. 60.00 Lakh*
Mercedes-Benz EQBRs. 80.00 Lakh*
Mercedes-Benz GLC 2023Rs. 60.00 Lakh*
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How much is the new Mercedes future car? ›

The Mercedes Vision AVTR price in USA would start from US$76,000 when it becomes available for sale. This speculation was made by various international media, critics and auto enthusiasts.

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