With the unveiling of the new-gen C-class reportedly set for February 23, more details on Mercedes-Benz’s next BMW 3-Series and Audi A4 competitor have started emerging, and it appears that the engine lineup will be indeed revolutionized.
We heard in the past that the premium compact model from the Stuttgart car brand might ditch the six- and eight-cylinder engines in favor of an exclusive four-pot lineup developed in house (no more Renault powertrains), and that might not be a rumor after all. Nonetheless, until Mercedes steps forward officially and makes the announcement, we will continue to take it with the proverbial pinch of salt.
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According to Car&Driver, the 2022 C-Class lineup will only get four bangers across the range, starting with Europe’s entry-level C180 and ending with the AMG C63. The latter will supposedly lose the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 in favor of a heavily electrified four-cylinder unit, with some claiming that the 2.0-liter mill powering the ‘45’ family might be the best candidate for the job. The new AMG C63 should develop in excess of 500 HP.
A new 48-volt mild-hybrid system will be implemented to all engines, save for the plug-in hybrids, of course, which are believed to include variants powered by gasoline and diesel, though the oil burners will be limited to Europe in all likelihood.
The U.S. market might get the C300 Sedan before the end of the year, with rear- and all-wheel drive, making approximately 250 HP. The AMG variants should follow, and a plug-in hybrid will probably complete the offering.
The new C-Class is said to lose the optional air suspension, though different chassis set-ups, with electronically adjustable dampers on the most expensive variants, will be included. Another new feature will reportedly be the adoption of rear-axle steering, for improved high-speed cornering and more maneuverability in the city.
Last, but definitely not least, the classic grille with the three-pointed star hood ornament will no longer be offered in the West, but it should live on in China, on the long-wheelbase model.