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2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class gains S-Class tech and swagger

Mercedes' compact luxury sedan is like the S-Class flagship, downsized.

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This is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and it's all new from the wheels up.

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Based on a new, longer chassis and packing standard mild-hybrid tech, the C-Class is once again available in rear- or 4Matic all-wheel-drive spec.

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The new cabin looks it -- check out the standard digital gauge cluster and portrait-oriented touchscreen running the latest version of MBUX infotainment. There's even a new streaming music service.

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The C's front overhang is commendably short.

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Yep, it's got headlights. We're betting Europeans will once again get smarter ones than what US regulations allow.

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New two-piece rear taillamps draw to a point. Cargo room is unchanged at 17.9 cubic feet.

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Yes, Mercedes revealed a fetching new station wagon variant. No, you still can't buy one in North America.

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Benz will offer both a standard suspension with adaptive dampers and a firmer AMG Line setup, but air suspension will no longer be available.

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Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo-four backed by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. You can have any transmission you want, as long as it's a nine-speed automatic.

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Power is quoted at 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, but the electric motor enables a boost mode with 20 additional horses and a whopping 148 lb-ft.

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Despite its lower overall height and a swoopy new look, Benz has actually carved out more interior space.

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Mercedes is targeting a 10-15% improvement in fuel efficiency.

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Whereas the previous-generation model was built in Alabama, US- and Canadian-bound 2022 models will be assembled in South Africa. Mercedes will also assemble the C-Class in Germany and China for other global markets.

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The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class arrives in US dealers early next year. We expect pricing information to arrive a bit closer to launch.

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