It’s no secret there’s an all-new 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class debuting this week, and we’ve got attention-grabbing information on the most recent C-Class. Because it seems, the next-gen C-Class will arrive completely with four-cylinder engines, however there’s a catch.
You see, the 2022 Mercedes C-Class is the primary traditional Mercedes-Benz mannequin to achieve a totally electrified powertrain. In a latest interview with Automotive Information Europe, Christian Früh, chief engineer of the brand new W206 C-Class, mentioned that the German carmaker’s present plug-in hybrid know-how enabled his crew to create a four-cylinder engine with the smoothness and energy output of a six-cylinder motor, all whereas bettering gas financial system.
We’re betting the incoming C-Class may have the model’s 48-volt EQ Enhance Built-in Starter Generator (ISG) mild-hybrid system providing a slight energy enhance and vitality recuperation, the latter permitting the automobile to glide or coast on open highways with the gasoline engine turned off.
This implies the final C-Class in America to have a regular V6 is the outgoing AMG C 43 with its turbocharged 3.0-liter mill. And for the reason that new C-Class will strictly include an electrified four-banger, the AMG C63 and C 63 S are the final high-performance AMG C-Class fashions to have a turbocharged V8.
Nonetheless, this doesn’t imply the brand new C-Class is destined for all-electrification. It’s nonetheless constructed on prime of Mercedes-Benz’s Modular Rear Structure (MRA) platform – the primary Mercedes automobile to take action when the platform was launched in 2014 – that’s not designed to accommodate an all-electric powertrain.
In response to Früh, force-fitting a battery pack and electrical motor within the C-Class’ present structure would current important engineering challenges. However how in regards to the model’s new Electrical Automobile Structure (EVA) underpinning the incoming EQS electrical luxurious sedan? No, mentioned Früh, as a result of adapting the EVA platform in an electrical C-Class will lead to larger manufacturing prices.
We’ll know extra because the 2022 Mercedes C-Class debuts on-line on February 23, 2021. You’ll be able to watch the livestream occasion on the Mercedes Me digital platform beginning at 2:00 pm CEST and eight:00 AM EST.