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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2022: next generation delayed due to chip shortages

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

The W206-generation car won’t be here as early as we think, as the model has been impacted by the ongoing semiconductor crisis


The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been delayed until 2022 due to ongoing issues with getting an adequate supply of semiconductor chips.

Originally slated to arrive in late 2021, Chasing Cars understands that delays in production for the Australian-specification W206 generation C-Class mean there is still no firm arrival month for the vehicle.

A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz Australia told Chasing Cars that “at this stage, we’re planning for Q1” – meaning an arrival by the end of March.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 sedan and wagon
The sedan and estate versions of the C-Class will both be available in 2022

The C-Class will continue its rivalry with models such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 in the luxury sedan segment. 

What to expect from the new W206 C-Class 

All C-Class variants will offer some form of electrification, with either 48-volt mild hybrid systems or a plug-in hybrid setup. 

The 48-volt system is able to deliver an additional 15kW of power and 200Nm of torque and an electric only mode.  

The new C-Class range is expected to open with the C200 which will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder producing 150kW of power and 300Nm of torque

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 front driving
All variants will offer some form of electrification

Next up is the C300 that features a larger 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol making 190kW/400Nm

Both C200 and C300 will be available with 4Matic all-wheel drive as an option. 

Diesel options will also be available in C220d and C300d variants, which produce 147kW/440Nm and 195kW/550Nm respectively. 

A plug-in hybrid version of the C-Class will enter the range, too, which uses a 95kW/440Nm electric motor and a 25.4kWh battery pack. This model is capable of travelling 100km (WLTP) exclusively on electric power. 

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 side
The new C-Class looks a lot like the previous generation, but there are subtle differences

AMG models such as the C63 are set to use a hybrid petrol combination, with outputs potentially rising to be as high as 600kW and 1000nm – although official outputs are yet to be confirmed. 

Will the C-Class look different to the current generation?

Mercedes-Benz’s designers have chosen evolution rather than revolution for the exterior design of the new W206 C-Class but there have been a number of notable changes. 

A two-piece LED lamp headlight will be standard on all models, with the traditional grille remaining at the front. 

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 close up
Two piece LED headlights will be standard on all models

At the rear, the tail lights have been redesigned to match the new design language seen on the A-Class. 

In terms of size, the C-Class has grown over the older model, which is now 65mm longer in length and 13mm wider for the sedan. Wheelbase has been extended by 25mm to give more room on the inside. 

What about the interior?

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 interior
Massive 11.9-inch screen optional, 9.5-inch is standard

Mercedes-Benz has worked hard to increase the physical space inside the cabin, expanding the rear headroom by 15mm and increasing elbow and knee room as well. 

There will be plenty of screen inside the new C-Class, with a 10.25-inch driving display taking centre stage, but can be replaced with a larger 12.3-inch screen on higher trim levels. 

A 9.5-inch standard touchscreen sits central to the car’s cabin but can be upgraded to a 11.9-inch screen if needed.