The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class is keeping with tradition. This all-new C Class is effectively a miniature version of the S Class sedan, both in design and features. Though this C Class is taking a new approach when it comes to powertrains.

Trickling down design and features from the coveted S Class to the E and C Class models is one of the most predictable traditions in this industry. Mercedes is keeping the tradition alive by giving the W206 C Class a design that is very similar to the 2021 S Class. Despite the car being all-new, it still harkens back to today’s C Class.

Really the headliner from an exterior perspective is the C Class’ footprint. The new car is 2.5 inches longer overall while wheelbase grows by an inch. The added dimensions have given the C Class a little more of a dramatic proportion, not to mention allowed Mercedes to increase nearly every interior dimension inside.

Speaking of the interior, this one is completely redesigned from today’s C Class. Like the exterior, Mercedes has taken the S Class modern dash panel design and slotted into the C Class. This includes a massive tablet-like touchscreen hosing second-generation MBUX infotainment. Subsequently, there’s an 11.3-inch screen that serves as the car’s gauge cluster display. Mercedes has even added a fingerprint scanner to log the driver into their personalized experience with the C Class.

Electrified Four Cylinder

One of the bigger stories of the W206 C Class is the fact it is going back to its roots when it comes to engines. Mercedes-Benz has already confirmed the W206 will never have more than four cylinders, including the AMG C63 variant. We’re already seeing this with the C300’s new powertrain, which is a turbocharged 2.0-liter.

While a 2.0-liter turbo sounds really familiar in Mercedes land, this one is different. The 2022 C Class features a 48-volt electrical architecture, including a mild hybrid system attached to the four-cylinder. The engine itself is good for 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, but the mild hybrid system can add 20 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of assist. All in, Mercedes says the 2022 C300 can sprint from zero to 60 mph in about 5.9 seconds.

All variants of the 2022 C Class will be fitted with Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic transmission. Though Mercedes notes the transmission is 30-percent lighter than the one in today’s C Class.

Rounding out the new hardware is a new Agility Control suspension. This standard setup allows for continuously adjustable damping to balance out the C Class’ ride and handling.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class will begin arriving in U.S. dealerships in early 2022. Expect pricing and U.S. specific details to be announced closer to launch.