It’s no secret that this week’s debut of the newly-formed Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2022 is a fascinating piece of news. As it turned out, only four-cylinder engines will be available in the next C-Class, but a catch is available.
See, the Mercedes C-Class 2022 is the first classic variant of a fully electropowered Mercedes-Benz engine.
Christian Früh, chief engineer of the new W206 C-Class, said in a recent interview with Automotive News Europe that the German car manufacturer’s already existing hybrid plug-ins allow its team to develop a four-cylinder engine that offer a smooth and efficient 6-cylinder engine while increasing fuel savings.
We are making the bet that the incoming C-Category will have a minor power boost and energy recuperation, the latter allowing the vehicle to glide or coast on open roads with a diesel engine switched off. The integrated Starter Generator (ISG) is a 48 Volt EQ Boost mild- hybrid system.
This means that the last regular V6 C-Class in America is the outbound AMG C 33 with its 3.0-liter turbo-loading mill.
The AMG C63 and C 63 S are the latest high-performance AMG C-Class models with turbo-chared V8 as they exclusively feature an electrified four-banger.
That does not mean, however, for all electrification the new C-Class is planned.
It has not been planned to suit an electrical all-powertrain, and is still built on top of Mercedes-Benz’ Modular Rear Architecture model, MRA’s first Mercedes vehicle, when it launched the platform in 2014.
According to Früh, the power of battery pack and electric motor will pose major engineering challenges in the current C-class architecture. But what about the Electric Vehicle Design (EVA) of the brand’s latest sedan for EQS?
No, Früh said, because it means higher production costs by modifying the EVA Platform into a C-Class.