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2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class All-Terrain

Mercedes expands its 4X4 Station Wagon Lineup beyond the E-Class

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We already know that for 2022, the Mercedes C-Class will be offered as an All-Terrain model. Recently, a camouflaged prototype was spotted testing and, while the only thing we see is that the car will sit higher than the standard model, we have it on good authority that it will feature substantial improvements to make it more capable on harsher terrains. .

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class All-Terrain Exterior
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When the Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain arrives on sale, it will compete with the likes of Audi A4 Allroad and Volvo V60 Cross Country. In terms of aesthetics, we see the obligatory for an All-terrain "Merc" protectors around the wheel arches, which despite looking rugged, elegantly transition to the front and rear bumpers as well as the side sills.

Actually, Mercedes isn’t a stranger to making All-Terrain versions of its light vehicles. They’ve been doing the same thing with the E-Class since 2016. With the current E-Class All-Terrain, the ride height has been increased by 1.53 inches (38.86 mm) compared to the normal version. As expected, the C-Class All-Terrain’s ride height has been increased by about 1.53 inches (40 mm), compared to the normal C-Class.

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class All-Terrain Exterior
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We were right to expect a new, more rugged front and rear bumper design, in addition to the plastic trim on the side, as the new images (now, without camouflage) clearly show. The market niche for high-riding station wagons is one of the more obscure ones. It definitely cannot compare to the SUV segment, both in terms of competition and demand, but this might change as these lifted station wagons with off-road capabilities, slowly but steadily, becoming more popular.

All engines from the recently launched, standard C-Class will transition into the All-terrain. The emphasis is on efficient turbocharged inline-four engines, with 48-volt Mild-hybrid technology. At the same time, the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system will come as standard.
2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Powertrain Specifications
C 300 C 300 4MATIC
Displacement cc 1,999 1,999
Output hp 255 255
at rpm 5,800 5,800
Add. output (boost) hp 20 20
Peak torque lb-ft 295 295
at rpm 2,000-3,200 2,000-3,200
Add. torque (boost) lb-ft 148 148
Acceleration 0-60 mph s 5.9 5.9
Top speed* mph 130 130

In normal conditions, most of the power will be sent to the rear axle, but depending on the version and application, it can send up to 100 percent of the torque to the front axle, if needed. Moreover, the 4Matic system offers two off-road modes. The only gearbox option will be Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic.

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class All-Terrain Interior
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MBUX infotainment
Mercedes’ infotainment system is navigated through a 10 or 12.3-inch touchscreen

Inside, it’s your typical highly digitalized, C-Class interior, dominated by soft-touch materials and generous amounts of leather. You also get the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, which you can navigate through via the 10 or, optionally, 12.3-inch touchscreen. Of course, you also get the latest in active and passive safety. With the C-Class All-Terrain, you can also opt for an off-road light.

Compared to the standard C-Class, the All-Terrain is 4.0 mm longer and measures 4,755 mm in length. Because of the beefier wheel arches, the All-Terrain is also 21.0 mm wider than the standard car, at 1,841 mm. As mentioned earlier, the ground clearance is around 40 mm, which translates to 1,494 mm in height. As standard, the C-Class All-Terrain comes with 225/55 R 17 tire size, but 245/45 R 18 and 245/40 R 19, with a 41.0 mm offset, are optional as well.

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class All-Terrain Exterior
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Highly adaptive AWD system
The 4Matic will feature 2 different off-road modes, depending on the driving conditions

The 2022 Mercedes C-Class All-terrain will debut at the 2021 IAA International Auto Show in Munich, Germany, this September.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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