Mercedes-Benz PH brings new C-Class up to speed in the luxury compact sedan market

August 12, 2022

Auto Nation Group (ANG), the official distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the Philippines, launches the new C-Class during an exclusive luncheon held at its Bonifacio Global City showroom.

The fifth generation C-Class has been thoroughly redesigned and steps up the game of luxury compact sedans. It carries the latest innovations and modernizations that give the styling elements, substance and technologies from the flagship S-Class. “The C-Class has raised the bar of the luxury compact executive sedans. It’s where Modern Luxury meets driving dynamics, human-centered innovations, and all that in a good looking form that you would fall in love with, once again.’’ Says Mr. Frankie Ang, Chief Operating Officer at Auto Nation Group, Inc. True to its commitment to build the world’s most desirable cars, Mercedes-Benz  continues to press ahead with its sustainable strategy. The brand continually improves the quality of its products and services, and keeps on adapting and diversifying.

The new C-Class carries the new design language that was first introduced back with the S-Class – from the exterior design characteristics, headlamp and taillamp design, all the way to the flowing, seamless, and extensively digitized interior. These were all carried over to the compact sedan segment, wherein the new C-Class can bring all these luxurious touches to a wider market. As such, the C-Class deserves to be dubbed as the “Baby S”.


The new C-Class blends sportiness and luxury in a contemporary form. Reduced lines meet extensively sculpted surfaces and dynamic body proportions with sporty design elements.

The car has grown a lot comapred to its predecessor – with a wheelbase longer by 25mm, overall length by 65mm, width by 45mm, and 7mm more ground clearance. These contribute to the overall space inside the cabin, and further improves driving dynamics. The AVANTGARDE exterior features a newly redesigned front bumper with a single louvre radiator grille that accentuates the prominent Mercedes-Benz star. Its LED High Performance headlamps with daytime running lights redesigned to be are made sleeker and modern. Pronounced powerdomes on the bonnet also give a sporty and masculine character of the new C-Class.

From the side, it is notiably longer than the predecessor, and with a sleeker coupe-like design – topped with new 18-inch multi-spoke light-alloy wheels and runflat tires. The rear is a familiar sight since it now features two-section tail lights which are also found on the E-Class and S-Class. These lights have full-LED technology make the car appear wider and more strout


Getting inside the cabin of the C-Class feels like you are stepping in the world of S-Class. Its flowing forms and refined materials raise the modern luxury of its interior to a new level.


The refreshed operating and display concept, which relies on digitization, also contributes to this. The 11.9” floating central display touchscreen is loaded with features and is also slightly inclined towards the driver to make it easier to read and operate. The 10.25” free-standing full digital instrument display is already part of the standard equipment. You can customize the display style to suit your preference, such as Classic, Sport, and Understated. It can also show you driver assistance menus.

The new C-Class is also equipped with the latest generation NTG7 MBUX multimedia system that now gets more connectivity features and a “Hey Mercedes“ voice command system. The driver can also operate the MBUX in the multifunction steering wheel via touch control buttons.

Now that the C-Class is more digital than ever – you can easily connect your mobile wirelessly via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto. It gives convenient access to the most important applications on your smartphone (Messages, Spotify, Waze, etc.).


The new C-Class has everything to help you relax. It offers generous space with larger legroom and more headroom. Once set, the seats are electrically adjustable for the driver and passenger with capacitive switches. This reacts to the touch input. The front seats have memory function settings for up to three people. The profiles can be selected easily, and changed at any time. It also has a 4-way lumbar support to adjust the seat contour to your lumbar area and it improves seating comfort and ergonomics.

The new C-Class steps up the game of progressive comfort with its 64-color ambient lighting that helps create the right ambience for you. It is also equipped with THERMATIC dual-zone automatic climate control, where it can be set easily with the convenient temperature and ventilation controls found on the central display. This also have an activated charcoal filter to filter dust and reduces harmful chemicals and substances – The balanced interior climate will always give optimal comfort for both the driver and passengers.


Mercedes-Benz sets the standards on making every journey safe for the drivers and passengers. The new C-Class is a monument in engineering, not just for its performance and luxurious interior, but also for its adavanced safety features.

The new C-Class comes with a standard seven airbags to reduce risk of injury. It is inclusive of a two-stage deployment airbag for driver and passenger, side bags, window bags, and knee bag for the driver. The car is also equipped with Blind Spot assist to keep the driver well-informed of the surroundings. The system alerts you when a vehicle enters a blind spot zone, and sends a signal to avoid a possible collision. The C-Class has a lot of driver assistance systems such as the Active Brake Assist, Active Parking Assist, 12 ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear, Reversing Camera, and ATTENTION ASSIST.


The new C-Class has a 1.5 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 170 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Now, the C-Class comes with an electrified drivetrain with EQ boost mild-hybrid technology. Mercedes-Benz’s advanced technology is also electrifying the compact sedan segment, with  its 

2nd generation mild-hybrid system which introduced in the flagship S-Class last year. The Integrated Starter Generator and 48-volt power supply supports the combustion engine by providing up to 15kW of additional power and up to 200 Nm more torque. This is particularly noticeable in the acceleration behavior of the combustion engine – while maintaining low fuel consumption.

Power is delivered to the rear wheels by the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, with barely noticeable gear changes for a smooth yet engaging drive. The transmission maintains low engine speeds which reduces the fuel consumption even more – and maintains a quiet running engine. The new C-Class is more energetic and more energy-conscious. It's more responsive yet more refined, advancing its sport-sedan legacy into a new era of driving fun.

Some great features from other Mercedes-Benz cars are kept like the DYNAMIC SELECT – it let’s you choose whether you want a sporty or comfortable drive – this tweaks the engine, suspension, and steering of the car to your liking. Without a doubt, the C-Class will give an impressive and relaxed drive wherever it may be.

The new C-Class is a symbol of modern luxury – a special treat in your busy world. Immense yourself and indulge in modern luxury that the C-Class offers. Experience progressive comfort, intuitive connectivity, and driving dynamics that make you feel in control. The new C-Class Avantgarde variant has an introductory price of PhP 3,890,000 and is now available for viewing in all Mercedes-Benz showrooms at Bonifacio Global City, Edsa Greenhills, Alabang, and Cebu City. You  may also visit our online showroom to know more about the new C-Class.

About the Author

Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.