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2022 Mercedes Benz C Class: Tech evaluation | Autocar India

Written by Raghav

The brand new C-Class brings a number of tech options, together with a brand new 11.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. We deliver you an in depth look.

Revealed On Might 15, 2022 08:00:00 AM

Mercedes-Benz has launched the new-generation C-Class within the Indian market, with costs ranging from Rs 55 lakh. Obtainable in two variants – Avantgarde and AMG-Line – throughout three engine choices, the brand new C-Class borrows a lot of the tech from greater, costlier Mercedes-Benz automobiles. With the assistance of tech consultants from Stuff India, we deliver you an in-depth evaluation of all of the tech on supply and the way it works in the true world. 

2022 Mercedes Benz C Class: touchscreen, MBUX system and Mercedes Me

The inside of the C-Class carefully resemble that of the larger, extra premium S-Class. That sense of familiarity is especially because of the 11.9-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen infotainment system. Moreover, what additionally grabs your consideration is the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which is the most important within the section. Each the screens assist to create a high-tech vibe contained in the cabin, which is accentuated by illuminated turbine-shaped AC vents. 

The infotainment display options the newest model of the MBUX infotainment system (NTG7). There are some key updates like 3D maps, courtesy of Right here Maps, and it provides crystal clear particulars of standard websites and monuments. Nonetheless, because the C-Class additionally comes with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for now, it begs the query – would anybody use the in-built satnav? The plus level of utilizing it, although, is that it additionally shows within the centre of the instrument cluster, which is simpler to search for when you’re on the transfer. 

Tilted barely in direction of the driving force, the massive display would possibly look daunting, however the MBUX system is logically laid-out. The local weather management settings keep mounted on the backside of the display, whatever the features chosen within the prime half, so fast modifications to the fan velocity and temperature can simply be executed. A capacitive contact bar below the display toggles between the drive modes and in addition has a biometric fingerprint scanner and quantity controls.  

As many as seven totally different customers can log in by their fingerprint scan or voice recognition, and the C-Class will mechanically regulate the seats and steering place, ambient gentle colors and temperature, and even the final media supply and route taken. “Hey Mercedes, load my private profile” is all that must be stated for the system to return to life. 

Alternatively, you may additionally use the closely up to date Mercedes Me related automotive app and login even earlier than you get within the automotive, and when you’re at it, even pre-cool the cabin through the app. After all, it additionally helps you to monitor a plethora of the automotive’s very important methods like tyre strain, standing of the door, boot and hood, together with sunroof management, geofencing, eco show and far more.

2022 Mercedes Benz C Class: audio system and different tech 

The C200 and C220d – out there solely in Avantgarde trim – get inventory audio system, which feels moderately underwhelming with solely 4 full-range audio system doing all of the audio duties. The C300d – out there in AMG-Line – will get the Burmester 3D encompass sound system. With 15 audio system and greater than 700W of energy, that is the one to go if you’re a music lover. 

Mercedes has raised the bar with security tech as effectively, equipping the brand new C-Class with Automotive-to-X platform that enables it to be related to different new-generation Mercedes-Benz automobiles that run the identical NTG7 (and to a lesser diploma, NTG5/NTG too) and keep up to date with street closures, accident conditions or some other hazard by relaying info through the Mercedes cloud on the C-Class’ infotainment display; it’s nonetheless early, with only some hundred automobiles utilizing it in the mean time, however the numbers are solely set to go up. 

Nonetheless, some issues may have been higher. As an illustration, the entrance seats aren’t ventilated, which is a characteristic that’s changing into more and more widespread even in cheaper automobiles. Additionally, the try to cut back bodily buttons appears to have gone a bit far. Even the seat-adjustment buttons, proven as a diagram on the door panel, are capacitive and don’t transfer ahead and backward together with your inputs. It doesn’t really feel intuitive to make use of. 

2022 Mercedes Benz C Class: rivals and positioning 

The brand new C-Class rivals different govt luxurious sedans just like the Audi A4, Jaguar XE, BMW Three Sequence, and the Volvo S60. The Audi A4 is available in three trim ranges – Premium, Premium Plus and Expertise. Even the bottom Premium variant will get options reminiscent of a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wi-fi charger, and ambient lighting, amongst others.

 The Jaguar XF is on the market in two trims – S and SE. Each the variants get options just like the Contact Professional 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a head-up show. The BMW Three Sequence will get Sport, Luxurious Line and M-Sport trim ranges. The bottom Sport trim will get an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, whereas the Luxurious Line and M-Sport trim ranges get a much bigger 10.25-inch display. Moreover, higher-spec fashions additionally get three-zone local weather management, digital instrument cluster and gesture management for the infotainment. 

The Volvo S60 in India is solely out there within the top-spec Inscription trim. It will get goodies reminiscent of a 9.0-inch portrait-styled infotainment system, four-zone local weather management, a premium Harmon Kardon audio system, and panoramic sunroof, to call a couple of. Moreover, it will get a slew of driver aids like lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise management. 

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