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Old 12-07-2021, 07:03 AM   #1
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Default New Mercedes-Benz C-Class delayed until 2022


New Mercedes-Benz C-Class delayed until 2022

Three-pointed star’s next-gen mid-size luxury car suffers at the hands of semi-conductor shortage

The Australian release of the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been pushed back to 2022 due the ongoing global semi-conductor shortage.

The latest W206 generation of what was once Mercedes’ best-selling model (before the GLC medium SUV arrived) and Australia’s top-selling mid-size luxury sedan (a title that will go to the BMW 3 Series again this year) was originally due for local launch in the final quarter of this year.

While a definitive launch date is yet to be locked in, carsales understands the German brand’s local arm is now targeting the first quarter of next year
(January-March 2022).

Due to the current semi-conductor shortages Mercedes-Benz Australia is yet to receive sufficient supply of new C-Class vehicles (W206) to facilitate a local launch,” a spokesperson said.

“We are planning for a launch in the new year subject to production and shipping confirmation.”

Details of the local Mercedes-Benz C-Class range are just as thin on the ground, but we’ve as previously reported, the core C200 and C300 nameplates are expected to be the first variants to arrive, followed by a plug-in hybrid (PHEV).
All of the powertrains have been uprated and tweaked in comparison to the current generation, offering both more power and better fuel economy thanks to their standard 48V mild-hybrid systems.

For reference, the new-gen C200’s turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine produces 150kW/300Nm (+15kW/20Nm), while the bigger-engined and gruntier C300 churns out 190kW/400Nm (+30Nm).

Using a detuned version of the C300’s engine as a base, the PHEV powertrain in the new C350e develops total outputs of 230kW/550Nm thanks to its combination of the 150kW/320Nm petrol engine, a 45kW/440Nm electric motor and a 25.4kWh lithium-ion battery.

Further down the line the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 sports sedan will also join the new C-Class in local showrooms but given the supply constraints and the fact that car hasn’t even been revealed yet, we wouldn’t expect to see it on Aussie roads until at least 2023.

As we’ve reported, the neither the new C-Class Estate nor its crossover sibling, the new C-Class All-Terrain, will be sold in Australia.

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