In SUV-obsessed America, it’s easy to believe the conventional car-based wagon‘s days are numbered. But at the launch of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class earlier this year, insiders pointed out the fact two out of every three C-Class models sold in Germany are wagons. So even though every third Mercedes sold worldwide in 2019 was an SUV (and in 2020 the GLC-Class was the company’s single best-selling model notching up 320,000 global sales), the new W206-series C-Class wagon is anything but an afterthought.
The 2022 Mercedes C-Class wagon naturally shares much of its hardware with the sedan, including the new four-link front suspension and 1.0 inch longer wheelbase. The wagon is also available with the rear-wheel-steering system that turns the rear wheels up to 2.5 degrees in the opposite direction as the fronts at speeds up to 35 mph to improve agility and maneuverability, and up to 2.5 degrees in the same direction as the fronts beyond 35 mph to improve high-speed stability.
The proven 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, lightened and updated to handle more torque with reduced friction, is available as an option, as are adjustable continuously variable dampers and a stiffer sport suspension. A coming addition to the C-Class wagon range is an All-Terrain model, which gets the revised 4Matic driveline as standard, along with a 1.6-inch increase in ride height and two off-road driving modes.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.