The C-Class comes in no fewer than five different trim levels, with two basic C300 trims and three different AMG models. The base C300 engine was updated in 2019, and now makes up to 255 hp from the turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. The C300 comes standard with rear-wheel drive and a 9-speed automatic. Expect a 0-60 time of under 6-seconds for the C300 models.
The AMG C 43 is where things begin to get serious. Powered by a 3.0L V6 and sporting a pair of turbochargers, the C43 makes 362 horsepower and an impressive 384 lb-feet of torque at only 2500 rpms. Mercedes-Benz claims a 0-60 in 4.6 seconds.
Large-displacement V8s have given way to smaller, turbo-charged efficient V8s. The AMG C63 and C63 S sit at the top of the C-Class lineup, each offering a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 making tons of horsepower. The C63 offers up 469 hp, while the S version is further tuned to make 503 hp.
In addition to the eclectic trim lineup, Mercedes offers a ton of option packages to further customize. The C300 can be had with an AMG package for those who don't want the full AMG experience, the package simply adding many of the styling cues from the more expensive trim levels, while also adding more powerful brakes and brushed aluminum pedals. An exterior lighting package includes an adaptive headlight system and Ultra-Wide Beam headlamps. The available Multimedia Package adds a huge 10.25-inch high resolution display to the center console as well as three years' worth of map updates and traffic updates for the navigation system, all of which can be controlled via voice commands.
Mercedes-Benz has added the latest in active safety systems for 2020. The company has improved their active radar systems to now see up to 820 feet from the front of the vehicle, while also covering 130 feet to each side and 260 feet to the rear of the vehicle. When combined with the automaker's camera systems, the car can detect objects up to 1640 feet from the front of the vehicle. The updated sensitivity works with Mercedes' active and passive safety systems to make the new C-Class safer than it's ever been before.