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2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e (W205) Launched In Malaysia; Avantgarde Trim, RM290k

BUYER'S GUIDE NEWS
Kon October 5, 2016 12:02

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has officially launched the new C350e plug-in hybrid, the latest addition to the highly-successful and acclaimed W205 C-Class range. Priced at RM289,888 on-the-road excluding insurance, the C350e replaces the C300, assuming its role as the leading variant of the line-up.

To recap, the W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available with a choice of five variants in total, consisting of:

  • C180 Avantgarde Line: 1.6-litre petrol, 156hp, RM228,888
  • C200 Avantgarde Line: 2.0-litre petrol, 184hp, RM248,888
  • C200 Exclusive Line: 2.0-litre petrol, 184hp, RM252,888
  • C250 AMG Line: 2.0-litre petrol, 211hp, RM287,888
  • C350e Avantgarde Line: 2.0-litre petrol hybrid, 279hp, RM289,888.

Trim: Avantgarde Line now, AMG Line later

At present, the C350e costs just RM2,000 more than the C250 AMG Line immediately below. This status quo is temporary, however.

Launch-spec sees the C350e finished with Avantgarde Line trim inside out. An uprated version to be with AMG Line trim interior and AMG wheels will come later with a price increase of RM5,000. In 2017, MBM will further upgrade the vehicle with the full AMG Line package inside out at RM299,888.

The C350e is also currently fitted with a sliding electric sunroof, which will be upgraded to a panoramic sunroof with the full AMG Line package.

Unique styling cues of the C350e include a pair of discreet “Plug-In Hybrid” badges at the front fenders, blue painted front brake calipers, and blue highlights in the headlamp assembly.

 

Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain – 279hp, 2.1 litres/100km

Broadly speaking, the C350e runs on the C250’s 211hp/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine boosted by an additional 81hp and 340Nm from its electric motor. The combined efforts of these two power units yield a net system output of 279hp and 600Nm.

As explained in an earlier report on this vehicle, the engine and motor both peak at different rpm; net system output is therefore not a direct summation of the engine’s and electric motor’s outputs.

Like other members of the C-Class range, the C350e sends power astern via a Mercedes-Benz in-house 7-speed automatic transmission. For the C350e, the gearbox is modified to accommodate the electric motor within its housing and a clutch replacing the torque converter thus allowing the engine to be fully de-coupled for full electric driving.

Electronically limited to a top speed of 250km/h, the C350e powers its way to 100km/h from rest in 5.9 seconds. Official fuel consumption is rated at 2.1 litres/100km corresponding to carbon dioxide emissions of 48 g/km. With a full charge of its 6.2 kWh traction battery, the C350e has the potential of covering 31km of ground in all-electric driving or reach a top speed of 130km/h.

As with all hybrid vehicles, the C350e recuperates kinetic energy on the move to charge its batteries. For added efficiency, the battery’s electronics are tied into the vehicle’s built-in GPS system to give the most optimal charging and discharging strategy along the driving route.

New Features – Airmatic Suspension, Pre-Entry Climate Control

In addition to all features and equipment available in existing variants of the C-Class, the C350e exclusively gets Airmatic air suspension and Pre-Entry Climate Control.

Pre-entry climate control is a standard feature available exclusively in the C350e. Before you have a laugh and say the Honda Civic can do the same thing, the Mercedes system allows full activation of the air-conditioning or heater without needing to start the engine. This is possible because the C350e’s climate control hardware is fully electric-powered. Users can choose to activate this system by remote or by pre-set timing. 

Launch: Mercedes-Benz C350e (W205) Gallery

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Prefering his cars to come with four disc brakes, independent rear suspension, and manual transmission, Kon prioritizes mechanical sophistication over outward appeal. Admires cars built to exceed the sum of their parts and appreciates vehicles engineered with integrity.

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