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mercedes consolidates the facelifted c class range

Mercedes consolidates the facelifted C-Class range

Mild hybrids, more safety tech, less variants and of course pricier

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Dinesh Appavu

2 Nov 2018

Not that it needs it, but the facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class range has been given a little boost in the form of EQ Boost; the 48V electric system with mild hybrid assistance from the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG).

We’ve covered the 48V and ISG previously as it made its first local appearance in the new CLS and now it’s available in consolidated range that starts with the C200, powered by a new 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine good for 184hp and 280Nm of torque. That ISG bolted between the engine and nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic adds an additional 13hp when accelerating.

In case you were wondering, the C180 is destined for our memories as it’s still powered by the 1.6-litre turbo-four and would’ve been priced too closely to the C200 so Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) tacked on more features and discontinued the C180 locally.

Gone the way of the dodo bird as well is the C250, though that’s a global discontinuation, so you can’t buy a brand new C250 anywhere now. This leads us to the C300 that’s the step up and still powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-four but is an all-new engine. It makes 258hp and 370Nm of torque, also sent to the rear wheels via the 9G-Tronic auto.

Interestingly, the C300 makes do without the 48V electrical system and EQ Boost from the ISG. The new mill is deemed sufficiently powerful with a useable torque curve. EQ Boost in the C200 is to supplement the missing torque in certain points of the powerband.

Rounding up the facelifted C-Class range is the C43 sedan that will continue to be produced locally with the C200 and C300. It runs on the same 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 but with a little more juice wringed from the engine.

Power is up the 390hp and 520Nm of torque. A nine-speed AMG Speedshift TCT 9G automatic lets power to all wheels run wild via the AMG Performance 4Matic system. It gets the car to 100kph in 4.7-seconds and will be electronically limited to 250kph.

The real upgrades are on the equipment list however. Opt for the C200 and you now get blind spot assist, 18-inch wheels, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a larger 10.25-inch media display and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.

Make it rain some extra money for the C300 and you’ll have 19-inch AMG wheels, AMG Line interior and exterior, lane-keeping assist and multibeam LED headlights tacked on.

Prices have understandably gone up. The C200 starts at RM259,888 while the C300 is priced from RM304,888. If the C43 tickles your taste buds, you’ll need to fork out RM421,888.

If you’re quick to jump on the order bandwagon (by 31 December 2018), MBM; via its Flex-C financing programme, starts at RM2,788 a month and covers the financing, insurance, and service packages. Also included in the deal are complimentary First Year Tire and Rim Insurance.