Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched a third variant into their fifth-generation C-Class sedan, capping off the W206 line with the plug-in hybrid C 350 e, priced at RM_______________, and replacing the C 300.
Mercedes-Benz C 200 Avantgarde – RM292,888
Mercedes-Benz C 300 AMG-Line – RM334,088
Mercedes-Benz C 350 e – RM355,000
Just as was the case for the previous W205 generation, this C 350 e offers both more power and fuel efficiency than the previous range-topper, the C 300, by mating its turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder mild-hybrid petrol engine with a powerful electric motor fed by lithium ion battery – a bit more on a that later.
It’s internal combustion engine alone produces 204hp and 320Nm of torque but when paired with the gearbox-mounted electric motor’s 129hp and 440Nm output, they give the C 350 e an impressive 313hp and 550Nm to play with. The car also remains rear-wheel drive, channelled through a 9-speed automatic.
At the rear of the car, Mercedes-Benz has managed to fit a shockingly large battery with a capacity of 25.4kWh – about half of a BYD Atto 3 Standard Range.
With so much juice at full charge, the automaker claims the C 350 e can travel over 100km (117km as advertised) and reach speeds of 140km/h in fully electric mode without evoking the petrol engine at all. However, while deploying both the combustion and electric motors, the car will sprint to 100km/h in as little as 6.1 seconds, and on to a top speed of 245km/h.
Of course, that has come at the cost of some boot capacity and the omission of a spare wheel and a kerb weight of over 2.1 tonnes.
In terms of charging, the C 350 can draw up to 11kW from an AC source, needing just 2 hours to replenish its reserves this way. Unfortunately, the Malaysian-spec car doesn’t support DC charging like the Thai-spec version does.
The car also comes fully kitted out, matching the equipment levels of the C 300 AMG-Line, though this PHEV receives smaller 18-inch AMG Light Alloy wheels. Highlights include a cabin upholstered liberally with Artico leather with Nappa leather accents, a premium Burmester 3D sound system, panoramic sunroof, wireless smartphone charger, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, an 11.9-inch portrait infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and Mercedes Me connected services via integrated LTE connectivity.
Other spec highlights include an AMG-Line exterior trim with Night Package, self-leveling rear suspension, and DIGITAL LIGHT headlamps.
The biggest rival to the new C 350 e is an obvious one: the BMW 330e M Sport, which was launched in early 2023 and is priced at RM278,600. While the Bimmer is a little less expensive, the Merc has superior electric range and a bit more grunt.
There’s also the larger Volvo S60 Recharge for RM315,888. The Swede delivers just about as much electric range at maximum of 90km (19kWh battery) and a good chunk more poke at 462hp and 709Nm of torque, shaving the 0-100km/h sprint to a mere 4.5 seconds.
Following this launch, Mercedes-Benz will have the C 350 e alongside the rest their line-up available for public viewing and test drives at Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City, Kuala Lumpur from February 23rd to 25th.