For luxury car brands that have been around for many years, people would always associate it with a specific model. For Mercedes-Benz, it will have to be its C-Class range of luxury sedans. To date, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the German automaker’s most popular range, always featuring the latest in automotive technology and features.
With only a few weeks passing since the unveiling of its A-Class series, Mercedes-Benz introduces three new updates to its existing C-Class lineup, mainly to the C 200, the C 300, and the AMG C 43. This will be the fifth consecutive year that Mercedes-Benz brings out something new for the C-Class.
C 200 Avantgarde Line
Carrying an avant-garde design, the C 200 has a sportier and more athletic build than its usual run-of-the-mill body kit. This includes a dynamic front bumper with a central trim element in high-sheen chrome and air inlets with a diamond-patterned mesh. The C 200 also comes with a twin-pipe exhaust system in high-gloss chrome to complement its overall exterior.
Under its hood sits the new 1.5-litre four-cylinder M264 engine with a powerful starter/alternator combination known as EQ Boost. It contributes an additional 13hp, putting its maximum power output to 184hp. The C 200 has a top speed of 239kph while doing 0-100 in 7.7 seconds.
The interior of the C 200 focuses on its infotainment performance as well as convenience with having to take your hands off the wheel. The centre console houses a 12.3-inch digital cockpit with three different display styles. The driver can choose between “Classic”, “Sport”, and “Progressive” to suit its personal preference or the selected interior of the car. There is also a 12.5-inch media display, which can be controlled via the steering wheel.
C 300 AMG Line
Carrying the highest package that Mercedes-Benz has to offer, the C 300 AMG Line comes with all the trimmings on an AMG sedan. Its facelift is subtle with very minimal changes, the most obvious being the diamond-pinned grille on the front. It sports a much edgier look with contoured lines from the front and all the way to the back.
Much like the C 200, the C 300 also comes with M264 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine, peaking at 258hp. It is also slightly faster as compared to the C 200, being able to hit a top speed of 250kph while doing the century run in just 5.9 seconds.
The C 300 also follows its younger sibling when it comes to its interior, featuring a similar infotainment console with similar display screens to match. However, the C 300 does come with the AMG trim, which means there will be plenty of red and black accents. There is also an optional AMG sports steering wheel wrapped in napa leather to give off an even sportier look to its interior.
C 43 4MATIC
Another latest addition that received the AMG care package, the C 43 4MATIC carries all the bells and whistles of a luxury sedan with an aggressive appeal. It’s dressed up in the AMG Line exterior, much like the C 300. The headlights carry Multibeam LED on the front and back for greater visual. Its exhaust system also centres the AMG sport edition.
The C 43 4MATIC is the fastest of all three cars introduced as it houses the M276 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6. Its total output sits at 390hp and 520Nm of torque, which gives you a top speed of 250kph. It can also do 0-100 in a mere 4.7 seconds. All this is paired with a nine-speed AMG Speedshift TCT 9G automatic transmission.
On the interior, the C 43 4MATIC has the same 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display like the other C-Class variants. However, the main difference for the C 43 4MATIC is its display style choices, which feature “Classic”, “Sport”, and “Supersport” to fit its AMG-specific layouts. The central media display will have its own 10.25-inch display with a COMAND Online System in place as well as a Burmester sound system to boot.
All three cars are now available at Mercedes-Benz showrooms nationwide with the starting prices at RM259,888 for the C 200 Avantgarde Line, RM304,888 for the C 300 AMG Line, and RM421,888 for the C 43 4MATIC.