W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift now in Malaysia – C200 Avantgarde, C300 AMG Line, from RM260k

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has officially introduced the W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift in the country. Spied here recently, the refreshed compact executive sedan – which made its debut in Geneva earlier this year – arrives here in two variant forms, the C 200 Avantgarde and the C 300 AMG Line, both locally-assembled from the get-go. The facelifted Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic was also launched at the same time today.

The exterior revisions are subtle – at the front, changes include new bumper designs available for different equipment lines, and the C 200 gets a twin-louvre grille while the AMG Line trim adds on a diamond pin grille on the C 300. Elsewhere, the headlamps now get new internals, and Multibeam LED with 84 diodes and Ultra Range high-beam find their way on to higher-spec’d models.

As for the rear, the rear LED tail lamps retain their shape but get new C-shaped light guides, and the bumper now has a new lower section, with the geometry, trim and exhaust finishers varying dependent on the equipment level. Completing the exterior update are new wheel designs.

Though the layout remains familiar ground, the interior also gets freshened up, the obvious changes being a new steering wheel, a 12.3-inch, 1,920 x 720 pixel-resolution fully digital instrument display which offers three displays styles (Classic, Sport and Progressive) to choose from. The central display also gets a larger 10.25-inch size screen, which the local cars are equipped with.

A new M264 engine makes its way on to the car, and both displacement capacities available for the unit find their way here. The C 200 gets the 1.5 litre twin-scroll turbo unit, which offers 181 hp (184 PS) at 5,800 to 6,100 rpm and 280 Nm of torque at 3,000 to 4,000 rpm.

The 1.5 litre unit features an EQ Boost 48-volt electrical system incorporating a belt-driven starter/alternator, which is able to support the engine with 13 hp (10 kW) and 160 Nm of boost when needed, and performance figures for the variant include a 0-100 km/h time of 7.7 seconds and a 239 km/h top speed.

The C 300 comes with the M264 in its 2.0 litre form, the twin-scroll turbocharged mill offering a slight increase in power output compared to before, with a peak 255 hp (258 PS) available at the same rpm as that on the 1.5 litre engine, making for a 14 hp increase from the 241 hp (245 PS) available from the previous M274 mill.

Maximum torque remains unchanged at 370 Nm, but is now available from 1,800 rpm compared to the 1,300 rpm it was previously, with peak remaining at 4,000 rpm. As expected, the variant is faster, making the run from standstill to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and maxing out at 250 km/h.

Both C 200 and C 300 variants are equipped with a 9G-Tronic nine-speed transmission, which is new to the C 300 in its facelifted form, the pre-facelift never featuring it. Also new to the C 300 in its facelifted form is the inclusion of the automaker’s Airmatic suspension.

Equipment-wise, the C 200 comes dressed with an Avantgarde exterior, with the central trim element of the front bumper finished in high-sheen chrome and the air inlets mesh in grained black, and the car rides on 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels and 225/45 front and 245/40 rear profile tyres.

Standard equipment on the variant – which in Avantgarde guise features Artico leather upholstery and new open-pore grey oak wood trim – includes LED High Performance headlamps, an Agility Control suspension, Keyless Go, an Audio 20 GPS infotainment system as well as smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.

New items also make their way on to the driver-assistance components list. Aside from active parking assist, reverse camera and Speedtronic cruise control, the C 200 Avantgarde adds on Blind Spot Assist, which operates from around 10 km/h up to 200 km/h.

As for the C 300, the variant features an AMG Line exterior and interior, complete with black open pore ash wood trim. Three interior colours (black, brown and red) are available for the car, which rides on 19-inch five twin-spoke AMG wheels and 225/40 front and 255/35 profile tyres.

The higher specification model adds on Multibeam LED with Ultra Range headlamps, a Burmester sound system to the Audio 20 GPS system and an AMG sports steering wheel in nappa leather.

There’s also an electronic panoramic sunroof, a surround view camera as well as Active Lane Keeping Assist, which warns the driver via pulsed vibrations at the steering wheel when the vehicle is unintentionally drifting out of its lane at speeds between 60 and 200 km/h, and can pull the vehicle back into lane by applying the brakes on one side.

Other safety kit includes seven airbags, active brake assist and autonomous emergency braking as standard on both models.

The Mercedes-Benz C 200 Avantgarde is priced at RM259,888, while the C 300 AMG Line goes for RM304,888, both on-the-road without insurance. That’s a slight increase of RM4k over the corresponding pre-facelift examples (the C 200 AMG Line and C 350 e AMG Line plug-in hybrid) at the point prior to the removal of GST.

As usual, MBM has financing options available for the facelifted C-Class – its Flex-C financing offers a variety of packages, and starts from RM2,688 (based on a three-year tenure and downpayment of 22% for the C 200 Avantgarde). Until December 31, all Flex-C financing contracts will include a complimentary first year tyre and rim insurance package.

You can compare the specifications of the Mercedes-Benz C 200 Avantgarde and C 300 AMG Line variants at CarBase.my.

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