In Malaysia, the current W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is offered in a choice of three locally-assembled variants – C 200 Avantgarde, C 200 Exclusive and C 250 AMG Line (not counting the AMG C 63 S). However, that line-up could soon expand to include two additional variants, which are the C 180 and C 300 AMG Line.
During the unveiling of the upgraded Cycle & Bintang Carriage Petaling Jaya Autohaus, paultan.org had an exclusive interview with Mark Raine, vice president, Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, to discuss the matter further.
When asked on the possibility of a base variant C 180 being added to the C-Class line-up, Raine said, “we have been looking at the market, and what products are valid for the Malaysian market, and we will be looking at expanding our range, which is locally produced, and part of that can be the C 180.”
On the C 300, which would occupy the other (higher) end of the C-Class spectrum, he said, “also at the end, we’re looking. Why? Because we want to give, let’s say the high-end users in the C-Class segment, another variant.”
With the new variants being added to the line-up, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will have a wider C-Class range to compete against the BMW 3 Series. BMW Malaysia currently offers the 3er in five variants – 318i Luxury, 320i Sport, 320i M Sport, 330i M Sport and 320d M Sport.
As a brief recap, the C 180 packs a 1.6 litre turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder petrol with 156 hp and 250 Nm, paired to a seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus auto driving the rear wheels. The model slots below the C 200, which has a larger capacity 2.0 litre twin-scroll turbo four-pot developing 184 hp/300 Nm. The new variant would be targeted at the BMW 318i Luxury (136 hp/220 Nm)
The C 300 meanwhile receives an uprated version of the C 200 and C 250’s turbocharged 2.0 litre mill, now with 241 hp and 370 Nm on tap. That’s enough to take the fight against the BMW 330i M Sport (252 hp/350 Nm). The engine is also mated to a seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus auto with drive sent to the rear wheels.
For now, no details were given during our brief chat on the exact specifications of either C-Class variants. Nonetheless, with the prospect of a new entry-level C-Class and a top-of-the-range variant (C 300) expected to hit the Malaysian market, which is most attractive?