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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has introduced its latest W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class variant, the C 350 e plug-in hybrid, in the country. The locally-assembled car – which was previewed in August – was officially launched today, and arrives in three trim forms.

The range starts with the C 350 e Avantgarde, followed by the Avantgarde (with AMG Line interior), topping out with the AMG Line variant. Pricing starts at RM289,888 for the Avantgarde (as pictured here), with a RM5k jump for each subsequent model – RM294,888 for the Avantgarde (with AMG Line interior) and RM299,888 for the AMG Line variant.

The car is powered by the familiar M274 DE 20 AL 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder mill as seen on the likes of the C 250, and it runs the same output tune as well, making 208 hp and 350 Nm of torque.

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Providing additional power is an 80 hp/340 Nm electric motor sandwiched between the engine and the 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speed automatic transmission, resulting in a total system output of 275 hp (the official communication lists the number as 279, but this is in PS) and 600 Nm.

The high-voltage lithium-ion battery has a total capacity of 6.2 kWh, and is located at the rear of the car. This reduces the boot space from 475 litres in the regular W205 to 335 litres in this one, which is still very usable in terms of volume. The 100 kg water-cooled battery is mounted in a sheet steel housing underneath the rear axle in order to maximise crash safety, driving dynamics and boot space.

Performance numbers include a 0-100 km/h time of just 5.9 seconds, while combined fuel consumption is rated at 2.1 litres per 100 km on the European NEDC cycle. The car has an all-electric range of 31 km, with a maximum speed of 130 km/h in this mode. Carbon dioxide emissions sit at just 48 grammes per kilometre.

The battery be recharged in around one hour and 45 minutes via a wallbox or a 230 volt/16 ampere 3.7 kW single-phase public charge point. If a domestic power socket is utilised, the charge time is around two hours via a 230 volt/13 ampere 3.0 kW single-phase supply. The charging port, a SAE J1772 connector, is located on the right side of the rear bumper.

Standard kit across the range includes an Airmatic air suspension, Thermotronic three-zone automatic climate control with a climate pre-conditioning system; the latter allows a user to programme the climate control to turn on at a preset time, making it possible to set a desired temperature before a journey. Also on, a 590-watt, 13-speaker Burmester surround sound system.

The Avantgarde features a regular sunroof, an Audio 20 system with a 7.0-inch central display screen and 10-spoke 19-inch alloys, while the Avantgarde (with AMG Line interior) and the AMG Line variant ups the sunroof to a panoramic unit and bumps up the infotainment system to a COMAND Online with an 8.4-inch display.

Both upper models also feature a 360-degree Surround View camera and ride on the same 19-inch multi-spoke AMG wheels as seen on the C 300. The AMG Line version has the same equipment count as the mid-level unit, adding on an AMG exterior kit.

A wallbox is available for the car, and is priced at RM7,500, though a domestic plug charging cable is provided as standard. Deliveries of the C 350 e Avantgarde are slated to begin around the end of the month or early November, with the C 350 e AMG Line arriving early next year.

Here are the specifications of the C 350 e:

  • M274 DE 20 AL 2.0 litre direct-injection, turbocharged engine
  • 208 hp and 350 Nm of torque (C 250 power level)
  • 80 hp and 340 Nm electric motor
  • Total system output of 275 hp and 600 Nm
  • 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds
  • 2.1 l/100 km on the NEDC cycle
  • All-electric range of 31 km, up to 130 km/h
  • 6.38 kWh high-voltage water-cooled lithium-ion battery
  • 2.5 hours charging time with 230 V domestic socket
  • 1.75 hours with optional wallbox (RM7,500)
  • 335 litre boot (down from 475 litres in non-hybrid form)
  • Airmatic adjustable air suspension
  • Climate pre-conditioning system
  • 13-speaker, 590 W Burmester sound system
  • Thermotronic three-zone automatic climate control
  • Audio 20 system with 7.0-inch display screen
    Avantgarde (with AMG Line interior) and AMG Line adds on:

  • 360-degree Surround View camera
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 19-inch multi-spoke wheels (as seen on the C 300)
  • Open-pore Black Ash wood interior trim
  • COMAND Online with 8.4-inch display screen

The AMG Line variant adds on an AMG Line exterior kit on top of what’s found on the Avantgarde (with AMG Line interior), along with Artico faux leather seats, dashboard and door cards.

We’ve driven the Mercedes-Benz C 350 e in San Francisco – read the review here. For a complete look at the different specifications of the C 350 e variants, visit CarBase.my.