October saw the launch of Stuttgart’s answer to the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid, the Mercedes-Benz C 350 e – the petrol-electric version assumes the role of the flagship of the local C-Class sedan range, replacing the C 300. We’re providing a detailed gallery at the new car so that you can take a closer look.
To recap, there are three variants to choose from, with prices starting at RM289,888 for the Avantgarde, RM294,888 for the Avantgarde with an AMG Line interior (as you see here) and RM299,888 for the full AMG Line model. All prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
Outside, the C 350 e is differentiated from its petrol-powered siblings through blue highlights around the LED Intelligent Light System headlight projectors, as well as blue front brake callipers and blue “Plug-in Hybrid” badging on the front fenders. As standard, the car rides on 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels; this one gets AMG multi-spoke alloys. The AMG Line model gets the same wheels, but adds the sportier AMG Line exterior kit.
Inside, the only identifiers that this is a plug-in hybrid are C 350 e-specific screens on the COMAND centre display and the instrument cluster’s multi-info display; other than that, it’s the standard-fare C-Class interior. Standard features on the Avantgarde include keyless entry, push-button start, a sunroof, Thermotronic three-zone automatic climate control, a reverse camera and a 13-speaker, 590 W Burmester sound system.
The AMG Line interior variant gains an AMG flat-bottomed steering wheel and metallic highlights, and bumps up the kit count with a panoramic sunroof, open-pore black ash wood trim and a 360-degree surround view camera. It also swaps out the Audio 20 infotainment system and 7.0-inch screen with the COMAND Online system and an 8.4-inch display. The full AMG Line model throws in an Artico faux leather-wrapped dash.
Power comes from the ubiquitous M270 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that develops 208 hp and 350 Nm of torque – the same outputs as the C 250. Sandwiched between it and the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission is an 80 hp/340 Nm electric motor, resulting in a total system output of 279 hp and a whopping 600 Nm.
As a result, the C 350 e is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, as well as delivering a combined fuel consumption figure of just 2.1 litres per 100 km on the European NEDC cycle and carbon dioxide emissions of only 49 grams per kilometre. All-electric range is 31 km, and the car can travel in this mode at speeds of up to 130 km/h.
Juicing the electric motor is a 6.38 kWh lithium-ion battery that sits under the boot floor, resulting in a stepped luggage bay and reduced space from 475 litres to 335 litres. Charging time is around one hour and 45 minutes via the RM7,500 wallbox, or two and a half hours through the standard household 230 V outlet; the charging port is located under the right tail light.
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.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Avantgarde (with AMG Line interior)
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Avantgarde