W205 Mercedes-Benz C180 Avantgarde Line Malaysia  073

Here’s a closer look at the new Mercedes-Benz C 180 Avantgarde and Mercedes-Benz C 300 AMG Line. Both models effectively form the new base and top-range W205 models (sans the AMG C 63) respectively, and are priced at RM228,888 for the C 180 and RM307,888 for the C 300.

The C 180 is priced RM20k less than the previous base variant, the RM248,888 C 200 Avantgarde Line. It features a 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that develops 156 hp and 250 Nm, and goes to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, on to a top speed of 223 km/h (compared to the 194 hp/300 Nm 2.0 litre turbo C 200’s 7.3 seconds and 235 km/h). Like all other locally-assembled C-Class variants, a 7G-Tronic automatic transmission is equipped here.

On the outside, the C 180 gets a new set of 17-inch five-spoke wheels. Elsewhere, it’s as per the C 200 Avantgarde, with LED High Performance headlamps and dual exhaust tips fitted as standard.

Inside, the C 180 misses out on the C 200 Avantgarde’s memory function for the powered seat, reverse camera and ambient lighting. It also gets single-zone air conditioning, unlike the C 200’s dual-zone system.

Apart from these, the new base variant gets the standard Avantgarde Line look — three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, leather seats, chrome trim on the dash and door cards, and piano black trim on the centrepiece. Other key items include an Audio 20 CD infotainment system (with Garmin Map pilot), a touchpad on the centre console, and a seven-inch display screen.

Meanwhile, the C 300 AMG Line is now the range topper, priced RM20k more than the C 250 AMG Line. The new boy is specified very similarly to the existing C 250, but adds a higher-tuned engine, larger 19-inch alloy wheels, a sports exhaust system and a three-zone automatic climate control system.

The 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine makes 245 hp and 370 Nm — 34 hp and 20 Nm more than the C 250 (211 hp/350 Nm). The C 300 goes from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h – notably quicker than the C 250, which performs the feat in 6.6 seconds. The sports exhaust system offers a much throatier engine sound, through an active flap in the system that is activated by selecting Sport+ mode.

Outside, it gets the full AMG Line appointments (sportier bumpers, side skirts), along with LED Intelligent Light System headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist and a panoramic sliding glass sunroof. Inside, an Artico leather-covered dash, open-pore wood trim, COMAND Online infotainment system (with integrated navigation) and an 8.4-inch display screen come standard.

A 13-speaker, 590-watt Burmester surround sound system is also included, along with an Active Parking Assist (also on the C 180) feature, a reverse camera, keyless entry, remote boot lid closing and an Air-Balance perfume package. Compare the entire Malaysian W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class range in detail on CarBase.my.

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