2022 W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class now in Malaysia – C200 Avantgarde, RM288k; C300 AMG Line, RM330k

2022 W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class now in Malaysia – C200 Avantgarde, RM288k; C300 AMG Line, RM330k

Sighted earlier this month, the wraps have finally come off the 2022 W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with the fifth-gen executive sedan making its official Malaysian debut today, exactly a year after its world premiere. As previously indicated, the car goes on sale here in two variant forms, as a C 200 Avantgarde and a C 300 AMG Line, similar to the route taken with the W205 C-Class facelift. Both the C-Class models are CBU fully-imported units, but will make the transition to local assembly in the second half of the year.

Sitting on the automaker’s second-generation MRA 2 platform, the W206 measures in at 4,751 mm long, 1,820 mm wide and 1,438 mm tall, making it 65 mm longer, 10 mm wider and nine mm lower than the W205. Its 2,865 mm wheelbase is also 25 mm longer than that of the old car.

Styling-wise, the lines follow the design theme taken with the W223 S-Class, albeit in scaled down proportions, with the slim headlamps and rakish tail lights mimicking that found on the flagship. Identification of the model line is a simple proposition with the new car, given the structured approach to the front ends available for it.

2022 W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class now in Malaysia – C200 Avantgarde, RM288k; C300 AMG Line, RM330k

There are three in all, with the base model getting a vertical louvre grille. The Avantgarde also gets the same grille layout, but extends on this with additional decoration in the louvres and by having elements of the grille and front apron surrounds dressed in chrome. As for the AMG Line, it gets a new diamond grille, with its pin design featuring a three-pointed star pattern finished in chrome.

Line-specific trim in the rear bumper also help to identify the different models, as do the wheels in the case of the local models – the C 200 Avantgarde rides on 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, which are specified with run-flat tyres.

As for the C 300 AMG Line, it gets 19-inch AMG multi-spoke units. However, its tyres aren’t run-flats, as denoted by the Tirefit tyre repair kit that is part of its specification – we understand that the AMG Line doesn’t ship with run-flats anymore, and besides, ride comfort is another good reason for going with standard rubbers on 19s. The variant comes specified with larger diameter front brake discs.

Interestingly, both the C 200 and C 300 are fitted with the same headlights, which are the LED High Performance units that ship as standard with the car, as well as adaptive highbeam assist. On the W205, the higher range model had Multibeam LED units, so it’s a surprise to not find the Digital Light LED system (from the S-Class) on the C 300.

As for powertrains, the C 200 has, as predicted, reverted to a 1.5 litre engine configuration, as was the case when the W205 C 200 facelift was introduced here in 2018. However, the 181 hp and 280 Nm M264 four-cylinder turbo – which featured a 48-volt electrical system and a belt-driven starter-generator – was replaced by a 2.0 litre mill in 2020, at which point it also became an AMG Line version.

The unit on the W206 isn’t the same – it’s the new M254 variant, which replaces the M264. Among other things, the redesigned unit features upgrades to the 48V system, replacing the belt driven starter-generator with a new integrated starter generator setup, with the system now placed between the engine and the gearbox.

Previously, the old system was able to support the engine with 13 hp (10 kW) and 160 Nm of boost when needed, but on the new engine the ISG hikes the assist to 20 hp (15 kW) and 200 Nm. On the C 200, the new 1.5 litre engine offers 201 hp (or 204 PS) at 5,800 to 6,100 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,800 to 4,000 rpm, similar numbers to the 2.0 litre unit that replaced its predecessor.

The C 300 also makes the shift away from the M264, and now features the M254 mill in its 2.0 litre guise. Power output remains the same, with 255 hp (or 258 PS) on tap, but torque has been bumped up to 400 Nm (2,000 to 3,200 rpm) from the 370 Nm available previously. Both engines are paired with the familiar 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission, which made its way on to the C-Class with the W205 facelift.

Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 7.3 seconds and a 246 km/h top speed for the C 200, while the C 300 brings the 0-100 km/h time down to six seconds and gets to a higher 250 km/h maximum speed.

Inside, the new car obtains some gains in space for occupants, with 35 mm more knee room and an additional 13 mm headroom in the rear, and there’s more elbow-room as well, to the tune of 22 mm in front and 15 mm at the back, compared to the W205. As for the volume capacity of the boot, it’s the same as the old car, at 455 litres.

Design highlights include a dashboard that is divided into an upper and a lower section and newly-designed air-conditioning vents, reminiscent of aircraft engine nacelles, as well as digital displays. Aside from a 12.3-inch free-standing instrumentation panel screen, both variants feature a visually dominating 11.9-inch portrait-oriented central touchscreen display. The unit, which is just an inch smaller than the one on the S-Class, is very much the centrepiece of the cabin.

Both the instrument and media display can be individualised with three display styles (Discreet, Sporty, Classic) and three modes (Navigation, Assistance, Service). In addition, both screens can be shown in seven colour schemes, in line with the ambient lighting available for the car.

The C-Class is also specified with a Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support) as well as MBUX Navigation Premium and an LTE communications module for Mercedes me connect services. No Burmester audio system to be found anywhere though, which is a bit of a shame.

In terms of interior upholstery colours, buyers of the CBU units get a choice of three schemes to pick from, and these are black, brown and a brown/black mix. Both cars come with an Artico faux leather covered dashboard and nappa-look beltlines, while variant specific trim on the Malaysian cars consists of silver grey diamond-pattern accents and a silver grey criss-cross pattern centre console for the C 200, and metal weave trim inlays and a mixed texture metal effect veneer for the centre console on the C 300.

There are of course specification differences between the variants – the C 200 gets comfort front seats, while the C 300 is equipped with sports seats. Also, aside from being differently styled (similar to that on the E-Class), the multi-function three-spoke sports steering wheel on the C 200 is dressed in leather, while the C 300’s is finished in Nappa. Elsewhere, the C 300 adds on AMG floor mats.

2022 W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class now in Malaysia – C200 Avantgarde, RM288k; C300 AMG Line, RM330k

Standard equipment include powered front seats, Keyless-Go and start, Thermatic automatic climate control, wireless charging in the front section of the cabin, rain sensing wipers, illuminated side sill panels, rear window roll-up sunblinds and remote boot closing. Also common to both models is the suspension configuration, which is an Agility Control system with selective damping and Dynamic Select.

Safety and driving assistance kit includes seven airbags, active lane keeping assist, cruise contriol, active blind spot assist, active brake assist, a lane tracking package, a tyre pressure monitoring system and active parking assist with Parktronic. The only variation is with the camera – while the C 300 has a 360-degree camera, the C 200 makes do with just a reverse function for its unit.

Eight exterior colours are available for the CBU C-Class, and these are Spectral Blue, Polar White, High-tech Silver, Obsidian Black, Graphite Grey, Selenite Grey, Cavansite Blue and a Manufaktur shade called Hyacinth Red. Finally, the price. The fully-imported W206 Mercedes-Benz C 200 Avantgarde is priced at RM288,334 while the C 300 AMG Line goes for RM330,681, both on-the-road without insurance.

Compare the specifications of both C-Class variants on CarBase.my.

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  • 3 Series is better than C Class

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    • Ajibkor on Feb 25, 2022 at 9:12 pm

      This Merc is a money pit.
      I prefer buy birkin handbags for my wife.

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    • Don’t buy any ckd mercedes models include ckd c class

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    • You will regret if you buy any ckd mercedes models include ckd c class

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  • Mercedes now following smaller brother Volvo Cars to use portrait HU screen.

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  • Screen look like iPad

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  • digidigi on Feb 25, 2022 at 11:08 am

    288k for a three pot engine?

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  • seancorr (Member) on Feb 25, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Noice, pricing is not bad tbh for a CBU unit. Too bad about the downgraded headlights in the C300 which I think will be upgraded when CKD kicks in….I hope. Safety systems have also been given a bump up in kit even on the C200 so all’s good. What’s not so good is the standard suspension on both models. Imho the C300 should have a better sussy setup.

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    • That aside, there’s also the lacking of a premium audio system and the rear aircond digital climate control (that’s in the EU models) which now looks a tad cheapo with an empty gap. Yet to spot other differences.

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Feb 25, 2022 at 12:13 pm


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  • Price is UP UP UP crazy!

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    • Lets See on Feb 25, 2022 at 2:34 pm

      Cannot afford now, just wait for the CKD version to come.

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    • Malaysian on Feb 25, 2022 at 4:53 pm

      The price is higher because it’s a CBU unit… I believe you’re comparing it with the CKD units.

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  • BMW 330i or Volvo S60 is much better choice!

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  • Nice….

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  • Therealmaserati2022 on Feb 25, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Somehow this C class is ugly inside and outside. The 330i looks so much nicer.

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  • Nice. When is CKD coming?

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  • autodriver (Member) on Feb 25, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Sometimes the product is not sellable but suddenly sales pick up because the greatest rival launched a weak new product. Toyota Vios sales picking up fast recently thanks to Honda launch the weird design new City that push potential customer away. This new C200 with price higher than 320i meanwhile only 1.5T with mild hybrid, BMW need to prepare their 320i sales gonna pick up fast.

    The 320i 2.0T comes with 5 years unlimited mileage warranty bundled with 5 years or 100k km free service plus 17% cheaper price than the new C200 1.5T.

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    • But thats the most powerful 1.5T powertrain i’ve ever seen though. Once the CKD form arrives soon, its definitely a worthy buy

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      • autodriver (Member) on Feb 28, 2022 at 10:55 am

        In Malaysia hybrid (even if is mild hybrid) is a scary topic as the second value is much lower than pure ICE car. As usual the price with CKD will definitely lower compare to CBU but not significant. Take the latest example A200 CBU become CKD, CBU price is RM 230k while CKD is RM 220k (with SST). It is only RM 10k drop. So we can expect the W206 CKD price will be around RM 268k.

        G20 320i with 5 years free service RM 244k is about RM 24k cheaper than the CKD W206 who didnt comes with free services and only 4 year warranty.

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  • Not a huge fan of the new gen looks. The W205 was a lot sleeker and felt classier.

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  • Barisanpas on Feb 25, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Mercedes our favourite carbrand in kelantan,

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  • Choices of exterior colours?

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    • Anthony Lim (Member) on Feb 25, 2022 at 5:09 pm

      There are eight for the CBU versions – they’ve been added into the story.

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  • My Disappointment Is Immeasurable and My Day Is Ruined on Feb 25, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    The C300’s equipment is almost similar to the C200 other than a few addons which makes the C200 look more of a better buy. This is good in a way but quite disappointing for those who want to purchase the C300. Think the CKD model will come with more equipment like the Three zone climate control, Digital Light LED system, air suspension etc?

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  • Wow… cantik…cantik punya A class.

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  • hazri on Feb 25, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    what happen to rear light? same shape like city hatchback? straight line like vios? if rear light redesigned by using GLC rear light as the reference and inspiration, the outcome would be better.

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  • Topgear on Feb 26, 2022 at 9:01 am

    No multibeam headlights?
    No rear aircond control?
    No burmeister speakers?
    No wireless Carplay and Android Auto.

    But price increased? Are you guys nuts? Arteon is faraway better. 330i is not that bad compared to this c 300 shit. (yeah I’m not talking about the c200, not worth my time).

    Brand snobs, do yourself a favor and go and test drive the arteon or wait for the ckd version. Anybody bring up the build quality, gonna smack em right in the middle of the head.

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    • Jiminy Cricket on Apr 11, 2022 at 2:59 pm

      Sorry, German proton is not worth my time. VW ain’t gonna get no respect in the management parking lot boi

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    • No bla bla bla?
      No bla bla bla?
      No bla bla bla?
      No bla bla bla?

      Don’t care about that. What I’m aiming right now is the new C43. Yes I know it’s 2.0T and not the V8. But like I said, don’t care. As long as it’s three pointed star.

      Shut up and take my bitcoin. I mean money.

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  • liPAS on Feb 26, 2022 at 10:34 am

    benji brand is always our members cum devotees dream car

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  • donsamsa on Feb 26, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Sifus, based on previous models, usually how long before MBM launches this in CKD? Thanks

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  • longjaafar on Feb 28, 2022 at 11:34 am

    I wonder how the C300 will stack up against the BMW 330i. As it is, the Merc is at least RM35000 more expensive than the Bimmer.

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  • Dugung X on Aug 24, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Turbo + Hybrid? This is gonna be the worst money pit. 3 series is better.

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