At long last, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has finally introduced the W205 C-Class CKD to take the place of its CBU counterpart that was launched in September last year. The locally assembled compact executive sedan will soldier on in two existing trim levels – C 200 Avantgarde and C 250 Exclusive.
Now, because they’re both produced here in their Pekan plant in Pahang, both cars shave of a good RM15,000 off the original price tag which the CBU units carried.
|Name||Mercedes-Benz C200 Avantgarde||Mercedes-Benz C250 Exclusive|
|Engine||1,991cc 4-cylinder, turbocharged||1,991cc 4-cylinder, turbocharged|
|Transmission||7G-Tronic Plus Automatic||7G-Tronic Plus Automatic|
|Max Power||184 hp @ 5,500 rpm||211 hp @ 5,500 rpm|
|Max Torque||300 Nm @ 1,200 – 4,000 rpm||350 Nm @ 1,200 – 4,000 rpm|
|Price (OTR without insurance)||RM269,888.00||RM299,888.00|
You may think RM15,000 isn’t a lot to begin with, but as we’ve told you before, this baby S-Class may be a lot of things, but overpriced and an ‘uncle-car’ it is not. All things considered, the C-Class is by far the most well equipped (and well built) car of its class and price range. Add that to the fact that both the CKD C-Classes bear exactly the same equipment levels as before.
What’s missing this time around is the C 250 with AMG Line which was previously sold at RM340k. If this particular variant joins the lineup in the near future, then it’s safe to say that it will also very likely get the same RM16k cut. For now, you have the aforementioned variants to choose from and in two states of tunes.
Both the C 200 and C 250 come fitted with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, but the former is tuned to make 184 hp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1,200 to 4,000 revolutions, while the latter’s four-banger makes a punchier 211 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at the same rev band. Both variants share the same 7G-Tronic Plus automatic gearbox driving the rear wheels.
We’ve got more numbers lined up for those who cannot get enough; the C 200 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds, whereas the C 250 gets it done in 6.6 seconds. Top speed is rated at 235 km/h and 250 km/h respectively, while both sip just 5.3 litres of fuel per 100 km. Fun with the new C-Class can be spelled in three words – five driving modes. There’s Eco, Sport, Sport +, Comfort and Individual.
Again, the CKD C-Class mirrors the CBU’s spec sheet, which means it gets seven airbags (including driver’s knee airbag), Collision Prevention Assist, Active Parking Assist and a raft of other safety features usually in the form of three-lettered acronyms. Hint: ABS, EBD, etc.
Pricing for the new C-Classes are RM269,888 for the C 200 Avantgarde and RM299,888 for the C 250 Exclusive. RM30k sets them apart, but each will appeal to its own pool of buyers. Prices are OTR with GST but excludes insurance. Mercedes is urging those interested to get up close and personal with the C-Class through their Dealer Openhaus programme nationwide at these locations:
|25 & 26 April 2015||2 & 3 May 2015||9 & 10 May 2015||16 & 17 May 2015|
|Cycle & Carriage Bintang Berhad (Mutiara Damansara)Cycle & Carriage Bintang Berhad (Petaling Jaya)Hap Seng Star Sdn Bhd
(Kuala Lumpur)NZ Wheels Sdn Bhd (Klang)
|MBSA Automotive Malaysia Sdn. Bhd (Malacca)||Asbenz Motors Sdn Bhd (Kedah)Hap Seng Star Sdn Bhd (Balakong)Lowe Motors Sdn Bhd (Juru Autoworld)NZ Wheels Sdn Bhd (Bangsar)||BR Jaya Sdn Bhd (Batu Pahat)Cycle & Carriage Bintang Berhad (Johor Bahru)Cycle & Carriage Bintang Berhad (Tun Razak)NZ Wheels Sdn Bhd (Johor Bahru)|
|23 & 24 May 2015||30 & 31 May 2015||6 & 7 June 2015|
|Cycle & Carriage Bintang Berhad (Glenmarie)Mofaz Exotic Car Sdn Bhd (Kota Bahru)Mofaz Exotic Car Sdn Bhd (Kuala Terengganu)NZ Wheels Sdn Bhd (Kuantan)||Hap Seng Star Sdn Bhd (Jalan Ipoh)Hap Seng Star Sdn Bhd (Kinrara)Ipoh Motors Sdn Bhd (Ipoh)Minsoon Credit Corp (M) Sdn Bhd (Seremban)||Hap Seng Star Sdn Bhd (Kota Kinabalu)Hap Seng Star Sdn Bhd (Kuching)|