The best of all worlds: The new C-Class Plug-in Hybrid

by Kenny Yeoh

Kuala Lumpur. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today introduces the latest variant of the best-selling C-Class: the Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Plug-in Hybrid. Proudly assembled at the production plant in Pekan, the C 350 e Plug-in Hybrid seamlessly combines electric power with traditional fuel for enhanced efficiency.

Amanda Zhang, CEO & President, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia said, “The Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Plug-in Hybrid embodies a fusion of agility and performance, accentuated by its sporty AMG appearance. As a plug-in hybrid variant with up to 117 km (WLTP) in all-electric range, the C 350 e serves as a bridge towards an all-electric future and will pave the way for other plug-in hybrid models to come. This vehicle offers our customers the flexibility of covering everyday routes for the most part in all-electric mode without using the combustion engine. Backed by a 6-year/100,000 km high-voltage battery warranty, we deliver cutting-edge innovation and lasting assurance to our esteemed customers.”

Plug-in hybrid with an electric range of up to 117 kilometres (WLTP)

The Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Plug-in Hybrid perfectly integrates performance, efficiency, and sustainability with its advanced powertrain specifications. The 1,999 cc engine powers this innovative vehicle, delivering a rated output of 150 kW (204 hp) at 6,100 rpm, paired with a robust torque of 320 Nm spanning from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm. This four-cylinder petrol engine ensures a dynamic driving experience.

Augmenting the combustion engine is an electric motor with a rated output of 95 kW and a torque of 440 Nm, contributing to a harmonious blend of power sources. This integration results in an impressive max. rated power system output of 230 kW (313 hp) and a peak torque of 550 Nm at the rated power system output, ensuring a compelling performance. Notably, the C 350 e boasts an electric range of up to 117 km (WLTP), affirming its commitment to sustainable mobility.

The vehicle’s high-voltage (HV) battery, with an energy content of 25.4 kWh provides substantial electric range for a variety of journeys. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is achieved in just 6.1 seconds, showcasing the agility and responsiveness of the C 350 e, while a top speed of 245 km/h adds versatility to its capabilities. Meticulously engineered and thoughtfully designed, the Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Plug-in Hybrid stands as a testament to modern automotive technology, offering a harmonious balance between performance, efficiency, and an impressive electric driving range.

The high-voltage (HV) battery has been developed in-house by Mercedes-Benz AG. It is part of a fourth-generation family of batteries and represents a logical evolution of the previous generation. It consists of 96 cells in a so-called pouch configuration. To account for the high energy density, the HV battery has an internal cooling system. The thermal management system can therefore control the operating temperature irrespective of the climate control in the vehicle interior. A standard-fit 11 kW charger is available for three-phase charging at a Wallbox connected to the domestic AC mains. Included with the C 350 e is a mode 2 charging cable.

The positioning of the battery in the vehicle brings advantages on a day-to-day basis compared with the previous model: there is no longer a step in the boot, and through-loading is now possible.

Exterior

The new C-Class is even more dynamic, thanks to its AMG Line styling, featuring the iconic Mercedes-Benz pattern grille with the star design in chrome with 18-inch AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels. Night Package includes sporty, expressive design elements in high-gloss black such as the louvre of the radiator shell, trim moulding in the AMG front apron, beltline trim strip and window surround, and exterior mirror housings.


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Other key exterior highlights include DIGITAL LIGHT, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, panoramic sliding sunroof, and ambient lighting with projection of brand logo. The rear-end design is typical of a Mercedes-Benz saloon. The high-quality design of the tail lamps fascinates with an unmistakable day and night appearance.

Interior

The new C-Class features an AMG Line interior with metal structure trim elements, multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather, and AMG floor mats. The ARTICO man-made leather upholstery in black and instrument panel and beltlines in ARTICO man-made leather in nappa look further accentuates the sense of comfort in the cabin.

The high-resolution 12.3-inch LCD screen and 11.9-inch touchscreen central display are slightly tilted towards the driver by six degrees. The vehicle is also equipped with the latest generation of MBUX multimedia system making the interior more digital and intelligent.

Other cabin highlights include sport seats, fingerprint scanner, front wireless charging, ambient lighting and smartphone integration package. With safety in mind, the new C-Class features 360° camera, Blind Spot Assist, Active Brake Assist, and GUARD 360 ° Vehicle protection.

The driving experience: considerably more electric

All in all, the driving experience is significantly more electric. In view of the increase in electric range of up to 117 kilometres (WLTP), drivers will be able to cover most everyday journeys under electric power alone. The energy recovery function allows kinetic energy to be recuperated during deceleration or downhill driving, a process that has now also been improved in interaction with the hydraulic brake. The energy recovery output is now over 100 kW. The intelligent, route-based operating strategy activates the electric driving mode where this is most appropriate for the route. It takes into account such factors as navigation data, topography, speed limits and the traffic conditions for the entire planned route. A driver wishing to influence the energy recovery rate can do so directly in three stages controlled by rocker switches behind the steering wheel. This is possible in all driving modes except SPORT. In the driving mode D-, for example, the driver can experience the “one-pedal feeling”: When the driver takes his foot off the accelerator the vehicle slows down, purely by electric means, to such an extent that the hydraulic foot brake is often not needed.

The operating strategy communicates with the sensors of the assistance systems and thus efficiently supports the driver in many driving situations. Over longer distances in urban areas, for instance, the car will prioritise electric driving. With the BATTERY HOLD driving mode, maintaining the charge state of the high-voltage battery is given priority, for example when intending to drive in a city center; selection of the most suitable drive configuration by the hybrid powertrain system, depending on the driving situation and route.

The new C-Class has a haptic accelerator pedal module with a pressure point at an accelerator pedal angle of 9.7°. In ELECTRIC mode, this power surge is activated and allows all-electric vehicle operation up to the additional pressure point. If the pressure point is overridden, the combustion engine starts and delivers additional torque.


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The Mercedes-Benz C 350 e is priced at MYR 338,888 (including 10% ST) for Peninsular Malaysia, inclusive of a 6-year / 100,000km high-voltage battery warranty (whichever comes first). Price is on the road, without insurance. For more information, visit our website at www.mercedes-benz.com.my/C-Class. 

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class at a glance:

 

ModelMercedes-Benz C 350 e
Displacement (cc)1,999
Rated Output (kW[hp]/rpm)150 [204]/6,100
Rated Torque (Nm/rpm)320/2,000 – 4,000
Rated Output for Electric Motor (kW)95
Rated Torque for Electric Motor (Nm)440
Max. rated power system output (kW/hp)230/313
Max. torque at rated power system output (Nm)550
HV battery – energy content installed (kWh)25.4
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (sec)6.1
Top speed (km/h)245
Kerb weight/payload (kg)2,105/510
Fuel consumption, combined (l/100km)7.7
Combined CO₂ emissions (g/km)17 – 12
Retail Price (for Peninsular Malaysia)RM 338,888.00

*On the road without Insurance. With 10% Sales Tax.

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