2022 W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes ASEAN debut in Singapore with 1.5 mild-hybrid, from RM 795k

CY Foong · Jan 20, 2022 12:00 PM

2022 W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes ASEAN debut in Singapore with 1.5 mild-hybrid, from RM 795k 01

While Malaysians await the all-new “baby S-Class” to make its local debut, across the Causeway, the all-new 2022 W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has just been launched in Singapore. For the first time ever in the city island nation, the C-Class range is fully electrified with mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid options only offered.

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  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz C 250 AMG 2.0

    RM 165,000
    RM 1,827
    /month

    64,154 km

    7 years

    Petaling Jaya

  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz C 200 (CKD) 2.0

    RM 154,800
    RM 1,624
    /month

    44,163 km

    6.5 years

    Kuala Lumpur

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz C 200 1.8

    RM 78,900
    RM 828
    /month

    64,907 km

    9.5 years

    Kuala Lumpur

Though 5 variants of the C-Class are announced, Mercedes-Benz Singapore has only revealed prices for two variants:

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  • C180 AMG Line – SGD 255,888 (~RM 795k)
  • C200 Avantgarde – SGD 279,888 (~RM 870k)

The other 3 variants – C180 Avantgarde, C200 AMG Line, and C300e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) – will have their prices announced later.

2022 W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes ASEAN debut in Singapore with 1.5 mild-hybrid, from RM 795k 01

Despite being perceived as a smaller S-Class, the W206 is a lot sportier in terms of looks. Yes, it might share the slim horizontal taillamps of the flagship saloon but there are some distinctive features that won’t confuse Joe/Jane Regular.

Also read: Old vs New: 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W206), like the new design better?

2022 W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes ASEAN debut in Singapore with 1.5 mild-hybrid, from RM 795k 02

360-degree camera part of a SGD 9,100 (~RM 28k) option on the SG-spec C180

Chief of the distinctive aesthetic is the front grille, especially on the AMG Line which features 200 unique three-pointed star pins across it.

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The Avantgarde loses out that unique design and instead goes for a more traditional vertical slats approach which at least doesn’t make the W206 cheap.

Also read: Ratings: W205 Mercedes-Benz C200 AMG Line in Malaysia - Rocks your body, but in the wrong way

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Speaking of cheap, one of the biggest concerns of getting the lower variants of the C-Class in previous generations is that you feel like you’re missing out on some features. At least in the Singaporean W206, the features are quite generous.

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Standard across the range is an 11.9-inch vertically-oriented touchscreen infotainment powered by the latest MBUX 2.0, a 12.3-inch driver’s display, standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as ambient lighting.

Also read: The W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class’ giant touchscreen is a bad sign of things to come

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Both the C180 and C200 are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre mild hybrid unit paired to an integrated starter generator (ISG). The difference between the two variants is the power output from the M254 unit – 170 PS/250 Nm on the C180 and 204 PS/300 Nm on the C200.

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EU-spec shown

Meanwhile, the upcoming C300e sees the 48V ISG replaced with a more powerful 129 PS/440 Nm electric motor. Power output on the engine is also boosted to 313 PS/550 Nm but the PHEV has a range of up to 100 km on electric mode alone.

Besides having a more powerful engine, the C200 also comes with rear-wheel steering, the same technology seen on the 35-year-old Honda Prelude W223 S-Class that costs nearly twice as much, in Singapore.

Also read: 2021 W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class showcases rear-wheel steering

The rear steering can turn up to 2.5 degrees which can help reduce the turning radius and enhance handling stability at high speeds.

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On the safety front, the SG-spec W206 comes with the Driving Assistance Package which includes:

  • Active Distance Assist Distronic
  • Active Speed Limit Assist
  • Active Stop-and-Go Assist
  • Active Steering Assist
  • Active Lane Changing Assist
  • Active Blind Spot Assist
  • Pre-Safe Plus

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With the all-new C-Class making its arrival in Singapore, does that mean Malaysia could get soon? Well, it is likely that we could see the C-Class coming here in due time but there is a chance that some features like rear-steering could not be offered here. It’s even absent on the flagship local-spec S-Class.

Also read: All-new (W223) 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class launched in Malaysia; PHEV only, 510 PS/750 Nm

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Granted, prices for the MY-spec W206 would creep close to the RM 300k mark. Just like previous generations of the C-Class, and as a matter of fact, most Mercedes-Benz models, imported (CBU) units will arrive first, followed by locally-assembled (CKD) units.

Also read: W206 Mercedes C200 to hit RM 300k price tag in Malaysia

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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