Mercedes-Benz C300e PHEV showcased in Malaysia

Today’s official introduction of the Mercedes-Benz S 560 e plug-in hybrid and the ASEAN premiere of the all-electric EQC also saw Mercedes-Benz Malaysia displaying the W205 C 300 e as a technology showcase.

The PHEV was just introduced in Thailand, but isn’t going on sale in Malaysia anytime soon, and MBM says there are currently no plans to introduce the model here, so this isn’t actually considered a preview.

Shame about that, because it’s quite a jump from the pre-facelift C 350 e from a performance point of view. The C 300 e’s hybrid powertrain combines the workings of a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which offers 208 hp (or 211 PS) at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm from 1,200 to 1,400 rpm, and a 121 hp (or 122 PS) electric motor.

Working with a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission, the system provides a maximum combined output of 315 hp (or 320 PS) from 4,500 to 5,500 rpm and 700 Nm. This is higher than the 275 hp (or 279 PS) and 600 Nm that was available on the C 350 e, the increase in output coming from the electric motor.

Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 5.4 seconds (half a second faster than the old car) and a top speed of 250 km/h.

As with the S 560 e, the C 300 e utilises a new 13.5 kWh lithium-ion battery built by Deutsche Accumotive, the increase in capacity from the 6.2 kWh in the previous iteration coming from 37 Ah lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt (Li-NMC) cells replacing the 22 Ah lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePo) units used previously.

With a water-cooled 7.4 kW on-board charger, charge times are identical to the S 560 e – it takes 1.8 hours to recharge the battery from 10% to 100% SoC (status of charge) with a Mercedes Wallbox at full power and around six hours with a conventional domestic power socket. Through a typical 3.7 kWh public charging outlet, it will take just under four hours.

The C 300 e tech showcase example is fitted with an AMG Line exterior an 19-inch AMG five-twin-spoke alloy wheels. Specification for the particular car includes Multibeam LED headlamps, a panoramic sliding sunroof, leather upholstery and open-pore black ash wood trim for the interior.

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