Mercedes-Benz Australia has bolstered the C-Class line-up with a new plug-in hybrid sedan model, a limited-run Sport Edition, and a more powerful engine for the entry-level C200.
Kicking off proceedings is the C300e PHEV, which arrives Down Under priced from $79,200 before on-road costs.
Available solely with the sedan body style, the plug-in hybrid C-Class teams a 155kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with a 90kW/400Nm electric motor, making for system outputs of 235kW and a whopping 700Nm.
The 'EQ Power' C-Class claims a 0-100 dash of just 5.4 seconds, while being capable of travelling up to 52 kilometres on electric power alone using its 13.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which can be charged in seven hours via a conventional domestic socket, or two hours using the optional Mercedes-Benz Wallbox Home.
Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a hybrid-specific version of the company's familiar nine-speed automatic, with fuel used rated at 2.4L/100km on the combined cycle.
Model-specific equipment highlights include the ability to pre-climatise the cabin remotely using the electric refrigerant compressor and high-voltage heater booster hooked up to the onboard electrical system, while models specified with the Comand infotainment system can use navigation data in conjunction with camera and radar sensors to adjust routes to optimise electric energy usage and recuperation.
The C300e also comes fitted with Air Body control air suspension, Driver Assistance Package, leather upholstery, and Keyless Go with handsfree bootlid operation as standard.
Further to the addition of the C300e, Mercedes-Benz has upgraded entry-level C200 models with a more powerful petrol engine – now putting out 150kW and 300Nm, up 15kW and 20Nm compared to the mild-hybrid powertrain originally launched with the facelifted range.
With the new engine, the C200 now accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 7.1 seconds (0.6 seconds quicker than before), while fuel economy is rated at 7.0L/100km, up 0.6L/100km.
All C-Class models now come with Live Traffic Information integrated into the standard satellite navigation system, which "can alert the driver in real time to traffic congestion or hazards on a selected route and suggest quicker alternatives".
Finally, a value-focused C200 Sport Edition (pictured top) joins the range available in sedan, wagon and coupe body styles for a limited time.
Priced from $69,900 drive-away for the sedan, the Sport Edition gains Distronic adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, panoramic sunroof, heated front seats with memory function. adaptive high-beam assist (sedan only, standard on coupe), rear privacy glass, 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, and AMG Line exterior package (standard on coupe).
The Sport Edition package is priced at $7700 for sedan and wagon models and $7200 for the coupe, though sedan and coupe versions are being advertised with drive-away pricing for further savings, at $69,900 and $74,900 drive-away respectively.
Mercedes-Benz Australia says the C300e and C200 Sport Edition models are available to order now, with deliveries commencing "later in the year". Other variants are on sale now.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class pricing
- C200 - $64,500
- C200 Sport Edition - $69,900 drive-away
- C220d - $66,000
- C300 - $72,700
- C300e - $79,200
- AMG C43 - $109,741
- AMG C63 S - $162,542
- C200 - $66,923
- C200 Sport Edition - $74,623
- C220d - $68,700
- C300 - $75,142
- AMG C43 - $112,242
- AMG C63 S - $165,142
- C200 - $69,200
- C200 Sport Edition - $74,900 drive-away
- C300 - $86,800
- AMG C43 - $113,841
- AMG C63 S - $167,642
- C200 - $89,842
- C300 - $103,742
- AMG C43 - $127,041
- AMG C63 S - $185,941
All prices exclude on-road costs unless specified