MercedesBenz CClass W204 facelift arrives in Malaysia C200 CGI…

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class W204 arrives in Malaysia – C200 CGI and CGI BlueEfficiency driven

How time fly. It has been four since the third-generation Mercedes-Benz was introduced, and the compact executive car has done very well for with more than a units sold worldwide. The of the mid-life facelift came in last year, a little than halfway through the seven-year life cycle for a like it.

In Malaysia, since in the second half of 2007, than 6,000 examples found owners, not a staggering but impressive nonetheless. The C200 K and that paved the way were by the C200 CGI and C250 CGI. the primary changes being in of powertrain.

Seven months on the facelift’s announcement, the car has arrived on shores. For its introduction here, the retains the similar feel to the pre-facelift version in terms of variants – the locally-assembled C200 CGI and CGI BlueEfficiency roll in, at RM258,888 and respectively, looking to continue the run their predecessors had. quite a fair bit of new in the car, if it isn’t noticeable at first

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The W204 was a dramatic step up in and design compared to the W203, a blitz in how it changed perception of the If the latter was a bit boring and dowdy, the was most certainly not. For the Merc has seen fit not to alter the too much, even if it has made no than 2,000 component to the car, thereby retaining the poise and character.

The front is it’s most noticeable. For there’s a redesigned bumper, has a more expressive and dynamic the front section being closer to the brand’s new design As a central element at the front, the of the radiator grille is more supported by the bumper, and the central air opens out upwards in a V-shape, a visual base unit for the grille.

Meanwhile, pronounced side on the bumper extend from the V-shape at the centre; these – beneath the headlamps – blend the feature lines along the flanks, creating a better with the sides. Lastly, the air inlets in the bumper are positioned low to give the car a more road-hugging

There’s also a new aluminium chosen for its lightweight properties and around the headlamps and radiator in such a manner that it the V-shape of the front section prominently than before. as material also features on the wings and the door modules.

the headlamps have also redesigned, and the new shape creates a dynamic and resolute impression, so says, aiding the rest of the new cast to get the V-shape going The bi-xenons – which now feature the Light System (ILS) as – has some rather subtle cues, including a position with a distinctive C-shape.

As is now the LEDs feature prominently – the section of the headlamp is formed by a broadband LED indicator unit, and on the sits LED daytime running

Not much change in the rear, just the tail lamps and bumper being reworked. For the the light-catching contours and dividing have been modified to the width of the car even more. As for the lights, a continuous covering helps neaten their into the tail end, and the use of again feature prominently, a high recognition factor in the

As before, the radiator grille differentiate the models, the C250 one with a sizeable tristar on it, while the C200 makes do a more civil looking its Merc logo sitting on top of the

Wheels also help the difference – both wear the C250 being a 5-twinspoke (with staggered 225/45 and 245/40 rear rubbers) the C200′s is a 7-twinspoke pattern, in 225/45 series tyres.

Still, the exterior work change things much an overall perspective, at least not to who don’t know what looking at. Aside from the the side profile and rear offer very little to the that this is the facelift. the media drive up to Ipoh week, hardly anyone notice of the car, though on the trip, I did catch one person the car out whilst on the move, and it happened to be a owner, chugging along in his C200 CGI.

Inside there’s no mistaking what this one is. It’s where happening, so much so, what’s slapped on makes the pre-facelift interior look a bit shabby you explore it now. The new dashboard the way, and its more angular that offers a more presentation. Styling-wise, the fascia on that found on the W212

Gone is the central pop-up lid in the model, which hid the COMAND LCD – I always thought it was a bit gimmicky and and the open configuration sitting the stepped extension to the instrument now offers a far more pleasant and not just from a legibility of view.

The trim and choice of have also been improved. If there was one major to pick about the old car’s aside from the aspects of and layout, it would be that felt a bit cheap (not and not truly befitting of the car.

texture to both sight and have taken a big jump – the of the control elements are more detailed and galvanised, the upper section wears a new surface and there’s more decorative to be found on the dash (specifically, the passenger side area), other things.

Some of the are imperceptible, especially if you’re not with that on the old – the rotary control knob’s weighing as you the dial is now heavier and offers a tactile feel, for one. are easier to spot – there’s a new cluster, with its three surrounds dressed in a galvanised featuring an integral colour in conjunction with a completely multi-function 12-button steering

Speaking of the steering wheel, the CGI gets a four-spoke one, with a chromed trim for the controls, while the C250 CGI has a new three-spoke steering wheel, seen in the new CLS. The three-spoker is a to the eye and hand, offering good and fit at its 3-9 contact point area.

The C-Class continues with two Going the Elegance route the C200 bags you dark burr walnut wood as well as an instrument cluster a cream backplate, and there to be a choice of interior colour to be had – the two C200 examples I hopped had different ones, one in black and the cream. The seam outlines are in a contrasting light grey, noticeable on the cream-based interior. the darkened interior of the C250 brushed aluminium trim, a backplate for the cluster and horizontally for its seat rests and backs.

the different routes also different outputs. While variants wear the M271 DEH 1.8 litre, direct injection, engine, the state of output naturally differ. For the C200, is 184 hp at 5,250 rpm and 270 Nm at 1,800-2,500 rpm, the C250 has 204 hp at 5,500 rpm and 310 Nm at 2,000-4,300

Performance specs include a kph time of 7.8 seconds and a 235 kph top speed for the while the C250 is a shade at 7.2 seconds and 240 kph. In essence, the remain unchanged for the makeover.

New is the inclusion of a 7G-Tronic Plus auto transmission to replace the in the pre-facelift, and both versions get it C230, incidentally, featured a With wider gear an improved Sport/Eco shift and greater mechanical damper the improved NAG II FE+ box – with an overall optimised for fuel economy – improved drive feel. In of fuel economy, MB says the facelifted C-Class variants a 13% improvement over their siblings.

Other items on the equipment include new driving assistance from Adaptive Highbeam and Attention Assist to Parking for the Parktronic system, as well as a new generation offering new features as phone book transfer, of SMS messages, wireless music via Bluetooth and a USB interface that is now in the centre armrest.

Besides a Handling Package, the C250 comes with built-in and a COMAND Online multimedia as its name suggests, internet – via your mobile phone – is provided in the C-Class for the first though surfing is limited to when the car is stationary.

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All that out of the it’s time to find out how it all in use, even if a short drive isn’t going to be all too Having jumped into the directly off a long-haul flight in the morning, there was little to that anything had radically performance-wise upon first – the outward bound journey was in a C250, and it felt very like the pre-facelift in its dynamic and character behaviour.

The car felt enough on the highway, pretty what I remembered the previous CGI to be in terms of zip, a bit on the raw side pushed, but efficient nonetheless. The remains lightweight in feel and – it’s fast enough (a bit at speed, even), but there’s of the directness and information coming off it find on a Munich equivalent, and not talking merely about here.

Now, one can argue for most C-Class drivers, is hardly going to be anything fuss about. I do think the new steering wheel is the bee’s though; sure, the grip as meaty as a Veedub’s, but it’s an gem to hold.

Switching on the Sport out on the open road proved to be a affair, in that switching it off came very quickly – going in a straight line is the terrain to try out firming up the suspension. get to that when the car comes in for a complete test session.

In the end, there was only one that offered the chance to a hairpin that the car aced (pardon the term) with mode on. Still, you always get the that prodding the C into isn’t exactly what all about and why you’d buy one in the first

The return journey the next in the C200, proved how much of a this one is – I drove back my driving partner having out earlier in another car. the effects of jet lag still plenty in the drive home – at mixed – turned out to be effortless, and that I out of it no more worse for wear I already was at that stage is to the car’s ability to soak it all up. Of is the seat comfort levels, are high. Granted, Ipoh exactly Mars, but a couple of clicks when you’re feels a bit like it.

If there’s an where performance has improved, it has to be with the seven-speeder, which things out considerably and adds to the C’s refinement levels. In terms of it’s far more rapid the old five-speed box, for sure.

spent a fair amount of in it, the new interior is, simply put, The switchgear feels good to the and the new instrument cluster and LCD screen is easy on the eye. In all, the bag of tricks really does the reworked C a far plusher offering before.

In 2007, when the first arrived here, I to pit it against the BMW E90 3 Series in a two-way for the publication I worked for then (to shootouts there; it had never done in the newspaper, and it’s not that will be done and with three different providing their opinions, the K ended up ahead of the 320i as the choice for all three reviewers, was a revelation to us.

Yes, the 3er ran rings around the C in dynamics and left it trailing all the ham-fisted stuff – feedback to progression, steering, traction, the BMW simply ticked off all the boxes of the Merc. But it was also less in its character, less compliant on the and certainly less comfortable in an environment on a day-to-day basis.

As as the E90 had eminent drivability (if lacking in and appealed to the driver in me, the balanced – and better – temperament of the W204 was to ignore. Certainly, given most owners don’t their cars like stole it, you can see where we all ended up, the winning the vote over the

Nearly four years on, I’d to believe that things really changed all that Undoubtedly, the arrival of the F30 will about another change in the and perspective, but for now, the status quo One where the choice is made the heart, and one made with the as before. And you can call me soft, but if once more, I’d know one I would pick. Again.

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Mercedes-Benz C 250 CGI AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 250 CGI AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 250 CGI AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 250 CGI AT Special Series

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