ICYMI, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s assembly plant in Pekan has been upgraded to put together left-hand drive cars on the same production line as the right-hand drive cars. This puts MBM in a unique position to offer their wares in countries in the South-East Asian region that drive on the wrong side of the road. One thing led to another… the Malaysian-assembled C-Class C 180 Avantgarde Line will be exported to the Philippines this month.
The export-model C 180 is powered by the M274 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that produces 156hp and 250Nm. Mated to a nine-speed DCT, the C 180 slaps the 100kph from zero in 8.6 seconds. Active Brake Assist will help stop the car should the driver ignore or is unable to respond to warnings of light and sound.
As mentioned earlier, the C-Class goes overseas wearing the sporty-esque Avantgarde Line, complete with 17-inch 5-twin-spoke wheels. LED headlamps light the way. On the inside, this C-Class comes standard with ARTICO leather, aluminium trim and ambient lighting.
For entertainment, the C 180 is equipped with the 10.25-inch media display, and it is ready for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The driver gets an additional screen to look at, which is the 12.3-inch Instrument Cluster.
The specifications for the C-Class does not come from Malaysia but from the Philippines. We think the spec is decent, given that it’s a C 180, which is usually reserved for the base spec cars. But is it enough?