Friday, September 30, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia launches the C-Class Cabriolet and the SLC Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz Dream Cars Collection is what Mercedes-Benz calls their sports cars and coupes. They have expanded the Malaysian official sports car line-up with the introduction of two new models, the all-new C-Class Cabriolet & the new generation SLC Roadster, offering a wider range of options for connoisseurs of dream cars.




The C-Class Cabriolet is a drop top version of the recently launched W205 Series C-Class coupe. There is a C200, C250 and C300 Cabriolet. Prices are RM358,888, RM388,888 and RM443,888 respectively.
C300
C300

The SLC was the SLK roadster that has been facelifted and its name changed to suit the latest Mercedes-Benz nomenclature. There is the SLC200 and SLC300 that goes for RM398,888 and RM468,888 respectively. Specs for the C-class Cabrio and the SLC are down below in the press release.   



I do enjoy open top motoring these days. It allows millions of miles of headroom once you put its top down and you get a feeling that weight has been lifted off of your shoulders even though you may be paying RM5,000 - 20,000 per month in instalments. Trust me, this is how I feel everytime I drive a convertible or cabriolet or a detachable head coupe whatever they call it. 

PRESS RELEASE
Where passion comes alive: The Mercedes-Benz Dream Cars Collection

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today proudly presents two new and very exciting models, joining its illustrious Dream Cars Collection. As the inventor of the automobile, Mercedes-Benz continues to break the boundaries in all areas of the industry by presenting two more of its fine artistic developments to the Malaysian market.

“The Mercedes-Benz Dream Cars Collection is a collection of the most exciting cars available in the market today. Up to now, there has been something missing in our collection – that is why we bring you another exclusive option for the connoisseurs of dream cars, the C-Class Cabriolet and the SLC Roadster.” says Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.

“All of these exclusive cars embody what make our brand so fascinating and with the C-Class Cabriolet and the SLC roadster we offer two luxurious dream cars with everything that makes open-top driving so breath-taking,” he added.
The all-new C-Class Cabriolet: Captivating, the object of desire.

The new C-Class Cabriolet is authentic, powerful and vibrant. A new addition to the Mercedes-Benz convertibles, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet combines the classic Mercedes strength with everything that makes open-top driving so enjoyable. It exhibits a true independence of character with a visibly sporty expression and youthfully fresh appeal.

Its tightly stretched soft top with glass window transitions harmoniously into the distinctively styled rear end, which has a highly sporty look with its wide shoulders and flat LED tail lights. With a capacity of 360 litres (285 litres with the roof open), the boot is capable of holding an exceptional amount of luggage for a convertible, thus offering high everyday practicality.

At the sides, an elongated dropping line extending over the rear wheel arch lends an emphasis typical of Mercedes-Benz design. Thanks to the suspension lowered by 15 millimetres compared to the Saloon, the vehicle is already at sports level, emphasising the sporty nature of the Cabriolet which shines aerodynamically with a Cd figure of 0.28.

The fully automatic classic cabriolet fabric soft top comes in black in the basic variant, or is optionally available with a multi-layer acoustic soft top in dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black. It significantly reduces the wind/driving noise. This is made noticeable in the form of improved speech intelligibility, including at high speeds, and better insulation from disruptive ambient noise. The acoustic soft top thus offers optimal climate comfort, quiet-running characteristics and full all-year suitability.

The soft top can be opened and closed in 20 seconds, and at speeds of up to 50 km/h. After opening, it folds down quietly and precisely and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the boot.

The suspension offers a high level of comfort with low road roar and tyre vibration characteristics, while ensuring agile driving dynamics – the basis for driving enjoyment. The suspension on the Cabriolet, which is 15 millimetres lower in comparison with the sedan, comes as standard in the C 200 Cabriolet with steel springs and a selective damping system. Sport suspension with firmer springing and damping, including the Sports Direct-Steer system, are available in the C 250 Cabriolet and C 300 Cabriolet for even more agile handling.

DYNAMIC SELECT lets the driver choose how the journey should be: sporty, comfortable or fuel-efficient.

Three petrol variants with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine are available for the Cabriolet; 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine C 200 rated at 135kW (184hp), C 250 at 155kW(211hp) and C 300 rated at 180kW (245hp). The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for all variants.

Intuitive operation with animations and visual effects is offered by the infotainment system in the new C-Class Cabriolet. Frontbass ensures a listening experience almost on a par with a concert hall – especially with the Burmester® sound system, in the C 300 Cabriolet. The Frontbass system uses the space within the cross-member and side member in the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet models at a glance:


C 200 Cabriolet
C 250 Cabriolet
C 300 Cabriolet
Cylinders
4/in-line
4/in-line
4/in-line
Displacement cc
1991
1991
1991
Output
kW/hp
135/184 at 5500 rpm
155/211 at 5500 rpm
180/245 at 5500 rpm
Max. torque Nm
300 at 1200-4000 rpm
350 at 1200-4000 rpm
370 at 1300-4000 rpm
Fuel consumption
l/100 km*
6.0-6.3
6.2-6.6
6.7-7.1
CO2 emissions g/km
136-143
140-150
151-161
0-100 km/h
secs.
8.2
6.9
6.4
Max. km/h
235
244
250
Price
(OTR w/o Insurance)
*Price is inclusive of GST
RM 358, 888
RM 388,888
RM 443,888

The new generation SLC: Unleash your senses

The SLC from Mercedes-Benz is a roadster with a dynamic and sporty design. Pure driving pleasure comes from an unrivalled combination of sportiness and comfort. The cult roadster further underlines its sporty presence.

As part of the facelift, the Mercedes-Benz designers have further honed the cult roadster's sporty look. The new front section, where the steeply raked radiator grille elongates the appearance of the arrow-shaped bonnet, is particularly striking.   All SLC models feature a diamond radiator grille as standard. Its interior, post facelift, has an even higher-quality look. Highlights include new light (standard) or dark aluminium trim parts with a carbon-fibre finish. The instrument cluster has a new design too.

The SLC's vario-roof combines open-top driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort in poor weather. Operating the electrohydraulic roof is now even more straightforward. If while the roof is opening or closing the vehicle has to move off due to the traffic conditions, the process which was started when at a standstill can be continued up to a speed of approx. 40 km/h. Another new feature is the semi-automatic boot separator in conjunction with the vario-roof convenience feature or KEYLESS-GO: if the separator is in the upper position for increased boot capacity, it automatically moves down when the roof is opened.

A feature that continues to be unique to the SLC is the panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL, available in the SLC 300 – this glass roof is lightened or darkened at the touch of a button. This means that it provides an open-air feeling at any time, but when required gives welcome shade under a hot sun.

The classic strengths of the SLC also include its well-designed boot with the highest capacity in this segment – at 335 litres.
Two model variants are available at launch. The SLC 200 with an output of 135 kW (184 hp) and the SLC 300 with 180 kW (245 hp), both of which feature a 2-litre four-cylinder engine.

The Mercedes-Benz SLC models at a glance:
SLC 200
SLC 300
Number of cylinders/ arrangement
4/in-line
4/in-line
Displacement (cc)
1991
1991
Rated output
(kW/hp at rpm)
135/184 at 5500
180/245 at 5500
Rated torque
(Nm at rpm)
300 at 1200-4000
370 at 1300-4000
NEDC consumption (l/100 km) urban/extra-urban/comb.
5.7
5.8
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km)
133
134
Acceleration
0-100 km/h (s)
6.9
5.8
Top speed (km/h)
237
250
Price (OTR without Insurance)
*Price is inclusive of GST
RM 398,888
RM 468,888

Finance your enthusiasm with a guaranteed future value.

Mercedes-Benz Financial continues to develop creative financial offerings to enhance customers financing experience with attractive Agility financing packages for the new C-Class Cabriolet and SLC. With first year Comprehensive Motor Insurance added on a three-year Agility Financing tenure, the monthly instalments for the C 200 Cabriolet is at RM4,468* compared to the standard Hire Purchase Classic with a five-year financing tenure without insurance at RM5,680 per month. For the SLC 200, the monthly instalments with three-year Agility Financing tenure and first year Comprehensive Motor Insurance is at RM5,588* compared to the standard Hire Purchase Classic with a five-year financing tenure without insurance at RM6,322 per month. The offer is also available for other model variants. The offer ends 31st December 2016.

Agility Financing is an ideal financing solution for Mercedes-Benz customers as it comes with a guaranteed future value of the car backed by Mercedes-Benz and flexible options at the end of the agreement. The flexible end of agreement options feature gives the freedom to the customers to either settle or extend a financing agreement, or even return their car and upgrade to a newer model at the end of the agreement. In determining the guaranteed future value of the C-Class Cabriolet and SLC, the tenure of an agreement, which ranges between one year to five years, and the selected mileage package are taken into consideration.

The Comprehensive Motor Insurance coverage includes towing services of up to RM 400 for mechanical breakdowns, windscreen coverage of up to RM 8,000, One-for-One Vehicle Replacement and fast claims approval.
*Terms and conditions apply. Based on private registration in Peninsular Malaysia, 15.31% downpayment for the C200 Cabriolet and 15.20% downpayment for the SLC200, 36 months tenure and 20,000 k.m. mileage p.a. with 0% NCD insurance, LLP, LLOP and windscreen coverage. Cost of insurance premium is included in the monthly instalments. Mercedes-Benz Motor Insurance is underwritten by Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad and AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad.
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