Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has introduced the E-Class as a locally-assembled model, available in three variants, the E 200 Avantgarde Line, E 250 Avantgarde Line and E 250 Exclusive Line, priced at RM348,888, RM378,888 and RM383,888 respectively, OTR without insurance.
All three variants are powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine which generates 184hp at 5,500rpm and 300Nm peak torque at 1,200rpm to 4,000rpm in the E 200 Avantgarde Line and 211hp at 5,500rpm and 350Nm peak torque at 1,200rpm to 4,000rpm in the E 250 Avantgarde Line and E 250 Exclusive Line, all paired with the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission.
The E 200 Avantgarde Line goes from a standstill to 100km/h in 7.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 240km/h while the E 250 Avantgarde Line and E 250 can go from 0 to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 250km/h.
All variants come with Agility Control suspension with selective damping system and lowering.
Using a Dynamic Select switch in the cockpit, drivers can choose from four modes – Comfort, Eco, Sport and Sport+ as well as an additional individual option that allows them to configure the vehicle according to their own preferences.
Design-wise, the Exclusive Line features the classic Mercedes-Benz radiator grille with the star on the bonnet while the Avantgarde Line is identifiable by the sports radiator grille with a large Mercedes star as its centrepiece.
Single-piece tail lights feature a two-bar design framed by the vehicle body and provide an additional highlight reminiscent of stardust, a crystal optic created by innovative reflector technology with a specially configured surface structure that makes its debut appearance in the E-Class.
On the inside, the E-Class includes two high resolution displays, each with a wide screen diagonal of 12.3 inches which conflate into a wide-screen fully digital cockpit which can be configured by the driver; drivers can choose among three different styles – Classic, Sport and Progressive.
The instrument cluster and multimedia system can be operated via touch control buttons in control panels on either side of the steering wheel using finger swipes similar to a smartphone interface.
The infotainment system can also be controlled using a touchpad with controller in the centre console which can recognise handwriting as well, and the Linguatronic voice control system, as well as direct-access buttons for controlling functions such as the air-conditioning system or activation and deactivation of certain driving assistance systems.
For safety, comfort and driver assistance, the E-Class is equipped with active brake assist and attention assist fitted as standard, along with a host of safety features which include Pre-Safe system, parking pilot, Pre-Safe Sound and multibeam LED headlights.
Meanwhile at the same event, MBM teased the coming of the plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz E 350 e, which would be the second plug-in hybrid from the German carmaker to be introduced in Malaysia after the C 350 e launched last October.
Set to be unveiled here in the third quarter of this year, the E 350 e is expected to be priced below RM400,000 when it is launched.
It will be powered by the same M274 DE 20 AL 2.0 litre petrol engine as in the C 350 e which generates 211hp at 5,500rpm and 350Nm peak torque at 1,200rpm to 4,000rpm.
On full electric mode it produces an output of 87hp and 440Nm of torque, has a range of 33km and can reach a top speed of 130km/h.
Its combined output is 286hp and 550Nm maximum torque, and the car can go to 100km/h from a standstill in 6.2 seconds before getting to a top speed of 250km/h.