Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has introduced the W212 E-Class facelift in the country. The locally-assembled sedan – which had its global reveal in December last year – arrives in two model guises, these being the E 200 and E 250 CGI, both available only in Avantgarde trim.
A new face leads exterior revisions – fresh items include a sports grille complete with a central star and new, full-LED headlamps, replete with DRLs. Both bonnet and front bumper have also been completely redesigned – don’t know about them being organic in flow to the rest of the car, but it certainly makes for a very dynamic-looking front end.
Continuing on, there’s a new feature line, which runs below the structure line from the rear door through to the tail lamps, and lends the E-Class a longer look. Also revised, the side trim, which has been shifted downwards. Meanwhile, the rear gets new horizontally structured, two-tone LED tail lamps and a revised bumper.
Specification-wise, items such as Collision Prevention Assist and Attention Assist find their way on to the new W212, and both variants feature two-part trim with Black Ash wood that stretches across the entire dashboard.
Also new is a three-tube instrument cluster, revised design of the air vents as well as an analogue clock between the two central air vents, while a DVD player has replaced the DVD changer found previously.
In terms of new kit, the facelifted E 200 now features Artico leather on the upper section of the dashboard, which was reserved for the E 250 and upwards on the pre-facelift. The car still rides on 17-inch wheels, but a new five twin-spoke design replaces the 10 twin-spoke wheel from before.
Elsewhere, the spare wheel on the E 200 is now a compact unit (a space saver, if you will), while the intelligent headlight control now has a ‘Plus’ suffix.
The E 250 Avantgarde, meanwhile, features an additional Exterior Sports Package that includes 18-inch five twin-spoke alloys with mixed 245/40 front and 265/35 rear tyres (previously, 17-inch units), larger perforated disc brakes at the front with calipers displaying Mercedes-Benz lettering, and two square integrated tailpipes at the rear. It also gets Remote Bootlid Closing and an electric panoramic sliding glass sunroof, both not found on the E 200.
A M274 2.0 BlueDIRECT mill replaces the previous 1.8 litre CGI lump. Novelties on this one include fast-acting piezo injectors for multiple injection, quick multi-spark ignition, turbocharging, fully-variable camshaft adjustment on the inlet and exhaust side, as well as a controlled oil pump.
The E 200 now does 184 hp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque between 1,200 rpm to 4,000 rpm, compared to the outgoing E 200 CGI’s 184 hp and 270 Nm. The new E 250 gets 211 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,200 rpm to 4,000 rpm, as opposed to the older E 250 CGI’s 204 hp and 310 Nm. The 0-100 km/h sprint time hasn’t changed for the E 200, but for the E 250, it’s down from 7.7 seconds to 7.4 seconds.
Both different output tune M274s are paired to a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission with Direct Select shifter and shift paddles – the steering column mounted shift lever is now standard throughout the range.
The E 200 Avantgarde is priced at RM366,888, while the E 250 Avantgarde goes for RM405,888, both-on-the-road without insurance. Both models are locally-assembled, but there will be a third CKD model added by the end of the year – the E 400, powered by Mercedes-Benz’s new 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 engine producing 328 hp and 480 Nm of torque.
The E 400 will likely get the AMG Sports pack, hopefully with a very interesting price tag versus the Audi A6 3.0 TFSI and BMW 535i, since it will be the only locally-assembled model in that engine displacement range.