Anol Alias has spotted the Mercedes-Benz E 400 at JPJ, clad in the AMG Sport package. At the launch of the facelifted W212 E-Class, we learnt that the E 400 would be the next model to be locally-assembled after the E 200 and E 250. Is this it, then?

Under the bonnet is a new 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 that produces 328 hp and 480 Nm of torque. Transmission is taken care of by a 7G-Tronic Plus auto with a Direct Select shifter and shift paddles. 0-100 km/h takes 5.3 seconds, and top speed is an electronically-limited 250 km/h.

The AMG Sport package gives you an aggressive-looking front bumper, a slightly different rear bumper and side skirts, less chrome trim on the body and 18-inch five twin-spoke AMG alloys wrapped in 245/40 tyres up front and 265/35s out back. The steering wheel gets a dash of wood trim, as opposed to the E 200 and E 250’s full leather-wrapped items.

Hopefully the Mercedes-Benz E 400 will be competitively priced against the Audi A6 3.0 TFSI and BMW 535i, since it will be the only locally-assembled model in that engine displacement range.