W213 Mercedes-Benz E200 Avantgarde 1

The W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class recently made its launch debut in Malaysia, with four variants on offer, all being CBU units. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has announced that the first batch of the entry-level E 200 Avantgarde will be sold at RM385,888 (on-the-road without insurance), which is RM10,000 less than the price mentioned at launch (RM395,888).

The difference in pricing is mainly due to the tweaked equipment list associated with the first batch of the E 200s. MBM says that the first batch of E200s are advance units, and not fully representative of the mass market vehicle, which will come with the equipment originally prescribed at launch.

Look inside the interior, and you’ll notice that the widescreen cockpit is not here. On the standard E200, there are two 12.3-inch display screens – each with a resolution of 1,920 x 720 pixels – merged to form a single instrument cluster.

Instead, the first batch units get a conventional analogue instrument cluster (as pictured here), with a 7-inch colour display screen to match. An Audio 20 USB infotainment unit with touchpad controls and Garmin Map Pilot is linked to said screen.

Although the widescreen cockpit has been removed on the advance units, a 360-degree camera has been added. This feature is not available on the mass market model, which gets a standard reverse camera instead.

Everything else though, remains status quo. Under the hood, you’ll find the M 274 DE 20 AL 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo petrol unit rated at 181 hp (184 PS) at 5,500 rm and 300 Nm at 1,200 to 4,000 rpm. It is paired to a 9G-Tronic nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission with shift paddles.

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Other drive-related features include an ECO start/stop function, Dynamic Select, which offers four selectable operation modes, and Agility Control suspension with selective damping and a 15 mm lowered ride height.

Exterior highlights include the Avantgarde styling package that features a two-bar grille, paired with 18-inch five-spoke light alloy wheels (with run-flat tyres) and LED High Performance lights. The Avantgarde styling extends into the cabin, which features a multi-function steering leather wrapped in Nappa leather and automatic climate control.

GALLERY: W213 Mercedes-Benz E 200 Avantgarde (first batch)