Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) introduced the fully-imported (CBU) W213 E-Class in Malaysia last year, with a total of four variants for customers to choose from (pricing for each released in stages). Today, the company is relaunching its premium sedan, this time in locally-assembled (CKD) flavour.
Before we get on to the nitty gritty, there’s a bit of disclosure to be aired out first. For starters, only three variants will be CKD, namely the E 200 Avantgarde, E 250 Avantgarde and E 250 Exclusive.
Pricing wise, the E 200 can now be had for RM348,888 (RM47,000 less than the CBU); the E 250 Avantgarde for RM378,888 (RM42,000 less than the CBU); and the E 250 Exclusive for RM383,888 (RM42,000 less than the CBU). That makes it even more affordable than the previous-generation E-Class (W212) CKD sold here – E 200 Avantgarde at RM364,888 and E 250 Avantgarde at RM403,888.
The range-topping E 300 will remain as a CBU model as when it was first introduced, retaining its RM458,888 price tag (all prices mentioned here are on-the-road, without insurance). MBM also previewed a plug-in hybrid variant – the E 350 e – during the launch of the E-Class CKD, which is said to arrive in Q3 this year, priced below RM400k.
In terms of specifications, all E-Class variants remain unchanged from before, retaining the familiar M 274 DE 20 AL 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine (with ECO start/stop function).
On the E 200, the mill is rated at 184 hp and 300 Nm, good for a 0-100 km/h time of 7.7 seconds. Meanwhile, the E 250’s powerplant outputs 211 hp and 350 Nm, bringing the century sprint time down to 6.9 seconds. Unsurprisingly, the E 300 – with its 245 hp and 370 Nm – will achieve the feat the quickest at 6.2 seconds. The E 200 and E 250 has a claimed fuel consumption of 5.9 litres per 100 km, while the E 300 is a tad more at 6.3 l/100 km.
All engines direct their drive to the rear wheels via a 9G-Tronic nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission with a Direct Select column gear selector. Another similarity found on all cars is the Mercedes Agility Control suspension – comfort suspension with selective damping and a 15 mm lowered ride height.
Moving on to equipment, standard fitments include an ambient lighting system (with 64 colours), Mercedes widescreen cockpit – two 12.3-inch full-colour screens – each with a resolution of 1,920 x 720 pixels – that form the instrument cluster as well as the main display on the dash.
The latter is linked to a COMAND Online infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity), controlled via the touch-sensitive Touch Controls on the steering wheel and COMAND Controller on the centre console. A sun protection package (rear sunblinds, rear windscreen electric roller blind) remains present as before.
Focusing on each individual variant, the E 200 comes with 18-inch five-spoke light alloy wheels, LED High Performance headlights, a reverse camera and Keyless Start.
Moving up to the E 250, the Avantgarde nets you Multibeam LED headlights, a 360-degree camera, Keyless-Go (keyless entry, powered boot), Hands-Free Access, a panoramic sunroof, Artico leather for the dash and a wireless charging for phones that adhere to the Qi standard.
Also part of the E 250’s equipment repertoire are larger 19-inch wheels – E 250 Avantgarde gets a five-spoke design while the Exclusive wears a 10-spoke tremolit grey unit with a high-sheen finish. Another unique bit of kit for the E 250 Exclusive is Nappa leather upholstery (standard Artico leather for the rest) and a Burmester surround sound system (also standard on the E 250 Avantgarde and E 300).
On the safety and driver assistance front, all E-Class variants come with the Pre-Safe system, Active Brake Assist, Parking Pilot, Pre-Safe Sound and seven airbags.
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