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.

For a more better insight into the W213, do check out our international and local test drive reports. If you’re looking to compare specs between all variants, do head on over to CarBase.my.

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