Mercedes-Benz Thailand (MBT) has launched the E350e plug-in hybrid. With the incentive-attracting PHEV in place, the W213 E220d will no longer be sold in the Kingdom. It may be for cost reasons in our part of the world, but this mirrors the global trend nevertheless.

The E350e is the fourth plug-in hybrid model to launched in Thailand, after the C350e, S500e and GLE500e. Along with the new model, MBT also introduced the “Switch to EQ” banner, and aims to see PHEVs account for 30% of its sales in Thailand.

The E350e is equipped with the M274 2.0 litre petrol unit as seen on the C350e, and has the same output of 208 hp and 350 Nm. There are however slight differences to its motor and total system output numbers. Here, the electric motor is rated at 87 hp/440 Nm (80 hp/340 Nm on the C350e), and combined output is 281 hp and 550 Nm (275 hp/600 Nm in the smaller car).

The car’s high-voltage lithium-ion battery has a total capacity of 6.2 kWh (identical to the C350e), and in Europe, the recharge time quoted for the unit is 1.5 hours at a charge rate of 3.7 kW (16A/230V line) via a charging point or wallbox, or around three hours via a standard domestic power socket.

Performance numbers include a 33 km operating range in all-electric mode and a top speed of 130 km/h running on electric power alone. This W213 does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 210 km/h.

Three trims are available in Thailand – the 3.49 million baht (RM436,815) Avantgarde, the 3.79 million baht (RM474,364) Exclusive and the sporty AMG Dynamic for 4.09 million baht (RM511,899).

The E350e will be launching in Malaysia in Q3 this year, and the soon-to-be range-topping variant was previewed at last month’s launch of the locally-assembled E-Class range.

The Malaysian-spec CKD E350e will come with an AMG Line exterior and interior. The kit list will include 19-inch five-spoke AMG wheels, Multibeam LED headlights, a panoramic sliding glass roof and Airmatic suspension.

Inside, it will have Nappa leather, an AMG Sports steering wheel, widescreen cockpit meter panel, pre-entry climate control, Comand Online, as well as a Burmester high-end surround sound system. Expect to pay slightly under RM400k for the top W213 (taking over from the E300) when it arrives – that’s significantly less than what Thai customers are paying.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz E350e previewed in Malaysia