Mercedes-Benz previewed the E350e for the Indonesian market at the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). The plug-in hybrid W213 is not yet on sale in the Republic, and Mercedes is likely waiting for the government’s finalised low carbon emmision vehicle (LCEC) regulations before moving in.

Taxation based on C02 emissions would benefit plug-in hybrids like the E350e – it produces just 57 g of C02 per km, as emblazoned on the showcar’s profile. Official claimed fuel consumption is 2.5 litres per 100 km.

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.

The E350e was launched in Thailand in May, and its Malaysian introduction is just around the corner. Already announced and previewed for our market, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has set the PHEV’s launch for the third quarter of this year, which we’re in now.

Our soon-to-be range-topping W213 variant will come with an AMG Line exterior and interior, like the car you see here. 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.


GALLERY: W213 Mercedes-Benz E350e Malaysia preview