We’ve been awaiting the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz E 350 e for a long time, and it finally made its official debut in Malaysia last week. The locally-assembled plug-in hybrid is looking to shake up the executive segment with competitive pricing and a high kit count, but does that actually translate to a compelling package in the real world?

That’s where we come in, with a detailed look at the new top-of-the-line version of the cooking E-Class. Not only do we give you a full walk-around tour both inside and out, but we’re also taking the car on a proper test – a highway drive from Kuala Lumpur to Penang to see how a PHEV really copes with long-distance driving.

Pricing for the E 350 e starts at RM392,888 for the Exclusive model, with the AMG Line you see here costing just RM3,000 more, at RM395,888. The limited Edition 60 model, which is identical to the Exclusive save for a number of trim changes and some extra kit, goes for RM408,888. All prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

You’d be hard-pressed to tell the E 350 e apart from the standard W213 E-Class, as they are exactly the same apart from the blue front brake callipers, the Plug-in Hybrid badges on the front fenders and the charging port at the rear of the car, under the right tail light. Inside, there are unique displays to show the car’s battery level and energy usage, plus a button to select the powertrain mode.

Under the bonnet sits an M274 2.0 litre turbo engine producing 208 hp and 350 Nm of torque, paired to a 87 hp/440 Nm electric motor sandwiched between it and the nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. Total system output stands at 281 hp and 550 Nm, enabling the E 350 e to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. A 6.2 kWh lithium-ion battery under the boot floor provides an all-electric range of 33 km.

So, how does the Mercedes-Benz E 350 e do on a highway cruise, and how far from its impressive claimed fuel consumption figure of 2.1 litres per 100 km do we end up? Watch as our man Hafriz Shah gives you a thorough run-down of the car in the video above. For full specifications and equipment, check out our comprehensive launch report as well as our sister site CarBase.my.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz E 350 e AMG Line