Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has expanded the locally-assembled (CKD) W213 E-Class range with the launch of the E 300 AMG Line. In April last year, the company introduced CKD versions of the E 200 Avantgarde, E 250 Avantgarde and E 250 Exclusive, so this latest addition basically completes the E-Class CKD quartet. The E 300 CKD effectively replaces the E 350 e plug-in hybrid, though the C 350 e will remain for now.

Pricing-wise, the E 300 AMG Line CKD is priced at an estimated RM388,888, which is a lot less than the CBU version (RM458,888). However, keep in mind that the CBU’s price tag still included the goods and services tax (GST), and MBM’s zero-rated GST price list did not include the E 300 AMG Line. Nonetheless, if we perform a rough calculation and deduct 6% from the CBU’s price at the time (RM431,355), it is still a substantial amount of savings.

In terms of specifications, the CKD model is almost identical to the CBU with one glaring difference – there are 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels instead of 19-inch AMG five twin-spoke units. Beyond that, you’ll still get Multibeam LED headlamps, a panoramic roof, hands-free boot access, AMG Line package and Night Package, though heads-up display has been dropped.

Moving inside, there’s an Artico leather-covered dash, Nappa leather seat upholstery, wireless mobile phone charger, widescreen cockpit (two 12.3-inch screens), COMAND Online system, Touch Controls on the steering wheel, centre console controller and 13-speaker Burmester surround sound system with nine channels of amplification.

Other items on the kit list include Keyless-GO, a 360-degree camera, Dynamic Select with five modes (Comfort, Eco, Sport and Sport+ and Individual), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, three-zone automatic climate control and paddle shifters.

Under the bonnet remains the M 274 DE 20 AL 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 241 hp (245 PS) and 370 Nm of torque. Paired with the engine is Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission, with power being sent to the rear wheels – zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds.

With the exception of the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+, the E-Class Sedan range is priced at under RM400k during the “tax holiday” that we are enjoying now. So, which E-Class is your preferred one?