The local W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class range has received a new range-topper in the form of the E 350. Not to be confused with the recently-discontinued E 350 e plug-in hybrid, the most powerful non-AMG version of the handsome executive sedan comes in at around the same price – RM399,888 on-the-road without insurance.

While it doesn’t feature the same future-forward powertrain as the E 350 e, the E 350 does come with a little bit of electrical assistance – its new M264 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine, which makes a heady 299 hp and 400 Nm of torque, is supplemented by a 48-volt mild hybrid system sandwiched between the engine and the nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. On its own, it provides 14 hp and 150 Nm of boost.

The car also gets a number of items that are a first for the locally-assembled E-Class, including adaptive Dynamic Body Control dampers and the Driving Assistant Package. The latter adds Distronic adaptive cruise control and Active Lane Keeping Assist that provide semi-autonomous driving capabilities, along with Active Blind Spot Assist. Autonomous emergency braking is, of course, a given for Mercedes vehicles nowadays.

All that aside, however, are these changes enough to upset the apple cart at the sharp end of the executive market? Our man Hafriz Shah takes the new variant out for a spin to see what’s what, and you can find out what he thinks by watching the video above.