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mercedes benz updated e class drops plug in hybrids for mild ones

Mercedes-Benz updated E-Class drops plug-in hybrids for mild ones

The E350 now sports mild hybrid assistance with none for the E300 and E200

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Dinesh Appavu

8 Mar 2019

A mild refresh to the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia E-Class range has seen the introduction of mild hybrid assistance for the E300 in place of the plug-in E350e. The range now spans three variants; the E350 AMG Line, E300 Exclusive Line and E200 Sportstyle Avantgarde.

A 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four is linked to a belt-driven starter generator (RSG) to provide mild hybrid support to the tune of a combined 299hp and 400Nm in the E350 AMG Line. The RSG itself accounts for 150Nm of torque. All that gets the sedan from a standstill to 100kph in just 5.9-seconds.

New kit for the E350 AMG Line now comprises the Driving Assistance Package and Dynamic Body Control adaptive suspension.

Sitting just below it is the E300 Exclusive, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 258hp and 370Nm. The refresh sees it now incorporate the Lane Tracking package that includes Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.

Entry into the E-Class range is in the form of the E200 Sportstyle Avantgarde. Also propelled by a 2.0-litre turbo-four, the E200 brings with it 197hp and 320Nm of torque. Bearing the Sportstyle name on its hind means that the sedan has black headliner, light carbon grain aluminium console trim, brushes stainless steel sports pedals and Blind Spot assist among others.

Estimated pricing for the E350 AMG Line is RM399,888 while the E300 Exclusive goes for RM379,999 and the E200 Sportstyle Avantgarde will set you back RM329,888. All three variants will be assembled at the marque’s plant in Pekan, Pahang.

As before, all three variants listed above are locally-assembled at Mercedes-Benz’s assembly facility in Pekan, Pahang. The E-Class will be afforded the E-ssential financing service that starts from RM 3,998 and if you opt for the Agility Financing plans, you’ll receive two complimentary comprehensive service packages.