Mercedes-Benz Malaysia on Tuesday ended the guessing games over the price of the eagerly awaited addition to its line-up.
The E300 BlueTEC diesel hybrid will cost RM348,888 (OTR, without insurance).
This is the second locally-assembled hybrid model, after the S400L Hybrid, to receive full duty exemptions under the 2014 National Automotive Policy (NAP 2014).
“The E300 BlueTEC HYBRID represents the continuation of our hybrid offensive strategy, as we further consolidate our lead position in the luxury and efficiency category,” the company’s president and chief executive Roland Folger said.
“It is the first diesel hybrid model from a premium manufacturer, which also marks the return of Mercedes-Benz’s diesel engines in Malaysia.”
Mercedes-Benz ias honoured to be able to qualify and receive full duty exemption and contribute to Malaysia’s goal of becoming a regional energy efficient vehicle (EEV) hub, he added.
The car is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine producing 204hp and 500Nm of torque. Its electric motor adds another 27hp (sure about this, seems a little weedy) and 250Nm to the package.
The hybrid drive unit of the new E300 BlueTEC Hybrid is an extension of the module from the S400L Hybrid and is based on the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission system.
On electric power alone, the new E-Class can move at 35km/h for a kilometre.
An AMG Sports package, including 18-inch alloy wheels, rear apron and rigid side skirts have been fitted to the car.
It also employs various driver assistance technologies such as the Collision Prevention Assists system (a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive brake assist systems), the Attention Assist system (a feature which warns of inattentiveness and drowsiness across a wider speed range) and Park Assist.
In addition, the car also comes with the Hands-Free Access feature (which enables the boot lid to be opened and closed by simply placing one’s foot beneath the bumper) and a 360-degree surround view camera.
The E300 Hybrid is capable of a top speed of 242km/h. Claimed fuel consumption is 4.1L/100km. Mercedes-Benz says it can reach 100km/h from a standing start in 7.1 seconds.