KUALA LUMPUR: The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is offered in four 2.0-litre turbocharged variants, with prices starting from RM395, 888 for the E 200 Avantgarde with 184hp and 300Nm of torque.
Only the E 200 is available at launch, with the E 250 Avantgarde and Exclusive due to arrive in Malaysia in September, and the E 300 AMG due to arrive in November.
The E 250 has 211hp and 350Nm of torque, while the higher-powered E 300 AMG has 245hp and 370Nm of torque.
Prices for the E 250 and E 300 will be announced later.
The new E-Class will be imported this year, as local assembly operations will start next year.
"The new E-Class is the most intelligent sedan in the premium segment," said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia vice president of sales and marketing Mark Raine.
(Local artiste Ning Baizura singing at the launch of the new Mercedes E-Class in Kuala Lumpur.)
The new E-Class shows a muscular front end that boasts a different look for each design and equipment line.
The EXCLUSIVE line features the classic Mercedes radiator grille with the star on the bonnet while the AVANTGARDE and AMG Line models are identifiable by the sports radiator grille with a large Mercedes star as its centrepiece.
At the rear end, single-piece tail lights featuring a two-bar design provide an additional highlight reminiscent of Stardust, the Milky Way or the glow of a jet engine. This crystal optic is created by reflector technology with a specially configured surface structure for the tail lights and is making its debut appearance in the new E-Class.
Compared with its predecessor, its wheelbase length has grown by 65mm and overall length by 43mm. The basis for agile handling characteristics is provided by an increased track width (extra 20mm at the front, extra 7mm at the rear).
The interior of the new E-Class includes two high-resolution displays, each with a wide screen diagonal of 12.3 inches -
unique in this segment. Beneath their shared glass cover, the two displays visually conflate into a wide-screen cockpit that seems to be hovering in thin air.
The entire cockpit is fully digital.
The multifunction steering wheel has touch control buttons, and with this, the instrument cluster and multimedia system can be operated with horizontal and vertical swiping movements of the finger like a smartphone interface, allowing drivers to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel.
Further controls for the infotainment system are provided in the shape of a Touchpad with Controller in the centre console, which can recognise handwriting, and the LINGUATRONIC voice control system. There are also direct-access buttons for controlling functions such as the air-conditioning system or - in another first - for convenient activation and deactivation of certain driving assistance systems.
The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. With 64 colours, it offers a host of possibilities for personalisation.
The new E-Class has 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.
All variants come with AGILITY CONTROL suspension with selective damping system and lowering.
A DYNAMIC SELECT switch in the cockpit enables the driver to select from four modes: "Comfort, ECO, Sport and Sport +.
Active Brake Assist is fitted as standard; it is able to warn the driver of impending collisions, provide optimum support with emergency braking and if necessary also autonomously apply the brakes. In addition to slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing the danger zone ahead of the vehicle.
Likewise included as standard are ATTENTION ASSIST with adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver of drowsiness, and Crosswind Assist, which can assist the driver by substantially reducing the effects of strong crosswinds.