Fresh from its preview at the Detroit Auto Show earlier in January, the all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is expected to go on sale in USA and Europe in April this year. Usually, there is a six- to nine-month gap between a new model’s introduction in key markets around the world, before making their way to smaller markets like Malaysia.
For this coming all-new W213 generation E-Class, rumour has it that Mercedes-Benz Malaysia might just surprise us with an unusually early launch of the all-new E-Class.
Speaking at the launch of the refurbished Cycle and Carriage Bintang Mercedes-Benz Autohaus in Petaling Jaya earlier today, Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia told us that the all-new E-Class will be launched in Malaysia later this year, but stopped short of revealing anything further.
At the same time, reliable sources have indicated to us that the all-new W213 generation E-Class is expected to be launched in Malaysia sometime around July or August 2016.
However the initial batches will be fully-imported models, so expect prices to be significantly higher than the outgoing, locally-assembled W212 generation model.
Due the lead time required to retool an assembly line, we don’t expect local assembly of the W213 generation E-Class to commence until early 2017.
Earlier this week, Daimler AG has also announced that the all-new W213 generation E-Class will be offered in some markets with an all-new 2.0-litre OM654 diesel engine, in the E 220 d. The engine is the first aluminium block diesel engine for Mercedes-Benz.
Considering Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s recent push for diesel-powered models, and increased availability of Euro 5 diesel in major cities, we are not surprised if the E 220 d has been earmarked for Malaysia. Currently Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s diesel-powered models consist of the E 300 Bluetec Hybrid, CLS 250 d, and GLE 250 d.
More on the all-new 2016 W213 generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class here.
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