Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has today re-introduced the E300, now as a locally-assembled model. The current W213 generation E300 was first introduced in 2017 as a fully-imported (CBU) model. It was sold in limited numbers before it was discontinued to make room for the locally-assembled E350e plug-in hybrid. The new E300 is now assembled alongside the E200 and E250 in Pekan, Pahang, which also makes a variety of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars including the Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan and GLC43 SUV.
Priced from RM388,888, the new CKD Mercedes-Benz E300 is RM70,000 cheaper than its fully-imported predecessor.
Also, the new Mercedes-Benz E300 will succeed the E350e here in Malaysia. Yes, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will be discontinuing the E350e (last sold at RM370,690 for Exclusive, RM377,293 for AMG Line). MBM says the discontinuation of the E350e is related to the limited volume of tax-deductable vehicles granted to the E350e. On whether will the C350e be discontinued as well, MBM was tight-lipped but alluded that the greater consideration behind its recent moves has more to do with the need for greater clarity in the longer term for Malaysia's National Automotive Policy (NAP). In other words, MBM cannot commit itself into assembling more plug-in hybrid vehicles until the government provides a clearer long-term direction with regards to EEV incentives.
Similar to the CBU model that was introduced back in 2017, the new E300 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 245 hp and 370 Nm, delivered to the rear wheels via a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Standard equipment on the new E300 include:
- Paddle shifters with aluminium finish
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support
- 13-speaker Burmester sound system
- Nappa leather upholstery
- Metal-weave dashboard trim
- Sports steering wheel
- Qi wireless charging system
- AMG floor mats
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Panoramic sliding sunroof
- 360-degree camera
- Keyless entry
- AMG Line exterior kit
- Seven airbags, Pre-Safe system, Active Brake Assist, and Collision Warning are part of the new E300’s safety equipment.
With this, the current E-Class range now consists of :
- E200 Avantgarde Line - RM315,029
- E250 Avantgarde Line - RM357,482
- E250 Exclusive Line - RM357,482
- E300 AMG Line - RM388,888
- Mercedes-AMG E63S - RM977,643
Prices quotes are excluding insurance, without GST or SST. All models are locally-assembled at Pekan, except for the fully-imported E63S.