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Mercedes rolls out the CKD E-Class

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 25 April 2017

Following the introduction of the all-new E-Class in June last year, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has released the locally-assembled (CKD) E-Class for the Malaysian market. The fully-imported (CBU) W213 E-Class had previously set the benchmark in its class due to its innovative and modern technology.

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“With the new locally-assembled E-Class, we mark a new era in locally-produced cars and firmly cement our position as the leading premium luxury brand in Malaysia, always pursuing our claim to be the best or nothing,” says Mark Raine, vice president of sales and marketing passenger cars at Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.

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The CKD E-Class is offered in three variants, with prices slashed by up to RM47,000 as compared to the CBU units. Pricing details (on-the-road, without insurance) are as follows:

  • E 200 Avantgarde: RM348,888 (CBU: RM395,888)
  • E 250 Avantgarde: RM378,888 (CBU: RM420,888)
  • E 250 Exclusive: RM383,888 (CBU: RM425,888)

Appearance

The CKD E-Class features a sleek and smooth body contour. It is largely similar to the fully-imported units, but the car can still be differentiated by certain design elements.

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For instance, the two Avantgarde trims wear the sportier radiator grille with a large Mercedes badge at its centre, while the Exclusive, employs the classic Mercedes grille. As for the wheels, the Avantgarde is fitted with 18-inch five-spoke alloys while the Exclusive gets 19-inch 10-spoke ones.

The new E-Class welcomes the hi-tech Multibeam LED headlights, available on the E 250 Avantgarde and the E 250 Exclusive. It consists of 84 individually-controlled high performance LEDs that precisely illuminate the road ahead. The LED grid arrangement within the headlights allows for separate lighting distribution according to the situation.

Cabin

Dominating the dash are two 12.3-inch full-colour screens that serve as the instrument cluster as well as the main display unit.

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The instrument cluster can be set to three different styles; Classic, Sport and Progressive. The display unit runs on a COMAND Online infotainment system, compatible to Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

Apart from that, the interior lighting offers 64 ambience colours, making use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. This adds a personal touch to the car’s character by illuminating parts of the car’s trim, central display, front stowage facility, handle recesses, door pockets, front and rear footwells, overhead console and tweeters (for vehicles equipped with the Burmester surround sound system).

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Powertrain

Under the hood of all three CKD E-Class variants are 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engines. But with different tuning, the engine on the E 200 makes 184hp at 5,500rpm and 300Nm of torque from 1,200rpm to 4,000rpm while the E 250 churn out 211hp at 5,500rpm and 350Nm of torque from 1,200rpm to 4,000rpm.

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The engines are paired to a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, which is tuned to deliver fast gear changes with efficiency and low noise in mind.

The E 200 is capable of accelerating from zero to 100km/h in 7.7 seconds and has a top speed of 240km/h. The E 250 is 0.8 seconds quicker in the same sprint and has a 250km/h top speed.

Safety

The new E-Class is equipped with next-generation driving assistance systems, which include Pre-Safe system, active brake assist, parking pilot and Pre-Safe Sound that emits a short interference signal through the vehicle’s sound system when it detects the risk of a collision.

Warranty packages

MBM offers a three-year Agility Financing agreement with low monthly instalments and guaranteed future value for each of their new cars.