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Mercedes-Benz announces prices for the plug-in hybrid and junior-league AMG variants of the new E-Class sedan range ahead of February introduction.
With the new E-Class sedan's full range of standard petrol and diesel engine variants now complete in Australia, Mercedes-Benz has turned its attention to rolling out its more offbeat variants with the E350e plug-in hybrid and the Mercedes-AMG E43 4MATIC. Both variants will be available at dealerships from February 2017.
As expected, the E350e plug-in hybrid promises to be the most frugal E-Class variant on offer here with an official fuel consumption figure of 2.4L/100km, thanks to its plug-in hybrid drivetrain that beats the cycle-testing by offering up to 30km of all-electric range.
Under its hood the E350e packs a 155kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which is paired to a 60kW electric motor - similar to the drivetrain setup used in the C350e plug-in hybrid variant. Together the engine and electric motor combination delivers a combined system output of 210kW and 550Nm of torque, which is 5kW more and 50Nm less than the smaller C350e's boast. However unlike the C-Class plug-in hybrid, the E-Class variant comes with a nine-speed 9G-Tronic torque converter instead of a seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus. According to Mercedes-Benz, the E350e is capable of sprinting to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds.
Despite its eco-credentials, the E350e is as well-equipped as befits a Mercedes-Benz with Air Body air suspension panoramic glass roof, and pre-entry climate control system features fitted as standard.
At $131,600, the E350e is positioned between the $107,900 E300 and $134,900 E350d in terms of pricing.
On the other end of the scale comes Mercedes-AMG's E43 4MATIC, which features AMG's 3-litre turbocharged V6 powerplant that has been beefed up with bigger turbochargers and software tweaks that ups its peak power output from the C43's 270kW to 295kW. Though peak torque remains at 520Nm, along with the use of a 9G-Tronic automatic and 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, the added power is enough to punt the E43 4MATIC to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker to the mark than the C43.
The E43 4MATIC will be the E-Class' quickest and priciest number until AMG's range-topping E 63 variants make their way to our shores.
In keeping with its performance-oriented nature, the E43 will come fully decked out with AMG bodystyling, 20-inch AMG wheels, AMG's sports exhaust system and sports braking system, and Nappa Leather upholstery as standard. In addition to that the E43 will also get a fragrance dispensing Air-Balance package, amongst its list of standard features.
Priced at $159,900, a $20,000 premium over the E 400, the E43 4MATIC will be the E-Class' quickest and priciest number until AMG's range-topping E 63 variants make their way to our shores.
As it is with the rest of the E-Class sedan range in Australia, both the E350e and E43 4MATIC will feature a comprehensive list of standard safety features, including nine airbags, Attention Assist driver fatigue detection system, Active Bonnet pedestrian safety, 360-degree surround view camera, and the Driver Assistance Package Plus.
The Driver Assistance Package Plus comprises of Drive-Pilot semi-autonomous Steering Pilot steering assistance with Distance Pilot Distronic autonomous cruise control, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic autonomous braking, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Pre-Safe PLUS and Pre-Safe Impulse Side pre-crash preparation system.