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2017 Mercedes-AMG E 43 & 350e hybrid now on sale in Australia

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced prices and specifications for two additions to the E-Class family, with the plug-in hybrid E 350 e and new AMG E 43 variant added to the local range.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 350e

The E 350 e plug-in hybrid is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 210kW and 550Nm of torque, and for the first time in a plug-in hybrid vehicle, power is transferred to the wheels via a nine-speed 9G-TRONIC transmission.

Despite the brisk 0-100km/h time of 6.2 seconds, Mercedes says the E 350 e sips just 2.4L/100km thanks to an electric motor that offers 30km of pure electric range. The E 350 e is also packaged with Mercedes’s air body control suspension system, a panoramic glass sunroof and pre-entry climate control system.

The E 350 e is priced from $131,600 (excluding on-roads). The company’s Australian/New Zealand CEO and managing director Horst von Sanden said:

“Following the successful introduction of both our plug-in hybrid and AMG 43 models, we can’t wait to offer this technology and performance in the all-new E-Class early next year.”

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Moving on to the Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC, engineers have managed to churn out an extra 25kW from the twin-turbocharged V6, which now produces 295kW/520Nm. Peak torque is available from 2500rpm, with power transferred to all four wheels via a 4MATIC driveline, which helps the E 43 run the 0-100km/h in a claimed 4.6 seconds. Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers said:

“The new E 43 4MATIC offers impressive driving dynamics coupled with cutting-edge efficiency. Twin turbocharging, features adopted from motorsport and the characteristic AMG design immediately indicate to our customers that the new E-Class from AMG offers pure driving performance coupled with cutting-edge technology and intense emotion.”

Equipment for the E 43 4MATIC includes 20-inch AMG wheels, sports exhaust and braking systems, AMG styling cues, AIR-BALANCE package and Nappa leather upholstery. Mercedes-Benz is asking $159,900 for the AMG E 43 4MATIC (excluding on-roads).

Both new models will officially arrive in Australia in February next year.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.