Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today introduced the anticipated new E-Class for the domestic premium sedan market. The new E-Class, manufactured locally, is hailed as a masterpiece thanks to its sophisticated, confidently stylish yet dynamic design.
In overall impression, the elongated bonnet coupled with a coupé-like roof flowing into a sensual, broad-shouldered tail end creates an exciting silhouette. The powerfully extended vehicle body of the new E-Class is characterized by short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large wheels and taut well-defined flanks displaying a fresh, stylish and dynamic interpretation of the feature line.
The new E-Class shows a muscular front end that boasts a different look for each design and equipment line. The Exclusive line features the classic Mercedes radiator grille with the star on the bonnet while the Avantgarde line is identifiable by the sports radiator grille with a large Mercedes star as its centerpiece.
From the rear, broad shoulders above the rear wheel arches lend the E-Class its unmistakably powerful character. Single-piece tail lights featuring a two-bar design framed by the vehicle body clearly identify the E-Class as a new member of the Mercedes family. The tail lights provide an additional highlight reminiscent of stardust, the Milky Way or the glow of a jet engine. This crystal optic is created by innovative reflector technology with a specially configured surface structure for the tail lights and is making its debut appearance in the new E-Class.
The interior of the new E-Class embodies the synthesis of emotion and intelligence, with two next-generation high-resolution displays, each with a wide screen diagonal of 12.3 inches, unique in this segment. The instrument clusterc contains a large display with virtual instruments in the direct field of vision of the driver as well as a central display above the center console. There are three selectable modes: “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive”.
As the entire cockpit is fully digital, the driver is free to configure the information and views and thus create their own personal cockpit. At the same time, the multifunction steering wheel receives unique touch control buttons in the control panels on the left and right. With this, the instrument cluster and multimedia system can be intuitively operated with horizontal and vertical swiping movements of the finger like a smartphone interface.
Further controls for the infotainment system are provided in the shape of a Touchpad with Controller in the center console, which can even recognise handwriting, and the LINGUATRONIC voice control system. There are also direct-access buttons for controlling functions such as the air-conditioning system or, in another first, for convenient activation and deactivation of certain driving assistance systems. Furthermore, a new, intelligent graphic design with high-resolution visualizations and animations, together with a simplified logic, further enhances this all-new operating experience.
High-quality materials define the E-Class’ interior style. They include open-pore wood, optionally leather-covered doors and the beltline, leather and nappa leather materials, and color concept with various shades of brown and attractive color combinations such as nut brown/black and macchiato beige/brown.
The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. The same applies to the enhanced ambient lighting included in the lines. With 64 colors, it offers a host of possibilities for personalization.
An all-new infotainment generation is making its debut in the E-Class equipped with COMAND Online. Its highlights, alongside the double display, include the touch-sensitive Touch Controls on the steering wheel and the new, intelligent graphic design of the Multifunction Telephony. It allows mobile phones to be charged and, at the same time, connected to the vehicle’s exterior aerial, with absolutely no need for cables or a telephone holder. Seamless connectivity is also possible for CarpLay and Android Auto.
Fitted as standard, the Mercedes-Benz-developed Frontbass system in the new E Class delivers a unique listening experience. It uses the space in the cross-member and side member of the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers. The Burmester surround sound system with 13 high-performance speakers is precisely configured for the vehicle interior to ensure a well-balanced and very dynamic music reproduction that treats the occupants to an impressive listening experience.
Three variants are made available for the new E-Class, the E 200 Avantgarde Line, E 250 Avantgarde Line and E 250 Exclusive Line. All variants are fitted with 2.0-liter four inline engines, paired to the new 9G TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. Power output and torque vary from 184 hp – 211 hp and 300 – 350 Nm.
The suspension on the new E-Class offers agile driving pleasure on twisting roads as well as the highest level of ride comfort in this segment. All variants come with AGILITY CONTROL suspension with selective damping system and lowering to ensure a well-balanced ride comfort on any road surface. Additionally, a DYNAMIC SELECT switch in the cockpit enables the driver to select from four modes: “Comfort”, “ECO”, “Sport” and “Sport +”. The additional “Individual” option allows drivers to configure their vehicle to suit their own preferences.
Mercedes-Benz’s new assistance and safety systems in the new E-Class are top-notch; they include Active Brake Assist with crossing pedestrians, ATTENTION ASSIST, PRE-SAFE system and PRE-SAFE Sound, Parking Pilot that works in tandem with the reverse camera and Active Parking Assist PARKTRONIC, and the Multibeam LED headlights.
The new E-Class is all about structural integrity, thanks to a super stiff body that forms the basis for exceptional handling, astonishingly low noise and vibration levels, and a high level of crash safety.
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class retails at RM 348,888 for the E 200 Avantgarde Line, RM RM 378,888 for the E 250 Avantgarde and RM 383,888 for the E250 Exclusive. All prices don’t include insurance. Mercedes-Benz financing is applicable for the new E-Class, find out more at your nearest Mercedes-Benz dealership.