|The tenth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a new version which is more sophisticated, stylish and dynamic. The design of the new E-Class is characterized by hallmark Mercedes saloon proportions.|
The elongated bonnet coupled with a coupé-like roof flowing into a sensual, broad-shouldered rear 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.
The new E-Class clearly shows a muscular front end that boasts a different look for each design and equipment line. The base version features the classic Mercedes radiator grille with the star on the bonnet, as does the EXCLUSIVE line; albeit in an even more elaborate fashion. The AVANTGARDE and AMG Line models are identifiable by the sports radiator grille with a large Mercedes star as its centerpiece.
At the rear end, broad shoulders above the rear wheel arches lend the E-Class its unmistakably powerful character. Single-piece rear lights featuring a two-bar design framed by the vehicle body clearly identify the E-Class as a new member of the Mercedes saloon family. Optionally, the rear lights provide an additional highlight reminiscent of stardust or the glow of a jet engine.
In dimensions, the new E-Class’ wheelbase length has grown by 65 millimeters (2939/2874), its overall length by 43 mm (4923/4880). The resulting increase in space is to the benefit of all passengers. The basis for agile handling characteristics is provided by an increased track width (extra 20 mm at the front, extra 7 mm at the rear).
The interior of the new E-Class embodies the synthesis of emotion and intelligence. Optional extras include two brilliant next-generation high-resolution displays, each with a wide screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. Beneath their shared glass cover, the two displays visually conflate into a wide-screen cockpit that seems to be hovering in thin air, creating a central element that emphasizes the horizontal orientation of the interior.
As the instrument cluster, the wide-screen cockpit 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. The driver can choose between three different styles to select their preferred look for the wide-screen instrument cluster: “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive”. As the entire cockpit is fully digital, the driver is free to configure the information and views of relevance for them and thus create their own personal cockpit. Other interior highlights include steering with touch-sensitive controls, touchpad with controller in center console, the LINGUATRONIC voice control system, LED lighting, Burmester high end 3D Surround sound system (optional) and direct-access buttons for the air-conditioning, as well as first-class seat designs and intelligent graphic design with high-resolution visualizations and animations.
At launch, the E 200 model of the new E-Class will be available with a four-cylinder petrol engine while the E 220 d will be powered by an all-new four-cylinder diesel engine. The E 350 d with six-cylinder diesel will follow in the second quarter of the year. Further model variants will be added to the range after the market launch, including the E 350 e featuring hybrid technology.
Further newcomers will be the E 300 rated at 180 kW (245 hp) with a torque of 370 Nm as well as the E 400 4MATIC, whose six-cylinder petrol engine will deliver 245 kW (333 hp) with a torque of 480 Nm. Further variants will later complete the engine range, including a new four-cylinder diesel unit developing 110 kW (150 hp). The range of petrol engines will comprise four-cylinder versions with outputs ranging from 135 to 180 kW (183 to 245 hp) plus a six-cylinder variant developing 245 kW (333 hp).
All models available at market launch are equipped as standard with the new 9G TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. It enables fast gear changes and allows low engine revs, which has a particularly beneficial effect on efficiency and noise levels.
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. Steel suspension is standard for the E-Class. Three suspensions with selective damping are available in conjunction with this system: AGILITY CONTROL suspension, DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL and AIR BODY CONTROL. Alternatively the new E-Class can be equipped with multi-chamber air suspension all round, the only car in its segment to offer this option. With DYNAMIC SELECT switch in the cockpit, the driver can select from four AIR BODY CONTROL modes: “Comfort”, “ECO”, “Sport” and “Sport +”. The additional “Individual” option allows the driver to configure the vehicle to suit own preferences.
Mercedes-Benz’s new assistance and safety systems enhance safety, comfort and driver assistance to new levels; the suite include: Active Brake Assist, ATTENTION Assist, Crosswind Assist, and options comprise of DRIVE PILOT with Distance Pilot DISTRONIC, Active Lane-change Assistant, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, PRE-SAFE PLUS, and a range of newer features such as; Remote Parking Pilot, Car-to-X communication, PRE-SAFE Impulse Side, PRE-SAFE Sound, High-resolution MULTIBEAM LED headlights and Digital Vehicle Key.
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a starting price of 45,303.30 euros, which is slightly higher than its predecessor. The new E-Class is scheduled for dealerships in Europe from April onwards.