2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior_3 Mercedes-Benz is taking a big step into the future with numerous interior innovations for the popular E-Class. Two of the worthy interior refinements include wide high-resolution next-generation dual display and touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering.

The touch sensitive control switches allow the driver to access the infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering. The all-new experience is rounded off by a novel, intelligent graphic design with high-resolution visualizations and animations as well as simplified control logic. At the same time, the occupants enjoy a sensual interior with spacious architecture and high-quality materials.

The eye-catcher in the comfort-oriented, luxurious interior of the new E-Class is two displays each with a 31.2 cm (12.3-inch) screen diagonal and a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels. These merge visually to form a wide-screen cockpit, thus acting as a central element to emphasize the horizontal bias of the interior design of the new E-Class.

As the instrument cluster, this 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. A common glass cover results in a modern flat-screen look. The driver can choose between three different styles to select their preferred screen design for the wide-screen instrument cluster: “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive”.

The wide-screen instrument cluster is optionally available with COMAND Online. Instead, the entry-level model of the new E-Class combines two tube-type round dials and a 17.8 cm color display cluster (1000 x 600-pixel resolution) with a central display with a 21.3 cm screen diagonal (960 x 540-pixel resolution). The round dials, instrument cluster and central display are installed in a single frame with a high-gloss piano-lacquer look.

The driver can adapt the content of the central display to suit their personal preferences. With the exception of the navigation map (which always fills the complete display area), the graphic content of the central display of COMAND Online is divided into a main area for informative graphics and animations (2/3 on the right side of the display) and a supplementary area (1/3 on the left side of the display).

The display can be backlit at night with multi-color ambience lighting – which then makes the wide-screen cockpit appear to float in space. In a further innovation, the new E-Class is the first ever car to integrate touch control buttons in the spokes of the multifunction steering wheel. Like the surface of a smartphone, the buttons are touch-sensitive and therefore respond precisely to horizontal and vertical finger swipes.

A further input option, familiar from the C-Class, is offered by the touchpad on the center console. This, too, allows all functions to be controlled by single or multi-finger gestures (multitouch).  Additionally, the E-Class’ a/c system and certain driver assistance systems can be accessed by direct buttons.

With its design skewed towards a sense of space, the interior of the E-Class combines the elegance of the luxury class with the cultivated sportiness of the C Class. The design idiom of the new business saloon is characterized by an interplay of strong solid bodies with sculptural surfaces and an avant-garde clarity and extensiveness of control and display zones. This gives form to an expression of emotion & intelligence, a wholly unique, contrast-rich Mercedes-Benz design language that optimally reflects the design philosophy of “Sensual Purity”.

Depending on the transmission, the E-Class comes with two differently designed center consoles. Versions with automatic transmission have a straight-through center console, with dynamically rising, sportily high connection to the cockpit, by a control panel in a “Black Panel” glass look. Other controls, such as in the doors, also feature the “Black Panel” look. Versions with manual transmission are provided with a center console in the form of two separate trim parts.

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