- The new business Benz drives almost by itself
- Now with a big star
- Anticipation of the S-Class
- V6 with bi-turbo
The new business Benz drives almost by itself
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It was once the most successful business sedan in the world, but currently the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series are selling better. That should change with the new E-Class.
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With new headlights, less lush contours and one …
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… less sweeping rear end blows Daimler to hunt down the competition. The E-Class, here the 300 BlueTec Hybrid version, has a new corset analogous to the C-Class…t missed it.
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In addition to the change of course in terms of design, the E-Class is equipped with numerous assistance systems. They will also be introduced in the new S-Class.
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You can also see the new lines in the station wagon version. The so-called character line rises gently from the lower edge of the doors …
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… replaces the broad hip swing of the first edition.
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Upon request, the E-Class can be delivered with the “big star” of the Stuttgart coupes and sports cars.
With the facelift of the E-Class, Mercedes wants to return to its former glory. The assistance systems ensure safety and comfort and are an anticipation of the S-Class. There is also an XXL star on offer.
S.he was once the most successful business sedan in the world. But now the star of the Mercedes E-Class has lost a lot of radiance. The design is controversial, the engines are only partially competitive and the electronics are half a generation behind – the Audi A6 and BMW Funfer have clearly outstripped the Swabians recently.
In Germany, for example, in the first nine months there were at least 36,000 five-vehicles and even 43,000 A6 for 28,000 E-Classes. But now the Swabians are pulling the rip cord and are countering what is supposedly the most extensive model upgrade of all time: A thorough facelift with the option of a second face, new engines and an army of new assistance systems should make the E-Class a fixed star in company fleets around the world.
Sedans and station wagons as well as coupes, convertibles and AMG models will make their public debut at the Detroit motor show at the beginning of January. The sale at estimated prices of around 42,000 euros for the sedan and 45,000 euros for the station wagon begins in the spring.
Now with a big star
The linchpin of the facelift is the design, which many customers criticized for being too baroque and sluggish. This is one of the reasons why the E-Class is now given a second face, analogous to the C-Class, and can be delivered with the so-called big star of the Stuttgart coupes and sports cars on request. Then a huge star is emblazoned between the two lamellas of the radiator grille, which arches far outwards. Alternatively, there is still the classic face with three ribs in the grill and the small star on top of the cooler.
Regardless of which variant you choose: you always get the more strongly contoured bonnet and the new headlights with two angular, pointed light hooks that are intended to make the Benz unmistakable for business even at night. This play of light is reflected in the rear lights, which have also been modified.
And Mercedes has even touched the flank and pressed a new character line into the sheet metal. It rises gently from the lower edge of the doors and replaces the broad sweep of the hips that design chief Gorden Wagener had driven into the waist in the first edition.
Anticipation of the S-Class
In addition to the change of course in the design, the update for the E-Class is primarily an electronic upgrade. That is why the sedan and station wagon are anticipating a dozen new assistance systems that will also be available in the next S-Class this summer. In the future, the E-Class will also detect, defuse or avoid intersection accidents with crossing traffic, brake for pedestrians, pay attention to oncoming traffic when changing lanes and drive permanently with high beam without dazzling other vehicles.
More emotion in the design, more intelligence in the electronics and more efficiency in the motors. That’s why the Swabians are getting down to business again under the hood and whipping up the range of drives. With a total of five diesels from the E 200 with 136 hp to the E 350 with 252 hp, everything remains the same. And the E 300 Hybrid, with its stingy consumption of 4.1 liters of diesel, is also known from the first half of the runtime.
V6 with bi-turbo
But a lot is happening with the gasoline engines: the base of the E 200 with 184 and the E 250 with 211 hp is for the first time a four-cylinder turbo direct injection engine. It reduces consumption to 5.8 liters and makes the E-Class the first sedan in this league to achieve energy efficiency class A. Above that ranks the well-known 3.5-liter V6, which has 252 hp in the E 300 and still 306 hp in the E 350.
A new feature is a V6 direct injection engine with bi-turbo, which in the E 400 has a displacement of three liters for 333 hp. The top is still marked by the E 500 with 408 hp, above which only the different power levels of the E 63 AMG come – but Mercedes communication has saved its own slice of salami and will therefore only reveal the details later.
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