Mercedes-Benz New E-Class: The Dashing Beast

Story By
Aditya Purwanto

Mercedes-Benz introduces the new E-Class model, dubbed the E250 and E300. Both will be powered by the same 2 litre engine with the latter model receiving a special treatment by AMG.

Locally assembled at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wanaherang, the tenth-generation executive saloon delivers stylish highlights with its distinct, emotive design and high-grade, exclusive interior, taking a big step into the future. This new E-Class also marks the premiere of numerous technical innovations. Enabling comfortable, safe driving on a new level plus a new dimension in driver assistance – among other things. The vehicle comes complete with infotainment and control systems offering an all-new experience.

The new E-Class is sophisticated, confidently stylish and dynamic. Compared with its predecessor, its wheelbase length has grown by 65 millimetres (2939/2874), and its overall length by 43 millimetres (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 millimetres at the front, extra 7 millimetres at the rear). With minor exceptions, the boot capacity has been maintained at the excellent level of the previous model.

The design of the new E-Class is characterised by hallmark Mercedes saloon proportions. The elongated bonnet coupled with a coupé-esque roof flowing into a sensual, broad-shouldered tail end creates an exciting silhouette. Short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large wheels and taut well-defined flanks displaying a fresh, stylish and dynamic interpretation of the feature line identify the powerfully extended vehicle body. It therefore systematically embodies the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of "sensual purity".

The new E-Class clearly shows a muscular front end that boasts a different look for each design and equipment line. 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 taillights featuring a two-bar design framed by the vehicle body clearly identify the E-Class as a new member of the Mercedes saloon family. The taillights provide an additional highlight reminiscent of the glow of a jet engine. This crystal optic is created by innovative reflector technology with a specially configured surface structure for the taillights and is making its debut appearance in the new E-Class.

An outstandingly stiff body forms the basis for exceptional handling, astonishingly low noise and vibration levels, and a high level of crash safety. To achieve this, the engineers opted for a bodyshell with a far higher proportion of aluminium and ultra-high-strength steel components than its predecessor. The front wings, bonnet, boot lid, and large sections of the front and rear ends are made of sheet or cast aluminium. This lightweight design reduces fuel consumption and makes for tangibly sporty and agile vehicle handling.

The interior of the new E-Class embodies the synthesis of emotion and intelligence. The standard equipment includes two brilliant next-generation high-resolution displays, each with a wide screen diagonal of 12.3 inches (31.2 cm) – unique in this segment. Beneath their shared glass cover, the two displays visually conflate into a wide-screen cockpit, creating a central element that emphasizes the horizontal orientation of the interior design. 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. The driver can choose between three different styles to select their personalized look for the wide-screen instrument cluster: "Classic", "Sport" and "Progressive".

The steering wheel features touch-sensitive Touch Controls, like a smartphone interface, they respond precisely to horizontal and vertical swiping movements, allowing the driver to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. This allows minimum driver distraction to be achieved.

High-quality materials define the interior style. Including aluminium trapeze cut trim for Avantgarde Line and open-pore ash-tree black woods for the AMG Line. For the E 300 with AMG Line, the use of authentic materials is continued in the ARTICO leather-covered doors and the beltline. Fully electric seat with memory package also comes with a novel electric seat cushion depth adjustment offering an adjustment travel of 60 mm as a one-part cushion without gap. The package also includes 4-way lumbar support and electronic head restraint adjustment. The controls for seat adjustment, heating and seat ventilation are integrated in the door panel. The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. With 64-colors ambient lighting, it offers a host of possibilities for personalization.

At launch, the new E-Class will be available with two four-cylinder petrol engines. The two-litre engine of the E 250 with Avantgarde Line develops 155 kW (211 hp) and the power output of the E 300 with AMG Line is rated at 180 kW (245 hp) with a torque of 370 newton metres. All engines for the new E-Class are equipped with the ECO start/stop function and meet the requirements of the EU 6 emissions standard. All models 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 fuel efficiency and engine noise levels.

The suspension on the new E-Class comes with steel suspension with AGILITY CONTROL selective damping as standard, offering agile driving pleasure on twisty roads as well as the highest level of ride comfort in this segment. Active Brake Assist is fitted as standard which is able to warn the driver of impending collisions, provide optimum support with emergency braking and if necessary also autonomously apply the brakes. Likewise included as standard are ATTENTION ASSIST with adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness, and Crosswind Assist, which can assist the driver by substantially reducing the effects of strong crosswinds to prevent the vehicle from drifting too far off track.

To make parking easier, the E 300 with AMG Line comes standard with Parking Pilot with 360o camera and full HD display, making all-round vision possible by the reversing cameras and three other additional cameras. The Parking Pilot with PARKTRONIC Parking Assist and reversing camera makes it easier to find and choose a parking space and also to enter or leave parallel or end-on parking spaces. It automatically maneuvers the vehicle into the selected parking space and can steer and brake if an obstacle is detected.

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. The wireless, inductive charging system works with all mobile devices that either support the Qi standard or can be upgraded to this standard. It is also possible to use Apple's smartphone-based infotainment system CarPlay® as well as Google's Android Auto™.

The new E 300 with AMG Line comes standard with the Burmester® surround sound system for superior listening pleasure. It drives 14 speakers with a 9-channel DSP amplifier and a total system power of 590 watts. All the speakers are additionally optimized for performance with the premium sound system. With all that contained in the body of the new E-Class, the beast will add a fresh drive to the business class and intensify the motoring pleasure.