2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class: Setting new standards
Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the all-new fifth-generation E-Class at the on-going 2016 North American International Motor Show in Detroit. Apart from numerous technical innovations, the new E-Class boasts lightweight design and record-breaking aerodynamics figures, along with a newly developed diesel engine, setting new standards for efficiency.
Let’s start with the technological aspects of the new E-Class. The ‘Drive Pilot’ semi-autonomous driving feature, for instance, can drive the car on its own on highways at speeds up to 210 kmph. There is no need for the driver to accelerate or brake while on autonomous drive, although he might need to take up steering control at speeds beyond 130 kmph. The system syncs with the navigational system for real-time updates on speed limits. Other fanciful tech features includes remote parking pilot system using smartphone app and Car-to-X communication, a car-to-car networking feature.
When it comes to the design, the 2017 E-Class has clearly taken cues from its big-brother – the S-Class. The elongated bonnet coupled with a coupé-esque roof flowing into serene tail gives the car an adorable sillhoutte. Multi-beam LED headlamps with 84 individually controlled LEDs each and “stardust effect” taillights are optional features available with the Daimler’s new business saloon. The interiors has taken a huge leap in terms of modern design and quality, on the lines of the S-Class again. The steering wheel comes with with touch-sensitive control buttons. A Burmester 3D surround audio system and a 64-colour cabin illumination ambient lighting package is also on the list.
The new E-Class will be offered with a range of four combustion engines along with a plug-in-hybrid version. The European-spec models with get 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol (E 200) and diesel units (E 220d), both mated to a 9-speed auto gearbox, producing 184 hp and 195 hp respectively. The E 350 d trim will feature a 3.0-litre V6 diesel developing 258 hp and 620 Nm of torque, while the E 400 4MATIC verison will feature a 6-cylinder petrol engine that produces 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque. Mercedes will also introduce E 350 e plug-in-hybrid which has a 4-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor, and a battery pack.
The new E-Class is likely to reach the Indian showrooms by the end of this year as CBU, with local assembly starting in 2017. Mercedes is also reported to be working on a long-wheelbase variant of the new E-Class for markets like India and China.