New functions, updated design for latest evolution of Mercedes-Benz E-Class range

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New functions, updated design for latest evolution of Mercedes-Benz E-Class range

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the best-selling model series in the company’s history and perceived by many as “the heart of the brand”. Now the much-loved range, including Sedan, Coupé and Cabriolet models plus Mercedes-AMG variants, is dressed in a sharper suit and incorporates exciting new technologies.

Refined road presence has always been a hallmark of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range and that impression is only strengthened by key external revisions that reinforce its status as a flagship of confident sportiness and exclusive elegance.

All models are fitted as standard with the sports-themed AMG Line exterior treatment featuring AMG-inspired body styling, such as the 19-inch AMG 10-spoke alloy wheels on E 200 and E 300 e models, while the E 300 model sports 20-inch AMG Multi-Spoke alloys.

Newly contoured headlights, plus a revised radiator grille and front bumper, announce a meaningful style update. For Sedan models, sleek new-generation taillights, a new rear bumper and new boot lid further enhance the already dynamic stance.

Technology to the fore

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is now equipped with the comprehensive and intuitive MBUX multimedia system, which can be actuated via spoken commands, using the centre 12.3-inch digital touchscreen in the widescreen cockpit array, via a swipe-and-tap controller embedded in the steering wheel, or using the touchpad between the front seats.

Each model in the range is equipped with a new, comprehensively digitalised generation of steering wheel, integrating an array of controllers – plus, for the first time in a Mercedes-Benz, “hands-on detection” is enabled via sensor mats integrated into the steering wheel rim. It is the high-tech command centre of the E-Class, which enables the driver to steer precisely and, at the same time, comfortably and safely operate numerous comfort and assistance systems via capacitive touch panels.

Another new feature is MBUX Interior Assistant, which is standard on the Mercedes-Benz E 63 S 4MATIC+ model and optionally available on other models (excluding Cabriolets) as part of the Innovation Package. Interior Assist allows actuation of some cabin functions by intuitively detecting hand movements from either the driver or passenger using a camera in the overhead console. For example, a hand gesture toward the centre touchscreen can change the media display or highlight individual elements. Or, a reading lamp can be switched on by extending a hand towards the interior mirror.

An Augmented Reality display is able to be specified for the first time when the optional Vision Package and Innovation Package are selected (standard on E 63 S 4MATIC+ models). Augmented Reality intuitively overlays navigational signals and key driving assistance information directly onto a forward camera view displayed on the central navigation screen. One example would be to assist the driver to navigate a complex road junction by overlaying the camera view with easy-to-follow virtual signals.

Every E-Class model also comes with the Driving Assistance Package Plus as standard, including Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, which can maintain a steady distance behind the vehicle in front, and Active Stop-and-Go Assist, which at speeds of up to 60 km/h can maintain a pre-set distance even in traffic that comes to a stop and is stationary for up to 60 seconds. The comprehensive safety package also includes Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic detection, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Evasive Steering Assist and Route-Based Speed Adaptation.

Mercedes-Benz E 200

The Mercedes-Benz E 200 is available in Sedan and Coupé variants, each powered by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine sending 145 kW and 320 Nm to the rear wheels via a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission.

All E 200 variants are fitted with Active Parking Assist PARKTRONIC, a 360° camera, the Mercedes me Connect app that enables a suite of functions to be activated or checked from a linked smartphone, smartphone integration, wireless phone charging for compatible devices, ambient interior lighting with 64 colours, and heated and electrically adjustable front seats with three memory settings in Artico or leather (E 200 Coupé) upholstery.

Also standard is AGILITY CONTROL suspension with passive selective damping system, dark-tinted privacy glass from the B-pillar to the rear, Keyless Go and keyless start, hands-free access to the boot, and LED high-performance headlights with Adaptive High-Beam Assist.

Mercedes-Benz E 300

In addition to the comprehensive specification fitted to E 200 models, the Mercedes-Benz E 300 upgrades to leather upholstery across the range, and adds AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension, MULTIBEAM LED headlights with 84 individually controlled LEDs, and metallic paintwork.

A 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is paired with a 9G-TRONIC auto and generates 190 kW and 370 Nm. The E 300 specification is available in Sedan, Coupé and Cabriolet models.

Mercedes-Benz E 300 e

Available exclusively in the Sedan variant, the Mercedes-Benz E 300 e provides a petrol-electric hybrid alternative to the well-specified E 300. A 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (155 kW/350 Nm) is supplemented by a plug-in electric motor (90 kW/440 Nm) via the same 9G-TRONIC auto. Total system output is 235 kW/700Nm. With the onboard battery topped up using the standard Type 2 charging cable, a combined cycle fuel economy figure of 2.2 litres per 100 km (ADR) is possible.

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+

The Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ has been keenly priced to create an even more accessible entry point to Mercedes-AMG performance for E-Class customers. Packing a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, it pumps out 320 kW and 520 Nm, with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed auto and 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive, with up to 16kW and 250Nm of further electrical assistance. The E 53 – in Sedan, Coupé and Cabriolet versions – is more attractive than ever.

Additional to the E 300 specification, the E 53 adds Nappa leather upholstery, front sports seats and a sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section, a heads-up display with virtual windscreen projection, AMG sports pedals, a 13-speaker Burmester surround sound system and a panoramic glass sunroof.

A sports braking system adds larger brake discs with front discs perforated, while speed-sensitive sports steering, a selectable AMG Performance exhaust system, a bootlid spoiler lip and 20-inch, 5 twin-spoke black alloy wheels are also standard.

Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+

Available solely as a Sports Sedan, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ turns up the wick on performance even further via the potent 4.0-litre bi-turbo petrol V8 pumping out 450 kW and 850 Nm via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed auto and 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive.

Added to the E 53 specification are climatised (heated/cooled) front seats featuring Seat Heating Plus and the Active Multicontour Seat Package, heated outer rear seats, heated front armrest, tri-zone climate control, ENERGIZING Comfort Control and AIR-BALANCE air filtering package, AMG-specific steering wheel selector buttons, an AMG Track Pace data logger, an MBUX Interior Assistant adding a gesture control function, the MBUX Augmented Reality system for intuitive navigation, and power-closing doors.

Performance enhancements include an AMG rear-axle limited-slip differential, an active dynamic engine mount and bi-colour AMG 20-inch 5 twin-spoke black alloy wheels.

Pricing

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class range will be available for sale with the following pricing:

Mercedes-Benz E 200 Sedan       $96,900 (MRLP)

Mercedes-Benz E 200 Coupé       $101,900 (MRLP)

Mercedes-Benz E 300 Sedan       $117,900 (MRLP)

Mercedes-Benz E 300 Coupé       $117,400 (MRLP)

Mercedes-Benz E 300 Cabriolet       $130,900 (MRLP)

Mercedes-Benz E 300 e Sedan       $121,400 (MRLP)

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Sedan       $159,900 (MRLP)

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé       $162,400 (MRLP)

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Cabriolet       $170,900 (MRLP)

Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Sedan       $250,400 (MRLP)

The price listed is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP).


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