The most intelligent executive sedan – the New E-Class

2016-06-09 06:00
The new E-Class. Photo: supplied

The new E-Class. Photo: supplied

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MERCEDES-BENZ is taking a big step into the future with the new E-Class. The tenth-generation executive saloon delivers stylish highlights with its distinct, emotive design and high-grade, exclusive interior.

This new E-Class also introduces numerous technical innovations that enable comfortable, safe driving on a new level plus a new dimension in driver assistance.

The vehicle comes complete with infotainment and control systems offering an all-new experience. Likewise exemplary: an entirely newly developed diesel engine sets efficiency benchmarks in this segment in conjunction with lightweight construction and optimum aerodynamic figures.

An optional new multi-chamber air suspension system additionally ensures outstanding ride comfort together with first-class driving dynamics. The sum total of its innovations, makes the E-Class the most intelligent sedan in the executive class.

The new E-Class is sophisticated, confidently stylish and dynamic.

Compared with its predecessor, its wheelbase length has grown by 65 millimetres (2939/2874), its overall length by 43 millimetres (4923/4880). The resulting increase in space is to the benefit of all passengers.

The design of the new E-Classis characterised by hallmark Mercedes sedan proportions. The elongated bonnet coupled with a coupé-esque roof flowing into a sensual, broad-shouldered tail end creates an exciting silhouette.

The new E-Class clearly shows a muscular front end that boasts a different look for each design and equipment line. The base version features the classic Mercedes-Benz radiator grille with the star on the bonnet, as does the EXCLUSIVE line – albeit in an even more elaborate fashion. The AVANTGARDE and AMG Line models are identifiable by the sports radiator grille with a large Mercedes-Benz star as its centrepiece. Each of the radiator grille designs lends the E-Class a distinct character – elegant and with an emphasis on status or dynamically elegant – offering a unique degree of diversity that makes each different model stand out.

The interior of the new E-Class embodies the synthesis of emotion and intelligence.

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 centre console. The driver can choose between three different styles to select their preferred look for the wide-screen instrument cluster: “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive”. As the entire cockpit is fully digital, the driver is free to configure the information and views of relevance for them and thus create their own personal cockpit.

In a first for a car, 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.

In keeping with the motto “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road“, this allows minimum driver distraction to be achieved.

All engines for the new E-Class are equipped with the ECO start/stop function. The petrol engines meet the requirements of the EU 6 emissions standard, while the new OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine is already configured with future RDE limits in mind.

The new four-cylinder diesel unit marks the birth of a new Mercedes-Benz engine family and opens-up new dimensions in efficiency. What’s more, it is shorter and more compact than its predecessor thanks to reduced cylinder spacing (90 mm instead of 94 mm).

Despite having a lower displacement than its predecessor, reduced to just under two litres, the new diesel powerplant has an output of 143 kW and, when installed in the E 220 d, delivers an NEDC combined consumption from 3.9 litres per 100 kilometres, which equates to CO2 emissions from 112 grams per kilometre – a figure that until now only significantly smaller vehicles have been able to deliver.

Furthermore, the four-cylinder engine with single-stage turbocharging and variable turbine geometry is exceptionally refined. Both the cylinder head and the crankcase are made of aluminium. The Mercedes-Benz-developed NANOSLIDE® surface coating efficiently reduces the friction between cylinder surface and steel piston.

Next-generation driving assistance systems

In addition to slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing the danger zone ahead of the vehicle. 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.

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.

The new E-Class is available from R707100 (E 200). The E 220 d is available at R759 100 and the E 350 d R946 300. All three models are available in showrooms as of June 2016.

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This new E-Class also introduces numerous technical innovations that enable comfortable, safe driving on a new level plus a new dimension in driver assistance.

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