Sketch of the interior of the future Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Next Level Interior Design for the future E-Class.

With the interior of the future E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is breaking new ground. A new control experience meets high-quality materials and spacious architecture.

  • Next Level Interior Design for the future E-Class.

  • View of the interior of the future Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

    A big step into the future.

    Mercedes-Benz is taking a big step into the future with numerous innovations in the future E-Class, including in terms of the design of the interior, which features a wide high-resolution next-generation dual display (12.3 inches per display) that appears to hover in space. In addition, touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel make their first appearance in a car. They allow the driver to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The all-new experience is rounded off by a novel, intelligent graphic design with high-resolution visualisations and animations as well as simplified control logic. At the same time, the occupants enjoy a sensual interior with spacious architecture and high-quality materials.

    Eye-catching dual display.

    The eye-catcher in the comfort-oriented, luxurious interior of the future E-Class is two displays each with a 31.2 cm (12.3-inch) screen diagonal and a resolution of 1,920 x 720 pixels. These merge visually to form a wide-screen cockpit, thus acting as a central element to emphasise the horizontal bias 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 a central display above the centre console. A common glass cover results in a modern flat-screen look. The driver can choose between three different styles to select their preferred screen design: “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive”.

    Two designers working on the 1:1 model of the interior of the future E-Class with its dual display.

    The wide-screen instrument cluster is optionally available with COMAND Online. Instead, the entry-level model combines two tube-type round dials and a 17.8 cm colour display cluster (1,000 x 600-pixel resolution) with a central display with a 21.3 cm screen diagonal (960 x 540-pixel resolution). The driver can adapt the content of the central display to suit their personal preferences.

    View of the interior of the future Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Touch control buttons are integrated into the spokes of the multifunction steering wheel.

    Touch control buttons in the spokes of the steering wheel.

    The future E-Class is the first ever car to integrate touch control buttons in the spokes of the multifunction steering wheel. Like the surface of a smartphone, the buttons are touch-sensitive and therefore respond precisely to horizontal and vertical finger swipes. This enables the driver to control every function of the infotainment system in a simple, logical and intuitive manner without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. Having selected the desired function with a swipe, the driver presses the appropriate touch control button to trigger the function.

    A further input option, familiar from the C-Class, is offered by the touchpad on the centre console. This, too, allows all functions to be controlled by single or multi-finger gestures (multitouch). It also permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered as handwriting. In addition, the driver can use the COMAND Controller and LINGUATRONIC voice control to control the infotainment system. The driver can choose at any time which input method they prefer. Additionally control by direct button is possible.

    Making information intuitively ascertainable.

    The goal in developing the all-new control and display concept was to closely unite intuitiveness of use with functionally expressive yet attractive design. The result is that passengers in the E-Class can enjoy a new control experience with high-resolution visualisations and animations. The developers have focused on the use of newly implemented presentation and display techniques to make it easier – i.e. more intuitive – for the driver to register and experience information. For example, animated displays are used to show the mode of action of assistance systems, or of DYNAMIC SELECT.

    Two designers contemplate a monitor together. On it visualisations like those that will be available in the future Mercedes-Benz E-Class can be seen.

    Mercedes-Benz has set up two new departments to address the digital future: 'Digital Graphic & Corporate Design' and 'User Interaction'. These centres are closely networked for designing the control and display concepts. This is because, alongside the workplace and private environment, the vehicle interior is increasingly becoming a 'third place', a living area in which passengers wish to enjoy contemporary luxury.

    View of the interior of the future Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

    The interior as an expression of emotion and intelligence.

    With its design bias towards a sense of space, the interior of the future E-Class combines the elegance of the luxury class with the cultivated sportiness of the C-Class. The design idiom of the new business saloon is characterised by an interplay of strong solid bodies with sculptural surfaces and an avant-garde clarity and extensiveness of control and display zones. This gives form to an expression of emotion and intelligence, a wholly unique, contrast-rich Mercedes-Benz design language that optimally reflects the design philosophy of “Sensual Purity”. The horizontal, low-lying trim part of the instrument panel with its elegantly sweeping form and flowing lines creates a visual sense of space with a formal calm. The wrap-around of the wave motion into the door linings provides a continuation of the horizontal emphasis on width with timeless sweeping forms. This is typical of the design of Mercedes-Benz saloons from the C-Class to the S-Class.

    High-grade materials define the style.

    High-grade materials define the both sporty and elegant style of the interior. They include open-pore woods, wood in a yachting look with flowing lines as a contemporary interpretation of inlaid wood and a novel metal fabric. The use of authentic materials is continued in the leather-covered doors and the beltline for selected lines. Typical of Mercedes is the high-quality look and feel thanks to meticulous, detailed design and craftsmanship. Just as carefully composed is the material/colour concept. This allows a personalised interior design.

    The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. The same applies to the optionally available enhanced ambience lighting. With
 64 colours, it offers a host of possibilities for personalisation.

    View of the front and rear seats of the future Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

    First class seats and concert hall sound.

    A further highlight of the future E-Class is its seats, which create an ergonomic, sculptural impression with their torso form, uniting Mercedes-Benz’s typical suitability for long journeys with a refined, sporty look. The seats are designed differently depending on the line. As standard, the Frontbass system delivers a special listening experience. It uses the space in the cross-member and side member of the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers. If the vehicle is additionally equipped with the optionally available Burmester® high end 3D surround sound system, the occupants are treated to a listening experience reminiscent of the acoustics in a concert hall. This is because it uses amongst other things four roof speakers. The effect: reflections, which come off the ceiling in a concert hall, are incorporated in the same authentic manner into the sound design of the E-Class. As in the S-Class, the sound can be optimally adjusted for every seat position using the so-called VIP setting.

    Distinctively designed headlamps.

    The intelligence of the future E-Class is also reflected in the headlamps. A characteristic element is the double eyebrow of the reinterpreted front lights. The face of the vehicle is shaped by distinctive headlamps with a clear-lens design. The optional LED High Performance headlamps give the saloon a majestically focused look while featuring an unmistakable design, also by day, with double torch and high-quality modelled details. A striking feature is the integration of the brand-typical corporate design in the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps.

    Design sketch of a headlamp of the future Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

    Following the inner contour, it gives a distinctive note to the direction indicators, Coming Home lights, side lights and daytime running lamps. The result is that, in both their night and day design, the Mercedes-Benz models are uniquely identifiable.

    Mercedes-Benz MULTIBEAM LED headlamps with a gridded light source containing 84 LEDs, enabling an even higher resolution for the light output.

    Modern headlamp technology: MULTIBEAM LED.

    The E-Class is optionally available with a MULTIBEAM LED headlamp system with ILS (Intelligent Light System) and Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus. The MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are immediately identifiable. They provide new, visual highlights with passively illuminated, blue light surfaces. These outline the hallmark E-Class “torch effect” of the daytime running lamps and side lights and, even when low beam or high beam is switched on, create a blue setting for a fascinating look. This characteristic look also points to a new dimension in headlamp technology, because MULTIBEAM LED headlamps use 84 individually controlled high-power LEDs in each headlamp. This makes them bright and precise, as they automatically illuminate the road surface with a previously unsurpassed, precision-controlled distribution of light – without dazzling other road users.

    Enhancing appearance and safety.

    A new dimension of precision in light distribution allows longer use of the partial main-beam lights for added safety because of better illumination of the road. Thanks to the freely configurable, high-resolution light distribution, it is possible to implement all high- and low-beam functions of the ILS by all-digital means. In a world first, the dynamic cornering light function is implemented purely by electronic means. In addition, a host of new, adaptive light functions are possible that make night-time driving safer. These include for example newly developed bad-weather lights. A visual characteristic is the one-part rear lights. The tail lamp in torch design takes up the contour of the rear light, thus emphasising – also in the night design – the characteristic form of the rear light and improving safety.

    Two designers working together on a headlamp for the future E-Class.

    Optionally available rear lights provide an additional highlight reminiscent of stardust. The newly designed rear lights are also brilliant in terms of safety. For example, the light intensity of the brake lamp varies between daytime and night-time within the legally permissible limits.

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