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With a Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W 213) E 300 Avantgarde on a road trip from Lisbon to Stuttgart.

Guest article: From Lisbon to Stuttgart in the E-Class.

Acid test on the Iberian peninsula.
Production & Direction: Arne Totz
Photos & Text: Florian Roser

Bringing the new E-Class home.

Several thousand kilometres across Europe: For the launch of the new E-Class, photographer Florian Roser, film maker Arne Totz and model Marisa Papen wanted the ultimate acid test right at the outset. From the Portuguese capital the young adventurers set themselves the goal of bringing the E-Class home – to Stuttgart. The handover of the E-Class took place in the underground car park of a hotel in the centre of Lisbon, where an acute lack of space, centuries-old cobble stones and a lack of local knowledge immediately posed some challenges for our little travel group.

In Lisbon begins the road trip with the Mercedes-Benz E 300 of the series 213 in designo hyacinth red.

But the E-Class proved to be the perfect partner straightaway: Thanks to AIRMATIC, the cobble stones became a bed of clouds, thanks to the new displays and COMAND the strange big city became a familiar environment.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers its passengers maximum comfort.

E 300: Fuel consumption combined: 6.9–6.3 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 156–144 g/km.*

High-torque in every situation.

Florian: “We soon realised that to drive in three days from Lisbon via Madrid, Montpellier and Annecy to Stuttgart was quite an optimistic plan. But here, too, the E-Class came to our aid: Thanks to DISTRONIC PLUS, ACTIVE LANE CHANGE ASSIST and the LED INTELLIGENT LIGHT SYSTEM for spectacular night vision, the journey was as comfortable as could be – and thus ensured that we young creatives in the car could devote more of our attention to the impressive surroundings.

E 300, it said on the tail end of the E-Class we took delivery of in Lisbon. The executive saloon proved its high-torque credentials in every situation, whether it was in urban traffic, on a country road or on the motorway. A friendly letter from Spanish transport police reminded us of this performance weeks later.”

Relaxed roominess.

The E-Class effortlessly manages the delicate act of balancing the moments in which the driver wants to conquer the winding rural roads of Bardenas Reales in the South of Madrid in S+ mode and more relaxed phases in Comfort mode on the Swiss motorway. It is quiet as a whisper and perfectly balanced in each of the 9 gears.

 

Florian: “Admittedly, we were sceptical prior to the trip. When a photographer, a film maker and an international model travel together, they tend to bring quite a bit of luggage. But here, too, the E-Class impressed us: The spacious boot swallowed most of our luggage. Not for a moment did we have to relinquish the tiniest bit of comfort in the interior.

 

The wonderful stay in the E-Class was further enhanced by the Burmester® surround system and the massage function. This is how our road trip came to be a real journey of well-being which we will always remember with fondness.”

Rear view of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 300 in hyacinth red during sunset.

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