The new E-Class. Masterpiece of Intelligence.
A driving experience that reaches new heights.
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the tenth-generation of the business saloon, delivers stylish highlights with its distinct, emotive design and high-grade interior. The new E-Class also marks the world premiere of numerous technical innovations. They enable comfortable, safe driving on a new level plus a new dimension in driver assistance – among other things. All this comes complete with infotainment and control systems offering an all-new experience. Likewise exemplary: a newly developed diesel engine, coupled with lightweight design and record-breaking aerodynamics figures, sets the standard for efficiency in this segment, while a new, optionally available multi-chamber air suspension ensures outstanding ride comfort and driving dynamics. The sum total of its innovations, including the Active Lane-change Assistant which allows the driver to steer into the selected lane as if by magic, makes the E-Class the most intelligent saloon in the business class.
Stylish and sporty exterior design.
The new E-Class is sophisticated, confidently stylish and sporty. Compared with its predecessor, its wheelbase length has grown by 65 millimetres and its overall length by 43 millimetres. Its design displays hallmark Mercedes-Benz saloon proportions. The elongated bonnet coupled with a coupé-esque roof flowing into a sensual, broad-shouldered tail end creates an exciting silhouette. The powerfully extended vehicle body is characterised by short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large wheels and taut, well-defined flanks displaying a fresh, stylish and dynamic interpretation of the feature line. All of which allows the E-Class to deliver the perfect take on the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy: “Sensual Purity”. A powerfully designed front end underscores the status the business-class saloon aspires to, boasting a different look for each design and equipment line.
At the rear end, broad shoulders above the rear wheel arches lend the E-Class its unmistakably powerful character. Single-piece tail lights featuring a two-bar design framed by the vehicle body clearly identify the E-Class as a new member of the Mercedes-Benz saloon family. Optionally available rear lights provide an additional highlight reminiscent of stardust. This “stardust effect” is making its debut appearance in the new E-Class.
Next-level interior design.
The interior of the new E-Class embodies the synthesis of emotion and intelligence; poles that are defined by the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy – distinct forms with a sensual flow to them. Optional extras include two next-generation high-resolution displays, each with a wide screen diagonal of 12.3 inches – a first in this segment. Beneath their shared glass cover, the two displays visually conflate into a wide-screen cockpit that seems to be hovering in thin air, creating a central element that emphasises the horizontal orientation 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 as a central display above the centre console. The driver can choose between three different styles to select their preferred design for the wide-screen instrument cluster.
Touch Control on the steering wheel for the first time.
In addition, Touch Controls on the steering wheel make their first appearance in a car. 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. Further controls for the infotainment system are provided in the shape of a touchpad with controller in the centre console, which can even recognise handwriting, and the LINGUATRONIC voice control system.
There are also direct-access buttons for controlling functions such as the air-conditioning system or – in another first – for convenient activation and deactivation of certain driver assistance systems. A new, intelligent graphic design with high-resolution visualisations and animations, together with a simplified logic, further enhances this all-new operating experience. At the same time, the occupants enjoy a sensual interior with spacious architecture, which combines the elegance of the luxury class with accomplished sportiness.
High-quality materials define the interior.
High-quality materials define the interior style. 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. Another Mercedes-Benz hallmark clearly in evidence is the high-quality look and feel created through meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship. Just as carefully composed is the material/colour concept with various shades of brown, including new attractive colour combinations. This allows a personalised interior design. The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. The same applies to the enhanced ambient lighting included in the lines. With 64 colours, it offers a host of possibilities for personalisation. A further highlight is the seats. Their ergonomic, sculptural form combines Mercedes-Benz’s hallmark suitability for long journeys with a refined, sporty look, featuring a unique design for each line.
Innovative drive system, too: the new engine generation.
The new E-Class will come with a choice of two engines at market launch: the E 200 with a four-cylinder petrol engine and the E 220 d with an all-new four-cylinder diesel engine. Further model variants will be added to the range after the market launch, including the E 350 e featuring hybrid technology. The Plug-In Hybrid impresses with its dynamism and efficiency, allowing around 30 kilometres of purely electric and therefore locally emission-free driving. Its four-cylinder petrol engine, in conjunction with a powerful electric motor, gives it a total system output of 205 kW (279 hp) with a system torque of 600 newton metres. With this set-up, the E 350 e achieves the performance of a sports car yet consumes less fuel than a small, compact-class car. The most powerful diesel variant will boast a six-cylinder engine incorporating advanced SCR exhaust technology, with an output of 190 kW (258 hp) and a peak torque of 620 newton metres.
Fuel consumption combined: 5.9 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 132 g/km.*
E 220 d:
Fuel consumption combined: 3.9 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 102 g/km.*
E 350 e (System output):
Fuel consumption combined: 2.1 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 49 g/km.*
New dimensions in efficiency.
Further variants will later complete the engine range, including a new four-cylinder diesel unit developing 110 kW (150 hp). The range of petrol engines will comprise four-cylinder versions with outputs ranging from 135 to 180 kW (183 to 245 hp) plus a six-cylinder variant developing 245 kW (333 hp). All engines are equipped with the ECO start/stop function. The petrol engines meet the requirements of the EU6 emissions standard, while the new OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine is already configured with future RDE limits in mind. It marks the birth of a new Mercedes-Benz engine family and opens up new dimensions in efficiency. Despite having a lower displacement than its predecessor, reduced to around two litres, the new diesel powerplant has an output of 143 kW/195 hp and, when installed in the E 220 d, delivers NEDC combined consumption of just 3.9 litres per 100 kilometres, which equates to CO₂ emissions of 102 grams per kilometre – a figure that until now only significantly smaller vehicles have been able to deliver.
In addition to this, the four-cylinder unit is exceptionally refined. All models available at market launch are equipped with the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard. It enables fast gear changes and allows low engine revs, which has a particularly beneficial effect on efficiency and noise levels.
The suspension: highest level of ride comfort.
The suspension of the new E-Class offers agile driving pleasure on twisting roads as well as the highest level of ride comfort in this segment. The Saloon comes with steel suspension as standard. Three DIRECT CONTROL suspension systems with selective damping system are available in conjunction with this suspension. Alternatively the new E-Class can be equipped with multi-chamber air suspension all round – the only car in its segment to offer this option. Three chambers of different sizes in the spring struts of the rear axle and two in the spring struts of the front axle make it then possible to control, in three stages, how stiffly the suspension reacts. In this way, the occupants enjoy soft base suspension, and the secure feeling of good handling stability as the speed increases. Furthermore, the highly sensitive and fast-responding AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension features all-round self-levelling for excellent ride comfort even with the vehicle loaded. The multi-chamber air suspension is supplemented by a continuously operating, electronically controlled damping adjustment system, which adapts the damping at each individual wheel to the current driving situation and road conditions fully automatically. What’s more, a DYNAMIC SELECT switch in the cockpit enables the driver to select from four AIR BODY CONTROL modes: “Comfort”, “ECO”, “Sport” and “Sport+”. The additional “Individual” option allows the vehicle to be configured to suit the driver’s personal preferences.
Driver assistance, comfort and safety.
Included as standard are Active Brake Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness, and Crosswind Assist. One highlight of the optional Driving Assistance package is the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC. It is not only able to keep the car the correct distance behind vehicles in front automatically, it can also follow them at a speed of up to 210 km/h for the first time. The driver also receives plenty of steering assistance from the Active Steering Assist – even on moderate bends. Another unique feature at speeds up to 130 km/h is the fact that the system can continue to intervene actively by taking account of surrounding vehicles and parallel structures, even if the lines are unclear or non-existent.
The extended restart function allows automatic starting of the vehicle within 30 seconds following a stop initiated by the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC on motorways or similar roads. In combination with COMAND Online, the selectable Active Speed Limit Assist can autonomously adjust the vehicle’s speed to speed limits. Another innovation is the radar and camera-based Active Lane-change Assistant, which can steer the vehicle into the lane selected by the driver.
MULTIBEAM LED and further highlights.
Further highlights of the optional Driving Assistance package are Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Evasive Steering Assist and proven systems that have been further developed, such as Active Blind Spot Assist for instance which can now also warn of the risk of a lateral collision at low speeds. New is the Remote Parking Assist: for the first time, this system allows the vehicle to be moved into and out of garages and parking spaces remotely using a smartphone app. The new E-Class also sees the world’s first fully integral Car-to-X solution go into series production. Thanks to the mobile phone-supported exchange of information with others, the driver can receive an earlier warning than previously in the event of imminent danger. PRE-SAFE® impulse side, part of the Driving Assistance package Plus, moves the driver or front passenger away from the danger zone in a sideways direction by way of precaution if a lateral collision has been detected and is imminent. And high-resolution MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, each with 84 individually controlled high-performance LEDs, automatically illuminate the road with a hitherto unsurpassed, precision-controlled distribution of exceptionally bright light – without dazzling others.
A new generation of infotainment.
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 Control Buttons on the steering wheel and the new, intelligent graphic design of the Multifunction Telephony. It allows mobile phones to be charged and connected to the vehicle’s exterior aerial – with absolutely no need for cables or a telephone holder. The wireless, inductive charging system works with all mobile devices that either support the Qi standard or can be upgraded to it. The charging pad is built into the stowage facility at the front of the centre console. When the “NFC” logo is touched, the system connects the mobile phone to the head unit and the exterior aerials via Near Field Communication (NFC). Telephone calls are then routed via the Bluetooth® hands-free system automatically. NFC also enables using the smartphone as the Digital Vehicle Key. Fitted as standard, the Mercedes-Benz-developed Frontbass system in the new E-Class delivers a unique listening experience. If the vehicle is additionally equipped with the optionally available Burmester® high end 3D surround sound system with 23 loudspeakers, the occupants are treated to a listening experience reminiscent of the acoustics in a concert hall.
Agile and more efficient thanks to lightweight design.
An outstandingly stiff body forms the basis for exceptional handling, astonishingly low noise and vibration levels, and a high level of crash safety. To achieve this, the engineers opted for a bodyshell with a far higher proportion of aluminium and ultra-high-strength steel components than its predecessor. The front wings, bonnet, boot lid and large sections of the front and rear ends are made of sheet or cast aluminium. This lightweight design reduces fuel consumption and makes for tangibly sporty and agile vehicle handling. Aerodynamic performance is one of the main reasons behind the efficiency of the new E-Class.
Here the E-Class raises the benchmark with a record-breaking drag coefficient (Cd value) of 0.23. To achieve this, the aerodynamics experts had to optimise numerous details and implement new ideas. The sophisticated aerodynamics also minimise wind noise and ensure that the new E-Class is quieter than even some luxury-class models.