Although it’s new look is more like the smaller C-Class sedan, the new midsize Mercedes-Benz E-Class is truly slightly bigger than the previous editions. It’s also lighter, more efficient and more comfortable on the interior. Many new high-tech systems also give it the verve to avoid accidents better than any of its predecessors.http://www.automobileglobe.com/2017-mercedes-benz-e-class-sedan-picture-review/
The E-Class is a four-door, five-seat midsize luxury sedan. Despite its physical similarity to the outgoing model, it is mostly new in almost everything. ligther weight and excellent aerodynamics add to improved efficiency, while a more sophisticated form of optional air suspension guarantees a more comfortable ride.
Safety features are found. One of the features is the ability of the seats to nudge vulnerable occupants’ farther inboard in the event of a side-impact collision. Other notable feature is the provision of an unusually wide flat-screen dashboard display that is easy to operate from the steering wheel, and an optional driver aids that edge the E-Class one step closer to autonomous operation.
Body Styles, Engines and Trim Levels
When it lands this summer, the only model available will be the E300 sedan. It’s propelled by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 241 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. It arrives with a standard nine-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional.
Other model to be introduced later include a six-cylinder 333-hp twin-turbo V6 and a plug-in hybrid that combines the base gasoline engine and an electric motor. There will also be high-performance editions from Mercedes’ AMG division, as well as a likely diesel-powered model.
As before, there will be Luxury and Sport options, each with its own unique styling ideas. Luxury models will showcase the traditional standing hood ornament and a chrome-laden grille, while the Sport model will be given a three-pointed star embedded in a grille with body-colored trim.
Mercedes has made a particular effort to reduce noise and vibration from the E-Class cabin, and the results are immediately seen. The previous E-Class was hardly loud or uncomfortable, but this latest model is particularly restful both in town and at speed on the highway. Indeed, all E-Class models, steer, corner and brake with slightly more balance than the last model even when it is a comfort-based car.
The optional Drive Pilot is one of the most amazing features of the new E-Class. Triggered by pulling a stalk toward you for 2 seconds, it does not only provides radar-administered cruise control but also keeps the car in its lane with no more than the slightest touch of the steering wheel, or none at all for a period of time.
An instrument panel signal indicates when you must reapply a hand to the wheel, although this is not always visible, potentially allowing the car to drift off line.in a car test, it occasionally strayed when the self-steering system was in use, the result being that you can never totally trust the car to drive itself.
It has a great adjustable driving position, very comfortable seats and once you’re given to its steering-column-mounted gearshift, easy-to-use controls. Most of the small systems can be operated through a pair of touchpads on the steering wheel spokes that control the elaborate infotainment system.
Everything starting from the air-conditioning to navigation and the available head-up display can be operated via the steering wheel, and although it may seem initially intimidating, the clarity of the dashboard displays and the logic of the menus make it relatively easy to use. A rotary knob on the center console provides an alternative input if you want to grab something more substantial.
The main dashboard display itself adds right up to the instrument panel to create what seems like one giant screen spread across the dash. The rather blocky character of this screen is slightly at odds with the E-Class’s richly curvaceous cabin design. The choice of leathers, wood and metal finishes is extensive, enabling very different ambiences to be made possible, especially once you start playing with the ambient lighting, whose 64-shade color palette lets many tastes to be indulged.
More practically, the latest E-Class gives more cabin space thanks to an additional 2.6 inches between the front and rear wheels. Rear legroom is a little tight for taller passengers, but the seats themselves are exceptionally comfortable.
Unique Features To Be Offered
There are many new high-tech safety systems, including what Mercedes refers to as a “short interference signal” through the car’s sound system to get the driver’s attention if it detects an impending collision. If that fails, the car can autonomously apply emergency brakes.
Then comes the Evasive Steering Assist system that helps the driver in making a more controlled avoidance maneuver, and PreSafe Impulse Side, which can move occupants away from the doors using air chambers in the front-seat side bolsters when it detects an imminent side impact.
The new Remote Parking Pilot is operated through smartphone and allows you to exit the car and then have it automatically park itself in a tight space. Active Lane-Change Assist simply needs you to signal, and the car will change lanes for you at the next safe opportunity. Drowsy driver and crosswind alerts will also be a feature.