The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a redesign of the modern look of the C-Class and S-Class versions
Although it now has the looks of a smaller C-Class sedan, the new midsize Mercedes-Benz E-Class is actually slightly bigger than older versions. It is also lighter, greatly efficient and more comfortable on the inside. Numerous awesome high-tech systems also add to its ability to avoid accidents better than any of its older version.
The E-Class is a four-door, five-seat midsize luxury sedan. Notwithstanding its visual similarity to the outgoing model, it is mostly new in almost everything. Reduced weight and excellent aerodynamics add to an improved efficiency at the same time a more sophisticated form of optional air suspension guarantees a more comfortable ride.
Safety features are inclusive. One unique option is the ability of the seats to nudge vulnerable occupant’s farther inboard during a side-impact collision. Other notable features includes an unusually wide flat-screen dashboard display that is easily operated from the steering wheel, and optional driver aids that add the E-Class one step closer to autonomous operation styles.
Body Styles, Engines and Trim Levels
Upon it arrives this summer, the only model available will be the E300 sedan. It’s powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine kept at 241 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. It is eqiuped with a standard nine-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. (4Matic all-wheel drive is optional).
Other features to be introduced would include a six-cylinder 333-hp twin-turbo V6 and a plug-in hybrid that adds the base gasoline engine and an electric motor. There will also be high-performance versions from Mercedes’ AMG division (as well as a possible diesel-powered model).
As before, there will be Luxury and Sport versions, each with its own unique styling cues. Luxury models will feature the traditional standing hood ornament and a chrome-laden grille, while the Sport model gets a three-pointed star embedded in a grille with body-colored trim.
Mercedes has put forth 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 very uncomfortable, but this latest edition is particularly restful in town and at speed on the highway. Indeed, all E-Class models, steer, corner and brake with more confidence than the last edition, although this remains a comfort-based car.
The Drive Pilot (optional) is one of the most intriguing option of the new E-Class. powered by pulling a stalk toward you for 2 seconds, it does not just provide radar-governed cruise control but also maintains the car in its lane with no more than the lightest touch of the steering wheel, or none at all for a time.
An instrument panel warning shows when you must reapply a hand to the wheel, although this is not always obvious, potentially allowing the car to drift off line. Our test car occasionally strayed when the self-steering system was operating, the result being that you could never totally trust the car to steer itself.
The Drive Pilot option is probably only worth having if you love the idea of autonomous cars and want something now that carries some of these features. But this Mercedes brand shows that there is still some way to go before one place his trust in a self-driving automobile.
Interior and Comfort
The Mercedes comes with a highly adjustable driving position, very comfortable seats and once you’re used to its steering-column-mounted gearshift, easy-to-use controls. Most of the minor systems can be operated via a pair of touchpads on the steering wheel spokes that control the elaborate infotainment systems.
Everything from the air-conditioning to navigation and the available head-up display can be operated from the steering wheel, and although it is initially intimidating, the clarity of the dashboard display 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 prefer to grab something more substantial.
The main dashboard display itself butts right up to the instrument panel to create what looks 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 architecture. The choice of leathers, wood and metal finishes is extensive, enabling very different ambiences to be created, especially once you start playing with the ambient lighting, whose 64-shade color palette allows 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 leg room remains a little tight for taller passengers, but the seats themselves are exceptionally very comfortable.
What Unique Option Will It Feature?
There are several new high-tech safety systems, including what Mercedes calls a “short interference signal” through the car’s sound system to get the driver’s attention if it detects an imminent collision. If that fails, the car can autonomously apply emergency braking.
Then there’s the Evasive Steering Assist system that assist the driver in making a more controlled avoiding maneuver, and PreSafe Impulse Side, which can actually 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 via smartphone and allows you to exit the car and then have it automatically park itself in a tight space. Active Lane-Change Assist simply requires you to signal, and the car will change lanes for you at the next safe opportunity. Drowsy driver and crosswind alerts will also be available.
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