Somethings are made to be timeless and that is exactly what the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is all about. The E-class has been a favorite luxury sedan around the world and a best seller too. Mercedes-Benz had started their innings in India with the E-Class, twenty years back. This time the company has introduced an all new version of this sedan and it is better than ever before. We drive the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and tell you what is special in this car. Get On Road Price of Merecedes Benz cars in Carzprice
This is where the E-Class has taken a noticeable step forward. Just like the C-Class facelift, the only unsubtle changes are to the headlamp and tail-lamp clusters, but it is enough to give the E a fresh look. The twin-pod headlamps have now fused to a more angular version of the CLS headlamps. However, on the inside they’re still very much twin-pod, divided by two LED-DRLs that now ape the “eyebrows” of the A and B rather than the plain-jane horizontal strips on the bumper of the outgoing model.
Our test car has the Avantgarde grille rather than the traditional logo-on-the-hood that one could see from the cabin. The front bumper has many cuts and creases, and twin horizontal strips of chrome accent the erstwhile foglamp housings. Switch to the front three-quarter angle, and you’ll see the familiar silhouette of the outgoing model, but with a few changes: the nose juts out like the SLS AMG’s does.
There are also a fair number of horizontal lines on the sides, but somehow Mercedes manages to let the E stay elegant rather than busy. The large, split-spoke, almost Alfa-Romeo-like black alloys and roof were the only overt nods to sportiness on the outside. From the side, the E now looks more like a BMW – long bonnet, stubby boot – than before, where the overhangs at both ends were comparable.Check Price of Merecedes Benz E Class in Carzprice
The rear and rear three-quarter angles are some of the best angles to view the new E Class from – the shortening of the rear overhang and the integration of the tailpipes contributing to a more modern, neater derriere. At night, the tail-lamps with their light guides certainly make the E look special.
Not surprisingly, the interior design is also based on the S-Class, which is good news given that the full-size has received one of the most beautiful cabins on the market. We’re looking at the same organic dashboard with a massive touchscreen in the middle, four A/C vents below, and a wide center stack and console with a clean and elegant design.
“The entry-level models will get two analogue dials and a seven-inch screen in between, while the more expensive trims will come with a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel.”However, the Germans developed an all new instrument cluster for the E-Class. The entry-level models will get two analogue dials and a seven-inch screen in between, while the more expensive trims will come with a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel. The former will be paired with an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, while the latter will feature an identical 12.3-inch unit atop the center stack.
The steering wheel also received an all-new feature, in the form of touch-sensitive buttons. A world-first in the automotive industry, the said function can detect horizontal and vertical swipes just like the screen of a smartphone or tablet. This innovation will allow the driver to control features of the infotainment system using only their thumbs, which will improve safety. Speaking of the infotainment system, it now comes with redesigned menus and functions, which will probably make it on the S-Class when the full-size receives its mid-cycle facelift.Much like all new-generation Mercedes models, the E-Class also benefits from Linguatronic voice control, the Comand rotary dial, and energy-saving LEDs for interior lighting. The latter can be had in no fewer than 64 colors, a first for a Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes has launched the facelifted E-Class with two engines, which are both 4-cylinder units. The E200 petrol uses a 1991cc engine to produce 184 HP of power at 5500 RPM and 300 Nm of torque between 1200-4000 RPM. Our test car was the E250 CDI which uses a 2.2-litre diesel engine to produce 204 HP of power and 500 Nm of torque. This diesel engine has decent amount of grunt and will perform brilliantly in most situations, as long as you don’t want to skip a heart beat. Power delivery is very linear and there is very little lag too but the motor runs sharply out of breath at around 3800 RPM, redlining at 4500 RPM. Floor the throttle and this Mercedes saloon does move quickly and with such silence, it’s simply outstanding. Although this lower capacity mill doesn’t give it fire breathing power, at full throttle it gains speeds effortlessly and little do you know how fast you are going as you coast along at high speeds. The NVH levels are simply fantastic, you can barely hear the engine even at full pelt.
Mated to this motor is a 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission which isn’t the quickest around and is a bit hesitant in swinging gears downwards. Mercedes continues to use a 7-speed box while some of its competitors have upgraded to 8-speed units. Stuttgart is working on bringing a 9-speed autobox on the E later this year, which should address the lack of cog swapping speed of the current transmission. You get two modes on the centre console, E and S (the old model had Comfort and S) and the transmission is more eager in S mode, while upshifts are done to maximise economy in E mode (there is a Start/Stop system too). You can override the transmission via the steering mounted paddle shifts (M mode) and if you forget to take control later, it automatically moves back into the previous mode (E or S). The RPM needle ticks along at 1500 RPM in seventh gear at 100 km/hr, so it’s a very relaxed motor while cruising. For those who crave for more power from their executive saloons, Mercedes will introduce 6-cylinder engines on the E-Class later this year.Apply car loan for Merecedes Benz E Class at Carzprice
DRIVING DYNAMICS ;
Although it might seem odd that the new 2017 E-Class sedan offers a four-cylinder engine, you’re unlikely to find it bothersome from behind the wheel. The new engine delivers surprisingly strong performance while remaining quiet and smooth at nearly any speed. A sophisticated suspension, powerful brakes, and precise but lightweight steering further contribute to the E300’s ultra-refined feel. Should you want more speed and handling, or maybe just an aggressive style, the E43 AMG provides the AMG experience without the V8 price tag.
If you stick with one of the two-door E-Class models, you’ll definitely enjoy the deep reserve of power offered by the standard turbocharged V6. It has all the power you need unless you crave serious tire-spinning grunt. For that, the V8-powered E550 model is what you want. It not only pushes the E-Class into high-performance territory, it sounds great doing it. Neither the sedan nor the coupes are particularly agile, but if you’re more interested in long-range comfort coupled with confident handling, any E-Class model will satisfy.
BRAKING AND SAFETY
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class specifications include disc brakes on all wheels and the electronic stability program that prevents skidding during cornering at high speeds. The safety features offered include total seven airbags for surround protection of the occupants. The attention assist system can detect any signs of drowsiness, and create audio and video alerts for the driver. The adaptive LED brake lights flash a red warning signal in case of emergency braking and helps reduce reaction time for the drivers of the following vehicles.
A massive departure from its predecessor, which had become a little too long in the tooth compared to its German rivals, the new E-Class is definitely one impressive sedan. Sure, many might not agree with its new cohesive design (personally I’m a little disappointed too), but Stuttgart makes up for it with a stunning interior, a ton of state-of-the-art tech, and several new engines that are more powerful and fuel efficient than the current ones. No matter how much criticism it will endure, I’m sure that the new E-Class will see an immediate sales surge that will put it well beyond the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6 just about anywhere in Europe and the U.S. Mercedes just hit the jackpot with this new mid-size, and I’m sure it will take big efforts from BMW and Audi to dethrone the E-Class anytime soon. That’s excellent news for the market though, as stiff competition is what brings us increasingly better vehicles with each generation.