The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan range is soon to arrive in Australian showrooms, launching initially with a three-model line-up set to go on sale in July.
Mercedes-Benz has opted for a high level of standard specification for the new E-Class range, with Keyless Go, 360 degree camera, powered front seats with memory, LED head and tail lights, and the dual-screen Widescreen Cockpit system all included.
The new E Class is the last of Mercedes-Benz’ sedan range to adopt the “Sensual Purity” design language already seen with the larger S-Class and smaller C-Class sedan, bringing a familial look to all three sedans.
At launch, buyers will be offered a choice of E 200 petrol, powered by a 135kW/300Nm turbo charged four-cylinder, E 220 d featuring Mecedes’ newest low emissions four-cylinder turbo diesel with 143kW and 400Nm, or E 350 d powered by a 3.0 litre turbo diesel V6 with 190kW of power and 620Nm of torque.
Both four-cylinder variants come loaded with standard Comand Online infotainment with DAB+ digital radio, Nappa leather steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls, open pore black ash wood trim, Agility Select five-mode driving programs, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The E 350 d upgrades to 20-inch alloy wheels, air suspension, 13-speaker Burmester audio, a panoramic glass sunroof, Multibeam LED lights, leather upholstery, and heated front seats as part of the standard equipment list.
All models feature the familiar rear-wheel-drive layout, via a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission.
The Widescreen Cockpit driver display (above) builds on the system first seen in the S-Class with two side-by-side high-definition 12.3 inch displays taking the place of the usual instrument cluster and infotainment screens.
To simplify operation, Mercedes-Benz has developed a new system interface, with touch sensitive controls integrated into the steering wheel spokes, responding to vertical and horizontal swipes to adjust information and entertainment systems.
Aluminium construction of the new E-Class sees the lightweight material extend to the bonnet and bootlid, front guards, and large sections of the front and rear ends of the vehicle, helping to reduce overall weight.
“The E-Class is the core of the Mercedes-Benz brand and in the past has repeatedly redefined the standards in the executive-class segment, said Dr. Thomas Weber, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars development.
“Now it carries this tradition into the future with a wealth of top-class innovations.”
Safety systems extend to the standard 360 degree camera system, nine airbags, Attention Assist, an active bonnet to protect pedestrians in the event of a collision, and Driver Assistance Package Plus, which includes features like Distronic cruise control, Steering Assist lane keeping, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Pre-Safe collision prparation, and more.
Later in 2016, two additional petrol models will join the range in the form of the 180kW/370Nm E 300 turbo patrol four-cylinder and the twin-turbo V6 petrol E400 4matic, with 245kW and 480Nm, coupled with all-wheel-drive.
Overseas model shown
The E-Class range is now available to order, with the official Australian launch set to occur in July.
Pricing for the new generation leaps up, with the E 200 starting some $9590 more expensive than the outgoing model. The E220 d rises by $10,000, while the E 350 d is a new addition to the lineup.
E 200 - $89,990
E 220 d - $92,900
E 350 d - $134,900
(Manufacturer's list price, excluding on-road costs)