These days, the 2017 Mercedes E-Class sedan has grabbed all our attention. But not all Benz fans fancy the four-door saloon. For them, Mercedes is preparing the all-new T-Modell, spied here for the first time.
Short overhangs, long wheelbase, long hood, large wheels, a reinterpreted side character line characterize the design. The white prototype reveals a silhouette which successfully mimics that of the smaller C-Class T-Modell, also worth of note being the particularly large sunroof which extends as far back as possible over the rear seats.
Closely following its four-door brother, the 2017 Mercedes E-Class T-Modell features a revolutionary interior layout. The dashboard is dominated by two large displays, each with 12.3-inch in diagonal. Visually the two screens merge seamlessly under a common cover glass and a single scoop in a cockpit, which seems to float freely. The standard E-Class versions will get traditional analogue dials and an 8.4 inch central infotainment screen.
For the first time, Touch Controls mounted on the steering wheel appear on a large scale production vehicle. As the surface of a smartphone they respond to horizontal and vertical swiping movements. Thus they allow the control of the Infotainment system via finger-swiping movements. In addition, the driver can use the classic touchpad and the controller on the center console, which recognizes handwriting inputs.
In therms of engines, the pinnacle of the new E-Class range will be the all-new 2-liter diesel engine (code named OM654) which comes in two flavors: 110 kW / 150 hp for the E 200 d (not available right from the outset) and 143 kW / 195 hp for the E 220 d launch model with a combined NEDC fuel consumption of 3.9 liters per 100 kilometers. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 102 grams per kilometer. The range of petrol engines will be comprise of two four cylinder versions with output ranging from 184 HP (E 200) to 245 HP and a six cylinder with 333 HP (E 400). All petrol and diesel engines has turbo and direct injection.
During the course of 2016, Mercedes will extend the line-up with new six-cylinder petrol engine (codenamed M256) and diesel engine (codenamed OM656). New from the ground-up, these units have already entered pilot production at the factory in Unterturkheim.
T-Modell and sedan variants aside, the new E-Class family will be one of the largest in the model’s history. A Coupe (March 2017), a Convertible (September 2017), plus the the successor to the CLS (March 2018) are all set to join the rejuvenated range.