Mercedes-Benz has just revealed the new E-Class and it doesn’t look much like any Mercedes currently in the lineup. It comes with new head- and taillights, new electronics, but keeps the so familiar proportions of the business sedan.
The Mercedes designers redesigned the E-Class W214 slapping a black panel-like surface in high gloss right between the three-dimensionally redesigned radiator grille and LED headlamps (standard, while the Digital Light is optional). Mercedes claims the DRLs follow the shape of an eyebrow.
There are powerdomes on the bonnet highlighting the muscular yet elegant proportions. The side view reveals the well-balanced line and the “cab-backward” design. Mercedes chose the flush-fitting door handles to reduce alteration to this simple profile.
The rear end sports two-section LED lights displaying the star motif.
The mid-size sedan sports a high-tech cabin as you’d expect from a Mercedes. The MBUX Superscreen is optional, while a free-standing digital instrument display and an MBUX media screen integrated into the dashboard. A passenger screen above the glovebox comes for extra money.
Mercedes is aware that it needs to keep up with the era of connectivity and comes up with a selfie camera and access to apps like TikTok and various games..
The German carmaker brought 5 more millimeters onboard for the headroom compared to the outgoing model. The 2-centimeter longer wheelbase translates into more kneeroom and legroom for the rear passengers (increased b 10 and 17 millimeters, respectively).
The trunk offers 540 liters of luggage space.
Mercedes has set up an electrified powertrain lineup (check the engine lineup below the photo gallery), with half of the engine variants (three out of six) being plug-in hybrids. The setup integrates a 95-kW (129 PS) electric motor. The cars can drive as far as 100 kilometers (62 miles) with zero emissions.
There are also four mild hybrids in the range, sporting an electric motor with a power increased from 15 to 17 kW and 205 Nm of torque.
Diesel is very much alive and kicking in the E-Class range, with the engines sporting, just like the gasoline ones, an intelligent support from an integrated starter-generator. Plug-in hybrid diesels are also on the way.
A fully equipped new Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes with the rear axle steering (a 4.5-degree steering angle on the rear axle, reducing turning circle by up to 90 centimeters) and the AIRMATIC suspension. The mild hybrids get the AGILITY CONTROL from the factory, with selective damping system, lowering the car by 15 millimeters compared to the plug-in hybrids.
Sales will kick off this summer. We’re also expecting the AMG variants to be unveiled before that happens.
The model range at market launch in Europe (ICEs and mild hybrids):
|E 200||E 220 d||E 220 d 4MATIC|
|Add. output (boost)||kW/hp||17/23||17/23||17/23|
|Add. torque (boost)||Nm||205||205||205|
|Combined fuel consumption, WLTP||l/100 km||7.3-6.4||5.5-4.8||5.7-4.9|
|Combined CO2 emissions WLTP1||g/km||166-144||143-125||149-130|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||s||7.5||7.6||7.8|
The model range at market launch in Europe (plug-in hybrids):
|E 300 e||E 300 e 4MATIC||E 400 e 4MATIC|
|Rated output, combustion engine||kW/hp||150/204||185/252|
|Rated torque, combustion engine||rpm||320||400|
|Rated output, electric motor||kW/hp||95/129||95/129|
|Rated torque, electric motor||Nm||440||440|
|High-voltage battery energy content||kWh||25.4||25.4|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||s||6.4||6.5||5.3|
|Combined fuel consumption, weighted (WLTP)||l/100 km||0.8 – 0.5||0.9 – 0.6||0.9 – 0.6|
|Combined power consumption, weighted (WLTP)2||kWh/100 km||20.7 – 18.4||21.6 – 19.2||21.6 – 19.2|
|Combined CO2 emissions, weighted (WLTP)2||g/km||18 – 12||20 – 14||20 – 14|
|Electric range (EAER, WLTP)2||km||97 – 115||95 – 109||95 – 109|