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Mercedes shows off new E-Class

Wednesday, 11th March, 2020 3:53pm

With over 14 million saloon and estate models delivered since 1946, the E-Class is the best-selling model series in the history of Mercedes-Benz - perceived by many as the heart of the brand.

The tenth generation of the E-Class set styling trends in 2016 with its clean yet emotionally appealing design and an exclusive, high-quality interior. The wealth of innovations such as in the area of the driving assistance systems also was characteristic.

This appealing and at the same time intelligent combination is extremely successful: to date, more than 1.2 million customers around the world have bought a current-generation E-Class saloon or E-Class estate.

The enhanced dynamics and the upgrade of the E-Class are reflected in the model range. Now, the entry-level model already comes with the sporty Avantgarde Line exterior.

As a result, the base model of the E Class features a central star at the front for the first time. The new front end with increased chrome content plays a role in the fresh appearance.

The grille of the Avantgarde Line was redesigned with two chrome louvres and vertical high-gloss black struts.

Chrome and high-gloss black trim elements in the front bumper underscore the sporty and elegant appearance. The likewise available Exclusive Line lives up to its name: the special grille, the upright star on the bonnet and the large chrome elements in the front bumper emphasise this positioning.

The AMG Line with a new bumper in the style of the AMG Performance models looks even sportier. In addition, Avantgarde, AMG Line and All-Terrain feature a bonnet with power domes.

The E-Class features all-LED headlamps as standard.

The designers also updated the saloon's rear end with a new bumper, split tail lamps and a new boot lid. The inner design of the tail lamps was revised for all models.

The new E-Class has the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems providing cooperative support to drivers. This results in an especially high level of active safety, saloon and estate are able to react if the driver doesn't.

The hands-off recognition now works on a capacitive basis. This enhances user-friendliness when driving in semi-automated mode.

To inform the assistance systems that the driver still has control of the E-Class, it is sufficient for the driver to hold the steering wheel. A steering moment – that is to say a slight steering movement – was previously required as feedback. The new steering wheel features a pad with the appropriate sensors in the rim. These register whether the driver is holding the wheel.

If the system detects that the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel for a certain time, a warning cascade is started, which finally activates Emergency Brake Assist if the driver continues to be inactive.

The electrification of the powertrain takes another major step forward with the model update of the E-Class.

Seven models are available as plug-in hybrids (diesel and petrol, saloon and estate, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive).

The lineup of high-efficiency, low-emission and powerful petrol engines will cover a range from 156hp to 367hp, while the spectrum of diesel vehicles spans from 160hp to 330hp.

For the first time, a four-cylinder petrol engine (M 254) with second-generation integrated starter-generator (ISG) producing up to 20hp of additional output and 180Nm more torque will complement the engine range.

Models equipped with this engine will have a 48 volt on-board electrical system. Thanks to energy recovery and the ability to ‘glide’ with the engine switched off, the petrol engine is highly efficient.

In the M 254, Mercedes-Benz has for the first time combined all the innovations of the modular engine family of four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel units in a single engine. They include the Nanoslide cylinder coating, the Conicshape cylinder shape and the emission control system positioned directly at the engine.

A completely new feature is the segment charger with flow connection, an advancement of the twin-scroll technology for even more instantaneous response of the forced induction system.

When needed, an electric additional compressor quickly builds up the charge pressure – especially at low combustion engine speeds – and thereby contributes to a highly dynamic throttle response.

The in-line six-cylinder petrol engine (M 256), available for the first time in the E-Class, is also fitted with an ISG.

The engine line-up is rounded off by the six-cylinder diesel (OM 656). This engine and the OM 654 four-cylinder version feature an expanded emission control system.

Irish prices and specs for the new E-Class will be announced in the coming months.

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