Mercedes-Benz New E-Class
Mercedes-Benz New E-Class Preview
The next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be making it to Indian shores soon. As you may have read in previous issues of our magazine, we have had a chance to experience the car and have comeback thoroughly impressed by the generational leap the new E-Class has taken. And the level of technology the car comes fitted with (at least in international markets) is utterly bewildering. At the head of the technology list is its autonomous driving mode that uses an array of sensors, radars and cameras to scan the road ahead and can control the car on expressways all the way to a speed of 210 km/h.
Fortunately or unfortunately the same can’t be said about the new E-Class’ design as the car bears strong resemblance to the current generation C-Class and E-Class in keeping with the brand’s new design philosophy so if you are looking for a car that stands out, you will have to look elsewhere. Even the interiors of the car bear strong resemblance to those of its siblings – not that it’s a bad thing considering quality and fit and finish, but it’s all a bit too familiar. Still there are now 46 ambient lighting colours to choose from and the sound system has 23 speakers to create a concert like feel. Still, that’s about all there is when it comes to the downside for the new E-Class. The new Mercedes E-Class will precede the next generation of its rivals from Audi and BMW by a year and it comes with a full arsenal to stay ahead of its rivals even when they come to life.
The fifth generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class will continue to be powered by a range of four cylinder petrol and diesel engines which powered the previous car along with a new in-line six cylinder petrol engine and a V6 diesel engine for standard non-AMG models. There is a new four cylinder diesel engine as well which will do duty in international models. Although the India spec model is likely to feature the current 2.2 unit doing duty in other diesel models here.