2016 Detroit Motor Show – 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class – since it already leaked online, anyway. We promised more info, and here it a more detailed look into the executive sedan. The tenth generation E-Class features various innovations, aside from the aesthetic touches; there’s an all-new infotainment system, various diesel engines and creative safety features to help keep Mercedes-Benz E-Class fans loyal and happy.
The wheelbase of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is bigger, but lightweight technologies and aerodynamic efficiency ensure a perfect ride. The design benefits from short overhangs, large wheels and well-defined flanks, making the sedan resemble its more refined S-Class.
Different trim levels are available, with the base version featuring the classic Mercedes-Benz radiator grill,e with bonnet-mounted logo. The Exclusive line shows off a more impressive trim level, with Avantgarde and AMG Line models featuring a sports radiator grille, as well as multi beam LED headlamps with 84 individually controlled high-performance LEDs.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class brags about an aluminum body working along ultra-high-strength steel components – the front wings, bonnet, boot lid, and large sections of the front and rear ends were all constructed of sheet or cast aluminium. Performance is improved even more via an Airpanel Advanced shutter system, available for most engines in Exclusive trim. The system allows for a record-breaking drag coefficient (cd value) of 0.23, by opening the radiator grille via adjustable louvres.
Let’s talk power, shall we? The E200 comes with a four-cylinder petrol engine; the E220 d is basically the same – except for the fuel. Actually, this new engine is shorter thanks to a 4 mm shorter cylinder spacing, develops 195 hp and promises to make customers smile by ‘drinking’ only 3.9 liters of fuel every 100 km with the aid of single-stage turbocharging and variable turbine geometry.
The offering expands to an E 350 e, featuring 30 km of purely electric power and a combined output of 279 hp and 600 Nm of torque. A six cylinder diesel will deliver customers 258 hp and 620 Nm, while the very desirable E 400 4MATIC will come with a six-cylinder petrol engine – 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque.
All launch models will be fitted with the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, while direct control suspension systems and comfort suspension offering selective damping and a 15 mm lowered ride height. Customers may also go for the Air Body Control, which controls the ride height automatically and works together with Dynamic Control to offer four further modes; “Comfort”, “ECO”, “Sport” and “Sport+”.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class includes safety systems the likes of Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, Crosswind Assist, while the optional Driver Assistance package includes Drive Pilot. a system that takes away the worry for the brake or accelerator, with Steering Pilot taking care of the direction you’re traveling. It’s worth mentioning that Active Lane-change Assistant uses a radar and camera-based system to aid the driver when changing lanes and can steer the E-Class into the selected lane. I could go on, but you get the idea.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is as close as it gets to autonomous driving. The company’s Car-to-X communication was designed to allow the mobile phone-supported exchange of information with other vehicles – for fun, information or “seeing around corners”. All the while, the cabin benefits from two next-generation 12.3 inch high-resolution displays, as well as from touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel, a touchpad with controller in the center console, and a Mercedes-Benz-developed Frontbass audio system, or – optional – a Burmeister system.
Customers may choose one of 64 interior lighting colors via energy-saving LED technology, with trim options including open-pore woods and leather. The seat design is features a Heat Comfort package with heated armrests in the doors and on the center console. At the back an optional three-piece backrest with a 40% – 20% – 40% split makes things interesting. And, to top it all off, the Digital Vehicle Key uses Near Field Communication technology and allows the driver’s smartphone to be used as a vehicle key. How cool is that?