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Chinese-market long-wheelbase E-Class revealed, adds 134mm of legroom to the standard E-Class
Jimi Beckwith
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25 April 2016

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class long wheelbase has been revealed at the Beijing motor show.

Based on the standard E-Class, the China-only, long-wheelbase variant has been extended by 140mm and has been treated to interior enhancements to suit the Chinese market.

The extension of the wheelbase takes the length of the E-Class LWB to 5063mm; 183mm off that of the long-wheelbase S-Class, and just shy of the standard S-Class’s 5116mm. Mercedes claims the LWB model has an extra 134mm of rear leg room.

Unlike the UK version, the Chinese E-Class is offered with a choice of two optional grilles to create two distinct sub-variants: the saloon and the sports saloon.

The sports saloon has a grille-mounted Mercedes badge, while the saloon has its badge on the front of the bonnet.

Mercedes could not comment on how many of Chinese E-Class sales would be in LWB format.

Sources at Mercedes could not specify the extra cost of the long-wheelbase E-Class over the standard model, or how many LWB cars it hopes to sell.

A Mercedes spokesperson did, however, point out that one of the cars would be badged E200, suggesting it will be powered by a four-cylinder, 1991cc petrol engine. The other is badged E320L 4Matic, suggesting a 3.5litre V6 powerplant and all-wheel drive.

The engins are coupled to Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox. Like the standard E-Class, the LWB car features a host of autonomous and safety systems, including AEB and attention assist as standard, as well as optional remote parking and semi-autonomous driving at up to 130kph (80mph) with steering assistance.

The long-wheelbase E-Class will be produced in China, in co-operation with BAIC, Mercedes’ partner in the local market. Both companies operate together as the Beijing Benz Automotive Co. (BBAC). 

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armstrm 7 June 2016

Why China Only?

I'm quite tall and I would very much like to be able to have the choice of these LWB vehicles built for the Chinese market here. I don't understand why the manufacturers don't sell them everywhere.
Daniel Joseph 24 April 2016

Should have added...

It would be a great car for the prestige private hire taxi market here in the UK, and perfect for the airport run.
Malcypoos 24 April 2016

Or.....

You could buy a Skoda Superb.
Just a thought.
Daniel Joseph 24 April 2016

For those who know their place...

Superficially, this variant doesn't seem to make much sense, given that it's just 53mm shorter in wheelbase than the standard S-Class. I guess it's playing to local hierarchy sensivities in that the passengers can enjoy the rear seat space of an S-Class without upsetting those above them in the social pecking order, hence the availability of such a mundane engine. It's ironic that this should be a consideration in an "egalitarian" communist country like China...