Chinese-market long-wheelbase E-Class revealed, adds 134mm of legroom to the standard E-Class

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.

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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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24 April 2016
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...

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

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

7 June 2016
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.

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