The new Mercedes E-class, launched this week at the Detroit motor show and due on sale in the UK in March, promises class-leading comfort and safety.
The new Mercedes E-class will also have to rescues the model’s image, which has been damaged by years of electrical faults and build quality issues. Mercedes-Benz has made major improvements to the model’s reliability in recent years, but the E-class has never regained the bulletproof reputation it enjoyed in the late 1980s.
The exterior design of the Mercedes E-class doesn’t break any new ground, as is fitting for a car that traditionally sells to more conservative buyers. The new Mercedes E-class mixes S-class and C-class styling cues, especially in the proportions of the front end and the shapes of the rear wheel arches, with a recognisably E-class profile. It’s larger than the current car.
To begin with, the Mercedes E-class will come with a choice of four diesel and four petrol engines. A new four-cylinder diesel motor will come in three guises: the 201bhp, 369lb ft E250, the 168bhp E220 and the 134bhp E200. Mercedes claims that all three units emit 139g/km and return up to 53.3mpg. The range-topping diesel is the V6 E350, which has 228bhp and is capable of 40.9mpg.