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.
A new four-cylinder petrol engine powers the E200 and E250 CGI, while the E350 and E500 models remain. The E63 AMG, due towards the end of the year, will have 518bhp.
All Mercedes E-classes except the V8s come with BlueEfficiency technology as standard. This package of fuel-saving devices, including a new stop-start system and a disconnecting power steering pump, helps to improve the new car’s fuel economy by 3mpg.
More impressive is the fact that Mercedes has managed to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.25, making the E-class the most aerodynamically efficient car on sale today.