September 11, 2014: Mercedes-Benz launched the E 350 CDI at Rs 57.42 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Pune ). The E 350CDI houses 3.0-litre V6 engine. The saloon features Intelligent Drive’ technology which offers superior control for better safety. Up until now the E-Class is available with 2.0-litre petrol engine in E200, 2.1-litre diesel engine in E250 CDi and the performance variant E63 AMG with 5.5-litre V8 petrol. With the introduction of peppier diesel engine, the manufacturer looks to tap the increasing demand of diesel enthusiasts by giving them a twin turbocharged V6 engine as the new heart of E-Class.
Mercedes Benz E Class is a highly acclaimed luxury saloon model available in the Indian automobile market. It is also the most successful model for Mercedes Benz in the country and is available in several trim levels. Initially it was made available with one diesel and two petrol engine options for the buyers to choose from. Now, the car maker has rolled out another diesel variant in its series with 3.0-litre turbocharged engine under the hood. This mill is capable of producing a maximum power of 262bhp along with a hammering torque output of 620Nm, which is distributed to the rear wheels. This newly introduced variant is bestowed with several refined features including PARKTRONIC parking assistance with a 360 degree camera, a COMAND online system with 10 GB integrated hard drive and an intelligent lighting system. This improved system also helps you to find nearest ATMs, gas filling stations, hospitals and restaurants. In addition to these, it also gets a set of 17-inch multi spoke style alloy wheels, which emphasizes its distinct look. These added features will certainly make the vehicle more competitive in its segment. While introducing this new variant, the car maker has also revamped the entire model series by offering panoramic sun roof as standard for all its variants.
Apart from this, there is no update given to its exteriors. This model series is a blend of advanced technology and eye-catching body style, which is the main reason behind its success story. It has a dynamic external appearance owing to its trademark features like bi-xenon headlamps and horizontally structured LED taillights. Its interior are designed with high-gloss black ash wood trim that gives it a modern look to the cabin. There is an ample leg and space available inside along with a huge 540-litre boot compartment, which is still a benchmark in its segment. As far as its features are concerned, this saloon gets several advanced features like ECO start/stop function an advanced 3-zone automatic climate control unit and electrically adjustable seats with 3-programmable memory setting. At the same time, it also has several important safety features like acceleration skid control function, electronic stability program, six airbags and NECK-PRO crash responsive head restraint function for front seats. This saloon competes with the likes of BMW 5 series, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF in the luxury saloon segment.
The car maker is now offering a panoramic sunroof as standard across all its variants, which gives a slightly refined look to the exteriors. All the variants in this series gets a radiant headlight cluster that has powerful bi-xenon headlamps along with stylish LED daytime running lights. In the center, its radiator grille has two horizontally positioned louvers along with the iconic insignia of the company that redefines its elegance. However, the AMG version has a twin-blade radiator grille along with a perforated mesh, which adds to its sporty appeal. The front bumper is quite wide with bigger air intake consoles that further enhances its modern look. The side profile is stunning owing to its sleek body line and expressive character lines. Its wheel arches are well carved and equipped with a set of stylish alloy wheels. Its AMG version is fitted with 10-spoke design alloy wheels. Its door handles along with ORVM caps are treated in body color, while the door sills and B pillars are treated in high gloss black. It also has a chrome plated waistline molding that gives a magnificent stance to the sides. Its rear end has a sophisticated look owing to the horizontally designed LED brake lights and turn indicators. Its tailgate has a decent structure and is fitted with a chrome strip along with company’s star. The rear bumper of AMG trim is fitted with a black protective cladding along with four rectangular shaped exhaust pipes while the other variants have two tailpipes.
This saloon has a total length of 4879mm and an overall width of 2071mm (including the external wing mirrors). Its height is about 1474mm and the ground clearance is quite low with just 120mm. This saloon has a total wheelbase of 2874mm, which is quite large in its class.
Ed's Take: The interior styling of the E-Class has always been top notch and the comfort that this sedan offers in one of the best in its segment.
The internal cabin of Mercedes Benz E Class is extremely spacious and well furnished, which provides a pleasurable driving experience. Its entry level trims like E200 and E250 has open pore brown ash-wood inserts while the recently introduced E350 CDI variant has high-gloss black ash-wood inlays. On the other hand, the top end petrol version is blessed with AMG 'Carbon' interior trim that emphasizes its sporty appeal. The seats are quite luxurious with excellent support all the way from head to thighs. Its front seats also have electrical adjustment facility along with 3-programmable memory setting for driver's seat. Its AMG version is bestowed with exclusively designed features like three spoke flat-bottomed multi-functional steering wheel and front seats with massage function. On the other hand, its remaining variants have conventional 3-spoke steering wheel that covered with Nappa leather upholstery. There are head rests provided to all the seats along with center armrest in first and second row. Its dashboard is skilfully designed and its furnished with features like an AC unit, instrument panel and an advanced center fascia. All the control switches located in the cockpit are within the reach and are easy to operate. Its rear cabin has bench seat, which can be folded in 40:20:40 split ratio that contributes towards improving storage capacity. In addition to these, there are several utility features provided inside like storage spaces, drink holders, map pockets, digital clock and sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror.
All the variants in this series have been incorporated with several advanced features that ensures a fatigue free driving experience. This saloon has aspects like an ECO start/stop system, three programmable memory setting for steering and mirrors, electrically adjustable seats with lumbar support and auto dimming effect for interior mirror and driver's side ORVM. Furthermore, it is incorporated with aspects like ambient lighting system with 5-stage intensity control, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, electric sun blinds and ashtray package. The car maker has also integrated features like a THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control with 3-zone control including separate air vents for rear passengers, a multi-functiona
This saloon is quite sleek from outside, but extremely spacious from inside. Its cockpit has a total head room of 1048mm along with shoulder and leg space of 1490mm and 540mm respectively. While in the rear cabin, it has 972mm of head space along with 1505mm of shoulder room and 508mm of leg space. On the other hand, it has a 545 litre of boot capacity, which can be extended further by folding the second row seat in desired split ratio.
Dolomite Grey Pearl
Iridium Silver Metallic
Obsidian Black Metallic
Palladium Silver Metallic
Ed's Take: The acceleration produced by the E-Class is decent, and the E350 CDI and CGI engines aren’t on offer at the moment.
Its AMG variant powered by a 5461cc petrol engine has a total of 8-cylinders and 32-valves. This engine propels the vehicle towards an electronically limited top speed of 250 Kmpl. At the same time, it enables this saloon to breach the 100 Kmph speed mark in a mere 4.2 seconds. The entry level petrol trim is equipped with a 2.0-litre petrol motor that has four in-line cylinders and 16-valves. It can reach a top speed of approximately 233 Kmph and can break the 100 Kmph speed mark in just 7.9 seconds . The newly introduced E350 CDI trim is powered by a 3.0-litre diesel mill that has six cylinders with 24 valves. It takes about 6.6 seconds for this variant to accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph and can reach a top speed of approximately 250 Kmph. On the other hand, the already existing E250 CDI trim has the ability to go up to a top speed of 242 Kmph. At the same time, they can achieve a 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill in 7.5 seconds.
Ed's Take: Mercedes-Benz India has stuck with smaller engines at the moment, as it will introduce bigger engines at a latter stage.
This model series is available with two petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. The E200 CGI trim is fitted with a 2.0-litre, In-line petrol engine that has 4-cylinders and 16-valves that displaces 1991cc. It has direct injection system and a turbocharger that allows it to produce a maximum power of 184bhp at 5500rpm along with a commanding torque output of 300Nm between 1200 and 4000rpm. While the AMG trim is equipped with a 5.5-litre, V-type petrol motor that has a total displacement capacity of 5461cc. This engine comprises of 8 cylinders and 32-valves that belts out a mammoth power of 557bhp at 5500rpm in combination with a hammering torque of 720Nm at just 5250rpm. On the other hand, its entry level E250 CDI trim is fitted equipped with a 2.2-litre petrol engine that has latest common rail fuel injection system. It comprises of piezo injectors that enables the motor to belt out a superior power of 204bhp at 4200rpm that results in a pounding torque output of 500Nm in the range of 1600 to 1800rpm. The newly introduced E350 CDI trim is incorporated with a powerful 3.0-litre diesel engine that has six cylinders and 24-valves. It has a displacement capacity of 2987cc and it is incorporated with a turbocharger. This power plant can produce a peak power of 262bhp at 3800rpm and yields a torque output of 620Nm between 1600 to 2400rpm. All these engines have been mated with a 7G-tronic plus automatic transmission gearbox that distributes the torque output to its rear wheels.
Ed's Take: The two engines on offer on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class are highly fuel-efficient, despite the fact that it is a luxury car.
As mentioned above, this model series is available with two petrol and diesel engine options. Its entry level petrol trim is equipped with a 2.0-litre engine that has a high pressure direct injection technology. It has the ability to deliver a mileage in the range of 8 to 12 Kmpl. While the top end AMG trim is equipped with a 5.5-litre engine that can produce a minimum mileage of 4.5 Kmpl that goes up to a maximum of 8.5 Kmpl. On the other hand, the newly introduced variant is fitted with a 3.0-litre engine that has latest generation common rail direct injection technology. This mill can give away a 10 kmpl on city roads and produces a maximum of approximately 14 kmpl on highways. While its existing diesel trim is fitted with a 2.2-litre engine that is incorporated with high pressure piezo injectors. This mill can produce a decent mileage ranging between 12 to 16 Kmpl.
Ed's Take: The power produced by these engines in fairly decent, and even on paper it is good especially for the price it is offered at.
The newly introduced E350 CDI trim is fitted with a 2987cc diesel engine that has 6-cylinders and 24-valves . It also has a turbocharger that helps it to produce a maximum power of 262bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 620Nm. Its entry level diesel trim sports a 2143cc engine that can belt out a commanding power of 204bhp along with a peak torque output of 500Nm. On the other hand, its high end petrol trim is equipped with a 5461cc mill that can churn out a mammoth power of 557bhp that results in a hammering torque output of 720Nm, which is incredible. While its entry level petrol trim is integrated with a 1991cc mill that has variable valve control and turbo charger. This engine can pump out a superior power of 184bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 300Nm, which is rather good.
|Variants||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power||AC||Power Steering||Central Locking|
|E250 CDI Avantgarde
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|9.0||13.0||204bhp @ 4200rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
6 Cylinder 24 Valve
|9.0||13.0||261.5bhp @ 3800rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|E 200 CGI
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|8.0||12.0||184bhp @ 5500rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|E 63 AMG
8 Cylinder 32 Valve
|4.5||8.5||557bhp @ 5500rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
Ed's Take: The E-Class gets the Mercedes-Benz’s patent COMAND system and of course, you can customise the vehicle as per your taste. Now, the E-Class is CKD and it misses out on certain features like panoramic sun roof and the extra side cameras.
The entry level E200 CGI and E250 CDI variants have been fitted with a 14.7cm TFT color display that is integrated with an AUDIO 20 infotainment system featuring ergonomic central controller. They also have a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-disc CD changer that keeps the occupants entertained. On the other hand, the E350 CDI and AMG trims have been equipped with an advanced COMAND Online system with 17.8 inch TFT high resolution color display that is incorporated with a navigation system, Linguatronic voice control function and has SD card slot. Furthermore, it has a Harman Kardon surround sound system with 14-loud speakers, which delivers high definition sound output. All the variants in this series are fully loaded with styling aspects, but owners can further personalize the vehicle according to their choice. They can opt for decorating its exteriors with body decals, spoilers, ski-racks, side skirts and spoilers. Its insides can be customized with premium leather upholstery, special floor mats, and various other convenience features.
Ed's Take: The handling of the E-Class is good and even the steering feel has been enhanced when compared to the previous W212. The handling of this sedan can’t be doubted.
The car maker has fitted its front wheels with a set of ventilated discs, while the rear ones are paired with solid disc brakes. On the other hand, the E 63 AMG trim is blessed with composite braking system featuring internally vented and perforated brake discs on all its four wheels. This mechanism is also incorporated with an advanced anti lock braking system along with brake assist function. On the other hand, the car maker has installed electronic stability control program and acceleration skid control system that reduces the loss of traction. This saloon is blessed with direct control suspension including selective damping system on both its axles, which provides better agility and ride comfort. At the same time its top end petrol trim is blessed with AMG sport suspension with electronically control damping system. The car maker has also integrated an electromechanical direct-steer system that provides excellent response and enhanced steering comfort.
Ed's Take: The safety features on the E-Class include multiple airbags, ESP, ABS with EBD and PRE-SAFE.
This saloon is integrated with several restraint and active safety system that provides unparalleled protection to the occupants. All the variants have been integrated with an active parking assist including PARKTRONIC that provides good assistance to the driver, while parking. While its top end variants also has a 360 degree camera, which further minimizes the efforts to park this saloon. It has security and locking features including programmable key with remote opening and closing of windows, central locking with interior switches and crash sensor . Its restraint systems include aspects like adaptive dual stage airbags for front passengers, three point seat belts with belt tensioner including load limiter, three stage impact protection front crash structure and seat occupancy recognition for front passenger seat. It also has aspects like NECK-PRO crash responsive head restraints for front seats and child proofing for doors.
The E 63 AMG trim is blessed with a set of stylish 18 inch 10-spoke styled lightweight alloy wheels. Its front rims are covered with 255/40 R18 sized radial tubeless tyres while the rear ones are covered with 285/35 R18 sized high performance tyres. The remaining variants have been blessed with a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, which are covered with 245/45 R17 sized tubeless radial tyres that can provide excellent grip on roads.
1. Panoramic sunroof is now a standard equipment in all variants.
2. Performance of AMG variant is remarkable.
3. Interior design and comfort features are top class.
4. Sophisticated external appearance with trademark cosmetics.
5. Pickup and acceleration is its main advantage.
1. Initial cost of ownership can be made competitive.
2. There are no updates given to the technical specifications.
3. Fuel economy is too low compared to other competitors.
4. Cost of maintenance and spares are highly expensive.
5. Low ground clearance of 120mm is a disadvantage.
|E250 CDI Avantgarde |
|47,66,700||49,32,864||49,15,497||47,73,377||48,31,468||47,73,378||48,18,485||Get On Road Price|
|E350 CDI |
|57,21,000||58,62,000||58,41,000||98,79,000||57,42,000||56,72,000||57,26,000||Get On Road Price|
|E 200 CGI |
|45,53,000||47,15,364||46,95,141||46,33,942||46,90,956||46,33,942||46,77,732||Get On Road Price|
|E 63 AMG |
|1,29,33,800||1,31,29,333||1,08,36,845||1,29,94,274||1,08,36,845||1,31,63,734||1,31,63,734||Get On Road Price|
Mercedes-Benz launched the E-Class, E 350 CDI with a V6 heart at Rs 57.42 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Pune). The E350 CDI will join the existing model line up of E200 (2.0L petrol trim) and E250 CDI (2.1L diesel) along with an AMG variant - E63 AMG carrying a V8, 5.5-litre petrol engine. The German manufacturer introduced the E 350 CDI from its manufacturing facility- Centre of Excellence, in Chakan, Pune. The E-Class is not just the highest selling Mercedes in India but is the highest selling luxury saloon in the country. The automaker in order to further expand its model lineup will launch the GLA Class on 30th September, 2014.
In order to expand its model line-up, Mercedes-Benz is all set to launch the E Class E 350 CDI with BlueTEC on September 11, 2014. The automaker will introduce the diesel model straight from where it is manufactured- Centre of Excellence in Chakan, Pune. The saloon features Intelligent Drive’ technology which offers superior control for better safety. Up until now the E-Class is available with 2.0-litre petrol engine in E200, 2.1-litre diesel engine in E250 CDi and the performance variant E63 AMG with 5.5-litre V8 petrol. With the introduction of peppier diesel engine, the manufacturer looks to tap the increasing demand of diesel enthusiasts by giving them a twin turbocharged V6 engine as the new heart of E-Class.
From September there will a number of changes for the E-Class range, including the introduction of the new 9G-Tronic gearbox, new standard equipment, more power and lower emissions. Mercedes-Benz developed the 9G-Tronic gearbox in-house and will be twined with the E 350 BlueTEC engine that is sold in European and North American markets. Even the power of the E-Class has also been increased to a total of 258 hp seeing a bump of 6bhp.