January 13, 2016: The all new Mercedes-Benz E-CLass has made its debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The car will be launched in India sometime later this year, whereas it will go on sale in the US, in summer and will be introduced in the UK, in spring 2016. There were no official announcements by the company regarding disclosing what price-tag will the luxury sedan wield.
|Variants||Ex-Showroom Price||Select to Compare|
| E250 CDI Avantgarde
2143 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 13.0 kmpl
| E350 CDI Avantgrade
2987 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 13.0 kmpl
| E 200 CGI
1991 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 12.0 kmpl
| E400 Cabriolet
2996 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 10.0 kmpl
| E 63 AMG
5461 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 10.2 kmpl
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
|E250 CDI Avantgarde||Diesel||Automatic||2143cc
||9.0||13.0||204bhp @ 4200rpm|
|E350 CDI Avantgrade||Automatic||2987cc
||9.0||13.0||265bhp @ 3800rpm|
|E 200 CGI||Petrol||Automatic||1991cc
||8.0||12.0||184bhp @ 5500rpm|
||8.0||10.0||333bhp @ 5250-6000rpm|
|E 63 AMG||Automatic||5461cc
||7.3||10.2||558bhp @ 5500rpm|
There are many luxury vehicles available in the global automobile market, but Mercedes-Benz E-Class is rated amongst one of the most desired saloons. This iconic vehicle from the German auto giant has received exceptional response from the Indian customers owing to its well equipped feature list and unmatched luxury. Recently, the carmaker had introduced a new variant in its line up that was christened as E400 Cabriolet. This variant is equipped with a powerful 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine under the bonnet that is capable of producing 333bhp of whopping power along with a pounding 480Nm of commanding torque output. This chic looking convertible has two doors and an electric soft top that can be opened or closed in twenty seconds at speeds under 40 Kmph. Now, the manufacturer has launched the 2016 version of this vehicle with additional set of features and equipment. Although, the design and its technical specifications remains the same, new aspects are going to help it maintain its dominance in the automobile market. Apart from the Cabriolet version, the company is selling this model series in three variants among which, two are fitted with a diesel engine and the other one houses a petrol mill. Additionally, this saloon is also available in an AMG version that is powered by a 5.5-litre petrol engine. This variant has an exclusive body kit in the form of sporty bumpers, radiator grille and a sturdy set of alloy wheels, which emphasizes its exclusivity. It gets a new Telematics system featuring navigation ready function. It also gets a high resolution 20.3cm display along with other infotainment facilities. Beside these, the vehicle is fitted with a reverse camera that provides visual aid with dynamic guidelines and assists the driver while maneuvering in tight corners.
There has been no changes to its external appearance. It looks extremely stylish from all the facets owing to its sleek body structure complimented by its dynamic cosmetics. It has several radiant exterior features like bi-xenon headlamps along with horizontally designed LED taillights and chrome accents, which further enhances its majestic stance. Coming to the interiors, its cabin has an attractive dual tone color scheme that is decorated with high-gloss black ash wood trim. There are a number of features provided inside the cabin including an ECO Start/stop function, electrically adjustable seats with memory setting and an advanced 3-zone automatic climate control unit. Apart from these, its all trims have been offered by panoramic sunroof as standard feature. On the other hand, it also gets a lot of safety aspects including acceleration skid control, six airbags, NECK-PRO crash responsive head restraints and electronic stability program.
This 2016 version gets no updates in terms of exteriors and continue to look the same like its predecessor. Like mentioned above, the automaker is offering the panoramic sunroof as a standard feature for all the variants in this series. Its recently launched E400 Cabriolet variant has the same body structure like other trims and yet it looks unique. It is designed with two doors and an electric soft top that can be opened or closed at speed under 40 Kmph. The company has designed this saloon with an attractive radiator grille with a lot of chrome treatment. Furthermore, the AMG version gets an exclusive radiator grille with perforated mesh and a single horizontally positioned louver with company's logo embedded on it. This grille is surrounded by a radiant headlight cluster that is powered by bi-xenon headlamps and signature LED day time running lights. The front bumper is quite wide featuring bigger air intake consoles that provides better ventilation for engine cooling. On its side facet, its wheel arches are equipped with a sturdy set of alloy wheels, wherein its AMG trim gets an exclusive 10-spoke design rims. The wing mirror caps along with door handles are painted in body color, whereas the door sills and B pillars are treated in high gloss black. Furthermore, this model series also gets chrome plated waistline molding that further enhances its majestic stance. The rear facet has a sophisticated look, thanks to its horizontally designed LED brake lights and turn indicators. Its boot lid has a decent structure and is fitted with a chrome garnished strip along with the iconic company’s star.
This luxury saloon is built with a total length of 4879mm along with an overall width of 2071mm (including the outside rear view mirrors). Its height stands at just 1474mm and the minimum ground clearance at 120mm. However, this saloon has a very long wheelbase of 2874mm, which makes its cabin extremely spacious. On the other hand, its Cabriolet trim comes with an overall length, width and height of 4703mm, 2016mm and 1398mm respectively.
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.
This model series has the same interior design like its outgoing model without any change. The cabin of E400 Cabriolet trim has the seating capacity of four passengers, while others variants come with seating capacity of five occupants. Both its entry level variants like E200 and E250 have open pore brown ash wood inserts on its dashboard and door panels. While other trims get high gloss black ash wood inlays that enhances the elegance of its interiors. At the same time, its AMG version gets 'Carbon' interior trim that enhances its sporty appeal. All the seats inside are quite luxurious, as they are ergonomically designed, which can provide excellent support all the way from thighs to head. In AMG version, we can see some exclusively designed aspects like a flat bottomed three spoke steering wheel and sports front seats with massage function. The manufacturer has made use of premium Nappa leather upholstery for covering the seats, steering wheel and gearshift box for rendering a premium appeal to the insides. All the control switches are placed well within the reach of the driver that adds to the convenience.
This vehicle is now blessed with an improved reversing camera that offers visual parking aid to the driver with the help of dynamic guidelines. Apart from this, some updates have been made to the infotainment package that further enhances the entertainment. This model series has a list of features like an advanced ECO start/stop system, electrically adjustable seats with lumbar support, auto dimming effect for interior mirror including driver's side wing mirror and three programmable memory setting for steering and ORVMs. Furthermore, it also gets necessary features like ambient lighting system with 5-stage intensity control, electric sun blinds, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and ashtray package. In addition to these, there is a THERMOTRONIC 3-zone automatic climate control unit, power assisted steering column and an advanced instrument cluster featuring a color display. It provides informatics like outside temperature, trip computer, fuel consumption, fuel gauge, distance traveled, vehicle speed, gearshift position, tachometer, driver’s seat belt warning and a few other notifications.
This saloon looks quite sleek from outside, but has a lot of leg and shoulder space inside. Its front cabin has a total head space of 1048mm along with leg and shoulder room of 540mm and 1490mm respectively. While in the rear cabin, it has 1505mm of shoulder room, 972mm of head space and 508mm of leg room. This vehicle also has a massive 545 litre boot capacity, which can be further increased by folding its rear seat.
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.
The AMG version propels the vehicle towards an electronically governed top speed of 250 Kmph and allows it to break 100 Kmph mark in a mere 4.2 seconds. The entry level petrol trim powered by a 2.0-litre engine can break the 100 Kmph speed mark in 7.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 233 Kmph. The engine of its E350 CDI variant takes only about 6.6 seconds to break the 100 Kmph speed barrier and reaches a top speed of 250 Kmph. On the other hand, the E250 CDI trim goes upto a maximum speed of 242 Kmph, while taking only about 7.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph speed mark.
Ed's Take: Mercedes-Benz India has stuck with smaller engines at the moment, as it will introduce bigger engines at a latter stage.
A commanding 5.5-litre, V-type petrol engine powers its E63 AMG variant. This mill displaces 5461cc and generates 557bhp peak power along with 720Nm torque. Another 2.0-litre, petrol motor is incorporated in its base level E200 CGI trim, which is integrated with a direct fuel injection system. It has a turbocharger and comes with displacement capacity of 1991cc. It carries 4-cylinders that are further fitted with sixteen valves. The maximum power produced by this engine is 181bhp at 5500rpm and it yields torque of 300Nm ranging between 1200 to 4000rpm. Coming to the diesel versions, its E250 CDI trim is powered by a 2.2-litre petrol engine that is integrated with current generation common rail fuel injection system. That power plant has the ability to belt out 204bhp of power at 4200rpm and yields about 500Nm of torque between 1600 to 1800rpm. While its E350 CDI variant is fitted with a 3.0-litre diesel engine that produces a peak power of 262bhp at 3800rpm while yielding 620Nm of torque between 1600 to 2400rpm. On the other hand, the cabriolet version houses a 3.0-litre petrol engine that can generate 333bhp of power in combination with a commanding torque output of 480Nm. The manufacturer has paired all these motors with a 7G-tronic plus automatic transmission gear box, which helps in delivering a power packed performance.
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.
Its 1991cc petrol engine has the ability to give away a peak mileage in the range of 8 to 12 Kmpl. However, its AMG version fitted with a power packed 5.5-litre engine can deliver a maximum mileage of 8.5 Kmpl. On the other hand, its 3.0-litre diesel mill returns about 14 Kmpl, while the 2.2-litre engine can produce 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 2987cc turbocharged diesel engine can churn out a maximum power of 262bhp along with 620Nm of torque. The 2143cc diesel mill has the ability to unleash a power of 204bhp in combination with a torque of 500Nm. On the other hand, the AMG's 5461cc V8 mill can generate a superior power of 557bhp and a hammering torque of 720Nm. The 1991cc, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol mill can pump out 181bhp of power and yields 300Nm of peak torque. Its Cabriolet variant is fitted with a 3.0-litre engine, which has the ability of churning out a maximum power and torque output of 333bhp and 480Nm respectively.
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.
This version is now available with a new Telematics system that comes along with navigation ready function. It has a high resolution color display of 20.3cm and includes Garmin MAP PILOT navigation system. It also supports USB ports and SD card slot, media interface port for iPod or iPhone. Besides these, it also includes Bluetooth interface along with hands free function as well as audio streaming. The manufacturer has bestowed its entry level trims with AUDIO 20CD infotainment system. It includes a TFT color display of 14.7cm and have connectivity options for USB and Bluetooth enabled devices. Moreover, a 6-disc CD changer is also offered. Meanwhile, a sophisticated COMAND Online system is available in its other trims that have a 17.8 inch TFT high resolution color display. It features a navigation system and supports Linguatronic voice control function. Additionally, they come with a Harman Kardon HiFi surround sound system that has 14-loud speakers, which gives excellent listening experience. A number of accessories are also offered, which owners can choose to further improve its styling and comfort quotients. Some of these aspects include spoilers, ski-racks, body graphics, premium leather upholstery, special floor mats and many others in the list.
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.
A robust set of ventilated disc brakes adorns its front wheels, whereas the rear ones are equipped with solid disc brakes. Meanwhile, a composite braking system comprising of internally vented and perforated discs brakes are used for its E 63 AMG trim. It also has anti-lock braking system as well as brake assist function that not just boosts this mechanism, but also helps in preventing the vehicle from skidding. Moreover, the advanced electronic stability control program and acceleration skid control function, which further improves its agility. On the other hand, both its axles are assembled with a proficient direct control suspension featuring selective damping system. Whereas its high end trim is comes equipped with an AMG sport suspension that includes electronically control damping system. This system aids in keeping it stable throughout the drive. Best handling of this saloon is ensured by its speed sensitive power assisted steering system that is highly responsive. It makes maneuverability an easy task for the driver even in heavy traffic conditions.
Ed's Take: The safety features on the E-Class include multiple airbags, ESP, ABS with EBD and PRE-SAFE.
This saloon comes loaded with a number of security aspects that ensures enhanced protection of its passengers. The pre-safe system is one among them, which closes windows and sunroof automatically on sensing a potential collision. The active parking assist with PARKTRONIC is another aspect that provides good assistance to the driver besides simplifying maneuvering in tight corners. It includes active safety systems that helps in preventing possible hazards. It includes ABS, tyre pressure monitoring system, direct control suspension, adaptive brake, ESP and a few others. It has NECK-PRO crash responsive head restraints for front seats that offers support to one's head especially, in case of rear impact. The firm has offered it with a supplemental restraint system that includes tension seat belts, deploys NECK-PRO and airbags, unlocks doors, activates hazard warning lamps as well as crash responsive emergency lighting. The top end variants additionally comes with a 360 degree camera that makes it quite easy for a driver to park this vehicle. In addition to all these, adaptive high-beam assist plus, dual front airbags, three point seat belts with belt tensioners and force limiters, ISOFIX child seat mountings and many others in the list.
What catches everyone's attention is the stylish set of 17-inch alloy wheels that are fitted to the pronounced wheel arches of all its variants. These rims are equipped with tubeless radial tyres bearing the size 245/45 R17. Meanwhile, its E63 AMG trims is bestowed with a set of 18 inch alloy wheels that have ten spoke design and are light in weight. Its front wheels are covered with tubeless tyres of size 255/40 R18 and the rear ones have 285/35 R18 sized tyres. All these perform exceptionally well on both dry and wet surfaces besides providing enhanced grip. A spare wheel is also offered along with necessary tools using which, a flat tyre can be changed.
1. New telematics multimedia system is a plus point.
2. Captivating external look with impressive aspects.
3. Numerous safety aspects ensures maximum protection.
4. Engine performance is quite good.
5. Excellent interior design and styling.
1. Mileage returned by petrol engine should be further improved.
2. Maintenance cost is pretty high.
3. Ground clearance dimension needs to improve.
4. More innovative features can be added.
5. High price tag turns out a major drawback.
|E250 CDI Avantgarde |
|E350 CDI Avantgrade |
|E 200 CGI |
|E400 Cabriolet |
|E 63 AMG |
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