Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Extended Wheelbase): Old Vs New - Spec Comparison
The new long-wheelbase E-Class will set high standards of cabin room and equipment in the mid-size luxury segment
Mercedes-Benz is doing something out-of-the-box with the launch of the next-generation of one of its bestselling models in the country, the E-Class. The German luxury automaker will introduce the long-wheelbase version of the new fifth-gen E-Class in India, which was China-exclusive until now. Mercedes-Benz India will wrap up this month with the launch of the new model on February 28.
The new E-Class extended wheelbase (project name V213) will replace the fourth-gen regular wheelbase model (project name W212). For the uninitiated, the fifth-gen E-Class made its world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January, while the long wheelbase version was premiered at the 2016 Auto China in April. This will put the new E-Class in a league of its own since its competitors such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and the Jaguar XF are offered in their regular versions. Let us take a look at the specification comparison of the new and the outgoing model of the E-Class in India.
To start with, the new fifth-gen extended wheelbase version is over 180mm longer than the outgoing model. The height and width of both the sedans are largely the same. However, with over 200mm of extra wheelbase compared to the previous model (which had no long wheelbase version in India), the new 2017 model is unmatched in terms of rear cabin space.
As far as engines are concerned, the extended wheelbase 2017 fifth-gen E-Class shares its engines with the outgoing model, both petrol and diesel motors. However, unlike the previous model that came with a choice of two diesel engines, it will only offer the powerful V6 oil burner. Also, Mercedes-Benz has upped its game when it comes to transmission options: the new E-Class will come with the brand’s latest 9G Tronic automatic transmission (nine-speed automatic gearbox) with both the engine options.
All in all, Mercedes-Benz is trying its luck with offering something which is not present in the E-Class’ segment. Only time will tell that whether this popular China-exclusive model will take the popular E-Class nameplate further in the country. We expect the automaker to price the 2017 extended wheelbase E-Class in between Rs 60-75 lakhs.
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