Available in Exclusive, Avantgarde and AMG Line versions
Auto Nation Group, Inc., the official importer and distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the Philippines, launched on June 27 the all-new E-Class at the Shangri-La at the Fort at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
The company said in a statement that the new E-Class is the most technologically advanced E-Class ever made and is prized to take on the likes of the Audi A6, the BMW 5 Series, the Jaguar XF and the Lexus GS. Much of this tech wizardry has actually gone to the E-Class’s safety systems, which are aided by a network of cameras, sensors and radar systems that are fitted as standard.
First off, Active Brake Assist warns the driver of impending collisions, autonomously activating emergency brakes when necessary, and detects pedestrians crossing the danger zone ahead of the vehicle. Next, Attention Assist keeps the driver focused on the road, alerting him or her when he or she is getting inattentive or drowsy.
One optional system is Drive Pilot, which follows road markings and intuitively adjusts to the speed of traffic ahead. More optional driver-assist features include the Steering Pilot, which maintains the car straight on its lane and prevents it from unintentional swerving, and Active Lane Change Assist, which allows the car to move on its own once it detects a clear lane.
The new E-Class now comes in three variants: the traditionally styled Exclusive with its chrome eggcrate grill, hood ornament and chrome body accents, the more modern-looking Avantgarde with its large three-bar grill and body-color accents and the sporty AMG Line that features a model-exclusive body kit and twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels.
Regardless of which variant you choose, the new E-Class features a smoother profile than its predecessor, as well as styling cues that debuted in the larger S-Class and the smaller C-Class. Up front, the headlights are reminiscent of the latter car and can be optioned as LED units.
Down the side, it’s essentially an S-Class that has been slightly reduced in size, although the company said that the new body is not only 43 millimeters longer and 70 kilograms lighter than the previous model, but also has a wheelbase that has been extended by 65 millimeters. A sharp crease running from the fenders, through the door handles and to the rear doors accentuate a fairly high beltline that is matched by tall trunk. The company said customers can order wheels ranging from 16 to 20 inches, depending on variant.
Meanwhile, the back end is reminiscent of other Mercedes-Benz sedans, although the E-Class receives unique LED taillights. The lower bumper has also been smoothened out and now features small reflectors.
Much like the exterior, the E-Class’s cabin is an assemblage of design cues from the C-Class and S-Class. Most prominent are the two large gauges and the center infotainment screen, the latter of which is controlled by either the touch-sensitive pads on the steering wheel or the touchpad and scroll wheel combination in the center console. The company said the E-Class can also be ordered with two 12.3-inch high-resolution displays for the gauge cluster and the infotainment screen, along with a panoramic sunroof for more natural light into the cabin.
All these clusters are framed by swathes of high-quality leather, as well as wood veneer that sweeps from door to door as it runs through the center of the dashboard (accented by the 64-color interior lighting strips). In addition, the circular motif of the air vents could be complemented by the optional Burrmester 3D surround-sound system that includes four roof-mounted speakers. Above the touchpad are metal switches for the climate-control system, as well as buttons for the E-Class’s auxiliary functions.
Five driving modes
Although a multitude of engines and body styles will become available in the future, the E-Class launched at the event (the E200) is powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, direct-injection inline-four producing 184 horsepower and 300 Newton-meters torque, which are coursed through a nine-speed automatic with optional paddle shifters. The company said the E200 will go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 7.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 240 kp/h.
In addition, the company said the new E-Class comes standard with Dynamic Select, which includes five driving modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.