- Range: largest and most varied model range
- Design: new front end with a sporty, muscular character
- Standard appointments: more Mercedes for the same price
- Individuality: choice of three lines and two sports packages
Innovation, individuality, dynamism, economy and quality – these have always been the characteristic attributes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and now they are being reinforced. From summer 2006 this model series will offer even more top-class technology, even more dynamic driving pleasure and even more extensive appointments. All in all, around 2000 components of the Saloon and Estate have been newly developed or improved by Mercedes-Benz, therefore this really is a new generation of the E-Class.
With a total of 29 model variants, Mercedes-Benz offers the world’s largest and most varied model range in the upper medium class. Three autonomous design and equipment lines, two sports packages, five interior and eleven exterior colours, the exclusive designo range and more than 70 innovative extras offer unprecedented scope for individualisation. Making each individual E-Class a valuable one-off. The new generation E-Class has:
- 16 Saloons powered by petrol, diesel and natural gas engines. The range of engine outputs extends from 100 kW/136 hp in the E 200 CDI to 378 kW/514 hp in the E 63 AMG. Five engine variants are also optionally available with 4MATIC four-wheel drive, among them two diesel models.
- 13 Estates with petrol and diesel engines whose output ranges from 125 kW/170 hp to 378 kW/514 hp.
The newly designed front-end design reflects typical attributes of the new generation E-Class: dynamism, performance and serenity. These are e.g. accentuated by the pronounced V-shape of the bumper and radiator grille, which epitomises power and forward motion. The louvred radiator grille is a good three centimetres higher, enhancing these attributes and emphasising the self-assured appearance of these models even more than before. The Mercedes trademark, the world-famous star, has been repositioned to the upper chrome frame of the radiator grille, where it is even more prominent as an identifying feature.
The striking twin-headlamp face remains the defining feature of the front end, however a deeper look into these beautiful “eyes” reveals a new styling effect which further enhances the overall appearance: horizontal louvres divide the upper section of the main headlamps, acting together with other design features to emphasise the width of the front end for a more dominant, muscular impression. When the headlamps are switched on, these louvres draw attention to themselves in another way: they are transparent, and create an interesting lighting effect which lends additional style to the twin headlamp design.
The same applies to the smaller “eyes” in the front end of the E-Class. If the vehicle is equipped with bi-xenon headlamps, the newly developed LED parking lights are brilliant white for an additional eye-catching effect.
Mercedes designers have also restyled the lower section of the bumper cladding and the foglamps to achieve further visual effects. Two prominent bars flowing harmoniously from the contour of the bumper divide the lower air intake and act together with the oval foglamps to contribute a further dynamic aspect to the appearance of the new generation E-Class.
Side and rear aspects: dynamic lines and a powerful finish
Mercedes-Benz has now enhanced the side view with the side skirts familiar from the sporty AVANTGARDE styling. The exterior mirror housings are another example of a pleasing form and perfect function, as their single-axis design is visually more attractive. Changes to the Estate include redesigned roof rails and the roof-mounted aerial, which are now closer to the centre.
Like the side skirts, all models in the new generation E-Class now have a rear bumper in the AVANTGARDE design, thereby accentuating the dynamic aspect of the overall appearance even more at the rear. The chrome strip on the boot lid of the Saloon is now longer, achieving an impression of more width which lends a more powerful appearance to the rear end.
The redesigned rear lights appear larger and more dominant by virtue of lenses in dark-tinted clear glass. The transparent lens of the third brake light allows a view of its up-to-date LED technology; in the Estate this LED strip extends almost across the entire width of the restyled roof spoiler for an even better warning effect.
Mercedes-Benz has upgraded the interior of the E-Class with great attention to detail. All models now have a redesigned four-spoke steering wheel with attractive, elliptical function keys and a new control unit for the standard THERMATIC automatic climate control system, which now has a clearly laid-out information display. The interior colours and fabric patterns have also been newly coordinated.
Standard appointments: significantly more value at no extra cost
Mercedes-Benz has significantly upgraded the already extensive standard appointments to offer its customers further benefits in terms of safety and comfort. All the models in the new generation E-Class are now equipped with the preventive occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®, which is able to activate protective measures even before an impending accident, and flashing brake lights as an effective warning to prevent rear-end collisions. Another new standard feature is the tyre pressure loss warning system, which informs the driver with a message in the cockpit display if the air pressure in a tyre falls rapidly. The standard rain sensor now has two additional, manually adjustable sensitivity settings, and the Estate has a transversely divided load compartment floor with two opening flaps and high-quality chrome handles.
Mercedes engineers have also improved and reconfigured the steering, front axle and gearshift linkage as part of the standard DIRECT CONTROL package, which means that the Saloon and Estate now have even more agile handling with no compromise in terms of comfort.
The E-Class models are powered by up-to-date four, six and eight-cylinder engines. Two of the V8-engines are new developments with an up to 26-percent increase in output; Mercedes-Benz has also developed the two four-cylinder diesel engines further, achieving an increase of up to 18 percent in both output and torque.
Despite these extensive additional appointments and technical improvements, the prices of the four and six-cylinder models remain unchanged. In other words, the new generation E-Class offers even more Mercedes for the same money.