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Mercedes E-Class revealed

Mercedes E-Class revealed

There’s no shortage of superlatives being bandied about when it comes to the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

“Futuristic.”

“Intuitive.”

“Modernist.”

“Space age.”

“Technologically advanced.”

“Gold standard.”

“More LED lights than the B&Q Christmas aisle.”

Whilst the E-Class is one of the oldest models in the Mercedes range, the veritable cash cow of the brand, it’s been accused of becoming dated. But it won’t be in the slow lane for much longer… as the all-new executive saloon is getting a 21st century make-over.

Worldwide sales of 13 million is testament to the car’s global appeal. And this, the seventh and latest reincarnation, will build on it even further.

In terms of design, the new E-Class will adopt a more homogenous look, in line with the C-Class and the S-Class, losing the boxy look and replacing it with more fluid lines and softer panels. There’s a fresh platform too, with sportier proportions, making it lower, longer and wider than the current model, so no need for compromise on space for those with longer legs or ample luggage.

Inside, it’s a watered down version of the S-Class cabin, with a widescreen high-def digital readout that’s over 24 inches across., wrapped by a door-to-door dashboard

There are no traditional bulbs used in the interior and the LED ambient lighting can be customised with a choice of 64 colours.

The screens are configurable and you can choose between three separate instrument cluster designs – Classic, Sport and Progressive.

The two full-size colour monitors can even screen images of your hand to help you use the controlling touchpad without looking down. The sat-nav can guide you via real images, and the window tint adjusts to suit varying privacy needs. 

The E-class comes with some amazing gadgets. The head-up display incorporates augmented reality which relays real-time information about your surroundings whilst in ‘autobahn mode’ sit back and let the car drive you at speeds of up to 80mph. Alternatively, opt for Magic Body Control, where the car’s on-board cameras will spy undulations on the road ahead and will hydraulically adjust the damping to dial out bumps.

In fact, the Mercedes E-Class is that clever, it can even detect an imminent collision from the side, at which point, PRE-SAFE Impulse Side rapidly inflates the side bolster to nudge the passenger away from the point of impact. Meanwhile, PRE-SAFE Sound pumps noise waves through the speakers to reduce hearing damage following a collision. Impressive stuff.

Smartphones play a significant role with the new Mercedes E-Class. Tight car park space? Well, just step out and let the E-class park itself. A new remote parking app lets drivers park vehicle from outside of the car, whilst another new smartphone feature is Digital Car Key, which lets the driver's smartphone be used as a vehicle key – effectively replacing the conventional key fob. Near Field Communication also allows the car to be locked and unlocked even if the phone is out of battery.

Under the bonnet sees similar significant changes. The word on the street is that it offers ultra-efficient plug-in hybrid versions of the E-Class for the first time, but an official announcement has yet to be made. It’s not all about economy, though, as the E63 AMG range-topper will still be offered, featuring the all-new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.

Power peaks as high as 600bhp – trumping the 552bhp BMW M5 – but we’ll probably have to wait until 2017 before Mercedes pulls the wraps off that model. The brand has also more closely aligned the E-Class and ML-Class, by renaming the SUV as the GLE when the facelifted version went on sale soon. And Mercedes’ rival to the BMW X6 is now badged GLE Coupe.

Mercedes is planning two plug-in hybrid modules, boosting power by either 80bhp or 110bhp, to supplement the engines, with a 30-mile zero emissions range too. There will also be a mild-hybrid option, with 40bhp and just a three-mile range.

The new saloon will be shown in full at the 2016 Detroit auto show so watch this space. 

Allied Vehicle Contracts has delivered thousands of Mercedes models to customers over nearly twenty years. We can find you the best value contract hire or car leasing finance option. Call us now on 0800 028 8323 for free impartial advice. 

 

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