Mercedes-Benz recently announced that it will be presenting the all-new W214 E-Class on Tuesday 25th April 2023.
All set to be unveiled in sedan form first, the brand recently revealed the cockpit of the car which looks very futuristic and tech-laden, almost identical to what we get in the EQS electric saloon.
Thanks to digital innovations in the interior, the E-Class also promises to achieve a new dimension of personalisation and interaction. At the same time, the electronic architecture is more software-driven and less hardware-driven. This forms the basis for more individual updating of the interior systems in the future.
The computing functions of previously separate domains take place in a single processor. Screens and the MBUX infotainment system thus share a new, very powerful central onboard computer. This form of networking improves performance, as the data streams can be transmitted significantly faster.
The Entertainment package (MBUX Entertainment Plus) will also be available for the new E-Class. It includes hardware, Mercedes me connect services and a data package from a third-party provider. Depending on the market, a communication module with 5G as the transmission technology is used.
With the new Active Ambient Lighting with Sound Visualisation, occupants in the new E-Class can experience music with three senses: pieces of music and the sound from films or apps can be heard (with Dolby Atmos technology if desired), felt (by means of sound resonating transducers in the optional Burmester 4D surround sound system) and now also “seen”.
Visualisation takes place on the light strip of the Active Ambient Lighting (optional extra). For the first time, this applies throughout in the E-Class. For example, fast sequences of beats can cause rapid light changes, while flowing rhythms can create softly merging lighting moods.
The entertainment programme in the E-Class is also said to be more interactive than ever. The software experts at Mercedes-Benz have developed a new compatibility layer that allows the installation of third-party apps such as TikTok, and even the Angry Birds game.
Another new feature is a selfie and video camera (part of the optional MBUX Superscreen) on top of the dashboard. When the vehicle is stationary, the driver can participate in online video conferences via e.g. Webex, and take personal photos and videos.
That being said, details revolving around the powertrains, variants, and whatnot are yet to be revealed, so watch this space for more updates on the next-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class.