The new E-Class comes with a built-in webcam and apps like Zoom pre-installed
Dubbed as the “bridge between tradition and digitalisation”, the all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class was just unveiled a few hours ago and here are all the juicy details that you need to know about the brand’s best-selling model worldwide.
In terms of its design, the new E-Class has the proportions of a classic three-box saloon with the short front overhang and long bonnet, followed by a greenhouse that is set well back. The “cab-backward” design is rounded off by the well-proportioned rear overhang.
A black panel-like surface connects the radiator grille with the headlamps. This insert in high-gloss black is visually reminiscent of the Mercedes-EQ models. The three-dimensionally designed radiator grille is either progressive or classic, depending on the equipment line.
The new E-Class also has high-performance LED headlamps as standard. As an optional extra, DIGITAL LIGHT is available without and with a projection function. All headlamp variants offer a distinctive day and night design. As a typical feature of the brand, the daytime running lights take the shape of an eyebrow. Powerdomes accentuate the bonnet.
The side view shows off the harmonious proportions and the distinctive “cab-backward” design to particularly good effect. The flush-fitting door handles familiar from the luxury Mercedes-Benz models are available as an option. The two separate character lines on the side emphasise the car’s sporty character.
Highlights at the rear include the two-section LED lights with a new contour and special design: the star motif in both light units provides a special day and night design.
Inside, the dashboard makes for the digital experience in the interior. If the E-Class is equipped with the optional front passenger screen, the large glass surface of the MBUX Superscreen extends to the central display.
The front section of the instrument panel is illuminated by the light strip of the Active Ambient Lighting which runs in a wide arc from the windscreen, past the A-pillars and into the doors. An apparently free-floating control array in the upper section of the door panels matches the look of the glass surfaces of the screens.
The centre console is designed as a homogeneous unit and merges in a straight line into the lower section of the dashboard. At the front, a stowage compartment with lid and cup holders is integrated into the three-dimensionally shaped trim element. There is a soft padded armrest in the rear part of the centre console.
The door centre panel on the other hand, merges seamlessly into the armrest with a concave sweep. The front section here is designed as a metallic high-tech element. It serves as a grab and closing handle, and incorporates the switches for the power windows. Another highlight is the free-floating control array incorporating the door opener and the controls for the seat functions.
The contours of the seat surface and backrest flow elegantly from the inside to the outside, and appear to float above the base of the seat thanks to their layer design. Indented vertical lines follow the outer contour, widening out towards the top.
In the new model, the driver enjoys five mm more headroom than in the preceding model. The rear passengers particularly benefit from the two 20 mm longer wheelbase, where kneeroom and maximum legroom are increased by 10 and 17 mm, respectively.
The increase in elbow width in the rear is even greater as it is now 1,519 mm long. This is an increase by 25 mm, and almost S-class level. The luggage capacity is also up to 540 litres.
For now, there are six variants of the new E-Class, namely the E200, E220d, E220d 4MATIC, E300e, E300e 4MATIC, and the E400e 4MATIC. Half of all the models will be fourth-generation plug-in hybrids, combining combustion engines with electrification. The combustion engines are four and six-cylinder units from the current modular Mercedes-Benz engine family.
In addition to turbocharging, both diesel and petrol engines feature intelligent support from an integrated starter-generator (ISG). They are therefore mild hybrids. Thanks to a new battery, the power of the electric motor has been increased from 15 to 17 kW and the boost torque to 205 Nm. With an electric output of 129 hp, the all-electric range is rated up to over 100 km.
While AIRMATIC air suspension and 4-wheel steering systems are available as options, the infotainment system is also much more advanced than before, with apps like TikTok, Zoom, Webex, and games like Angry Birds coming as part of the package.