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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Officially Launched

As promised, luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz officially launched its much awaited Tenth-generation E‑Class on January 11, which according to them delivers stylish highlights with its distinct, emotive design and high-grade interior.

It premieres technical innovations which are comfortable with safe driving and new dimension in driver assistance on offer amongst others.  It has high levels of comfort and technology packed into it.  Gadgets like ‘Active Lane-change Assistant which allows the driver to steer into the selected lane as if by magic, make the E-Class the most intelligent saloon in the business class.’
Exterior
The new E-Class remind me of the current C-Class and S-Class, although it has its own peculiarities, its sophisticated, stylish and sporty with a contemporary outlook.  In comparison ot the outgoing model, its grown by  65 millimetres with an elongated hood and a roof flowing into a tail end with curves that accentuates its sportiness.  It has short overhangs, a very decent wheel base and fresh-looking appeal which draws you to it.
According to the automaker, ‘The base version classic features the Mercedes radiator grille with the star on the bonnet, as does the EXCLUSIVE line – albeit in an even more elaborate fashion. The AVANTGARDE and AMG Line models are identifiable by the sports radiator grille with a large Mercedes star as its centrepiece. Each of the radiator grille designs lends the E-Class a distinct character, offering a unique degree of diversity that makes each different model stand out.’

Interior
The interior looks opulent, futuristic and minimalist with next-generation high-resolution displays, with each one having  a wide screen diagonal of 12.3 inches  and beneath their shared glass cover, are two displays which visually ‘conflate into a wide-screen cockpit that seems to be hovering in thin air’.
According to information available at the launch, the driver can choose between three different styles to select:  “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive” for their preferred design for the wide-screen instrument cluster
A touch-sensitive control buttons (‘Touch Controls’) on the steering wheel in addition are offeredfor the first time in a car. Similar to a smartphone interface, ‘they respond precisely to horizontal and vertical swiping movements, allowing the driver to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel’.
Mercedes say high-quality materials will define the interior style. Open-pore woods, wood in a yachting look with flowing lines as a contemporary interpretation of inlaid wood and a novel metal fabric are adopted.
Engine
Under the hood is a  newly developed diesel engine together with lightweight design and record-breaking aerodynamics which set efficiency standards in its segment- Its six-cylinder engine incorporating advanced SCR exhaust technology, with a peak torque of 620 Nm produces an  output of 190 kW (258 hp).
At market launch, it will come with  two engines, a four-cylinder petrol engine and the E 220 d with an all-new four-cylinder diesel engine.  Other variants include a PLUG-IN HYBRID allowing around 30 kilometres  of mission-free driving.  According to Mercedes-Benz, ‘Its four-cylinder petrol engine, in conjunction with a powerful electric motor, gives it a total system output of 210 kW (286 hp) with a system torque of 550 Nm’.
The E 400 4MATIC with a six-cylinder petrol engine has an output of 245 kW (333 hp) with a maximum torque of 480 Nm. All models available at market launch are equipped with the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Technology and Package
When loaded, the highly sensitive and fast-responding AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension feature will give an all-round self-levelling for excellent ride comfort.  This will control the ride height automatically depending on the speed and reduces fuel consumption on the motorway.
Driver assistance systems such as DRIVE PILOT, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Evasive Steering Assist, Advanced assistance systems, Remote Parking pilot, Car-to-X communication, RE-SAFE® impulse side, PRE-SAFE® Sound, High-resolution MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, each with 84 individually controlled high-performance LEDs  are available on the E-class
It has a Digital vehicle Key , a drive authorisation system that uses Near Field Communication technology and allows the driver’s smartphone to be used as a vehicle key.  I could go on and on as the list seems endless, the new E-Class is a compendium of tools and gadgetry that is very exclusive to its segment.
No price indication has been given yet, we will also be seeing it at the Detroit Motor Show which already began.

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