The 2017 Mercedes E Class which was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January this year is in attendance at the ongoing 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The new gen luxury sedan is a radical changeover from its predecessor but bears a very strong resemblance to its stablemates – the C and S Class.
The new E is based on the versatile MRA (Modular Rear-wheel drive Architecture) which also underpins the C Class and S Class models. The new saloon is 43 mm longer than its predecessor (wheelbase is 65 mm longer). The smooth and flowing design lines have resulted in an impressive drag coefficient of 0.23.
The 2017 E Class is offered with two engines as of now. The E 200 packs a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor which has 184 PS and 300 Nm of torque on tap. The E 220 D houses a 2.0-litre turbo diesel under the hood with 195 PS and 400 Nm on tap. Moving forward, the E 350d with 258 PS 3.0-litre V6 diesel and 279 PS (combined) E 350 e petrol hybrid model with 2.0-litre engine + electric motor would be added to the lineup. A 9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox is a standard transmission option. Depending on the market, the sedan will also be offered with 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
The sedan features LED headlights, 12.3-inch infotainment display, ambient lighting with 64 color options, touch sensitive media buttons on the steering wheel, Burmester sound system, Attention Assist, Drive Pilot, Active Brake Assist with Cross Traffic Alert, Remote Parking Pilot, Pre-Safe, Car-to-X communication, optional Direct Control with selective damping and Air Body Control suspension system, and several others.
The 2017 Mercedes E Class would be launched in India sometime later this year as a locally assembled model.