After what seems to have been months of full camo spy photos and rumors of varying credibility, Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed the final piece in their revamped lineup; the 2017 E-Class.
As expected, the new E-Class shares many of the design elements from the S-Class and C-Class. In fact, at a distance, many people would probably have a hard time distinguishing the three apart. However, the E-Class seems to wear the employed design scheme best in my opinion, something that becomes apparent when viewing the side-profile.
The full LED headlights are round, soft, but full of depth and allure. The body lines flow gracefully, without much disturbance from sculpted bonnet, all the way to the tapered rear end. All in all, it is quite the handsome car.
Likewise, the interior space of the E is a mix of the S-Class and C-Class. From the C, the steering wheel, and center console bestow their presence, along with pretty much the entire dashboard from the S-Class. Basically, the E-Class takes the best elements from both those cars interiors, and presents them in a nicely appointed package.
Now, up until this point the new E-Class may seem to just be a bigger C-Class, or smaller S-Class depending on your perspective. This is holds true for looks, but not for technology. The new E-Class (currently) dwarfs both cars when it comes to driving technologies.
There are swipe controls on the steering wheel, which allows for a new level of input for the driver. There is a remote (driverless) parking function. There is a semi-autonomous driving mode, which allows for automatic acceleration, deceleration, and lane-changing when instructed. This system can operate at up to 130mph in well marked roadways, or at a max of 81mph in pretty much unmarked roadways.
And even cooler, the new E-Class packs V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle) and V2I (Vehicle to Infrastructure) system, which pretty much allows the car to communicate with other vehicles and roadway components (road systems, signs, etc). This opens a world of possibilities for not only the E-Class, but modern civilian transportation in general.
As of now, the new E-Class is set to launch in the US with a new 2.0l turbo inline-4. This motor produces a modest 241hp and 276 lb/ft of torque. Managing the thrust is Benz’s 9-speed 9G-Tronic transmission, which should account for a smooth travelling experience. A more powerful motor, as well as a diesel and AMG variant should be announced in the future.
The 2017 E-Class will go on sale in the Summer of 2016.
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