Mercedes-Benz E-class comprises a range of executive sedans, offered in numerous build and power plant configurations since its launch in 1993. This sedan range has survived market competitions and challenges through nine generations of its presence, and yet creates new limits of functionality. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class has allegedly discovered horizons which are way ahead of other players and pledged to continue to do so for yet better performances.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class – Design Updates
Throughout 2015, rumors, teasers and spy shots delighted car enthusiasts and fans alike into what the model would actually look like. Now that it has been officially unveiled at 2016 Detroit Auto Show, 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class has proved every rumor to hold some value. The design can be described as a smaller S-Class or a larger C-Class; closer inspection reveals a lot of details which can make it stand out.
Different cluster headlamps with the trademark LED strike towards the bonnet, a slightly different A-shaped bumper (details will probably vary on other trim levels), and a three tier rear lamp configuration with reverse lights at the bottom, minor differences in trunk lid design, rear bumper and chrome trimmings above license plates can be observed.
Significant changes are visible on the apron, which is quite different than both C-Class and S-Class. Other than these, the swooping roofline, characteristic body lines, and muscular beltlines all represent the design and build of these two mentioned classes.
Side view of 2017 E-Class shows a thicker C-pillar with elongated rear doors, the upper character line runs along both front and rear door handles and is almost parallel to the beltline. On comparing with current E-Class models, it can be observed the new E-Class has jumped in length and wheelbase by about 1.7 inches and 2.6 inches respectively.
Like current and previous generation models, 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be available in numerous design lines. Two variants: a Sport Line featuring the classic Mercedes-Benz grille with a bigger star placed at the middle, and a Luxury Variant featuring the classic Mercedes-Benz grille with three-pointed stars will be offered with different sets of standard equipment kits.
The interiors will largely be of same as that of S-Class, and a technology suite featuring a giant 7-inch display. Touch sensitive buttons on the steering wheel will make driving easier, and numerous upgraded functions for infotainment.
Those intrigued by audio systems will be delighted to know that a 2nd generation Burmester audio system equipped with 23 speakers will be available as standard .Lexus GS, BMW 5-Series, Jaguar XF, and Audi A6.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class – Powertrain and Fuel Economy
US Markets will receive only one option initially: a 2.1-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder unit which can generate in excess of 195 hp and 369 lbs of torque. European markets will receive 4 engine options: a 3.5-liter 4 cylinder gasoline unit (302 hp/273 lb-ft of torque), a hybrid unit containing the 3.0-liter 4 cylinder unit (329 hp/354 lb-ft of torque), 4.0-liter V8, and the upgraded 3.0-liter diesel unit. All these will be coupled with 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 9 speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission with 4MATIC all-wheel drive configuration as standard.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class – Price and Availability
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will go up against Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series from late 2016 with an estimated price tag of $53,000 for base models. In all probability there will be other higher versions and prices of those will be higher obviously for having more features.