Somethings are made to be timeless and that is exactly what the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is all about. The E-class has been a favorite luxury sedan around the world and a best seller too. Mercedes-Benz had started their innings in India with the E-Class, twenty years back. This time the company has introduced an all new version of this sedan and it is better than ever before. We drive the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and tell you what is special in this car.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Price
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been priced at INR 61.5 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai) for the petrol version (E200) and the diesel (E350d) is INR 73.2 lakhs. The E-Class is a long-wheel base version, which means it has more knee room for the rear passenger.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Design
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is based on the Sensual Purity design philosophy which was also used to design the C-Class and S-Class. the new model is curvier and the design has a better flow than the earlier model. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets new front bumpers, similar to the AMG sports package ones in the current E-Class, which has two air intakes and a mesh grille and looks more aggressive. The front grille is the classic and iconic Mercedes grille but has simpler flowing lines. It also has full LED headlamps with stylish DRLs. The grille has a big logo in the centre, similar to the current E-Class. From the rear, it looks very similar to the C-Class. It is only from the side that you can make out the difference.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the long wheelbase version and comes for the first time to India. In fact, India is the only market in the world to get a right hand drive, long wheelbase version. The design of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has better aerodynamic efficiency that sees the drag coefficient reduce to 0.23 from 0.25 in the previous model. These are class-leading figures.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior
The interior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the most interesting part. It is highly elegant and a significant change over the current model. The interiors get some first time features like a 12.3-inch full HD screen for media.
Mercedes-Benz has included touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel, which is a first in the automobile industry. These buttons have a horizontal and vertical swipe function, similar to touchscreen phones or tabs and can easily manage controlling the infotainment system. However, it doesn’t lose out on the traditional COMAND controller dial on the floor console in between the front seats. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class also gets a 13-speaker Burmester audio system which gives out clear and crisp sounds. Another first time feature in the interior is the LED lighting with 64 colour options.
There is oodles of space in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, specially legroom at the rear. The Long wheelbase certainly playing its part here.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Engine
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E- Class will see a shift in engines. E200 gets a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 184bhp and 300Nm of torque. Then there’s the E350d with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with 258bhp and a mammoth 620Nm of torque. These engines come mated to a 9G-Tronic, nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
We drove the E350d and found the car to have very good punch. This mixed with a high refinement adds to the driving pleasure. There are driving modes with individual preferences which take customization to a higher level. This a very torquey motor and brilliant for high speed overtaking.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Ride and Handling
This is one car that has a phenomenal ride quality. The E350d additionally gets Air Body Control that aides in a supple ride and takes care of vertical movement in the car. The E-Class rides smoothly even over some harsh terrains. On flat roads it pure bliss in the way it just glides. Also, this ride quality is enjoyed the most in the rear seats.
The rear seats of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class are one of the most comfortable places to be in. The backrest reclines in this one and also gets a memory function, just like the front seats. The rear headrests have extra soft cushioning and it feels like a soft pillow. The E-Class pampers you like none other.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Safety
Similar to other Mercedes-Benz cars, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comesloaded with safety features. There are 7 air bags all around,and plenty of driver assistance systems, many of which are first in segment. There is an Active Parking Assist that aides in safe parking.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Competition
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will compete with the new Audi A6, 2017 BMW 5 Series, new Jaguar XF and Lexus GS. Mercedes-Ben is trying hard to make its best selling sedan even better with all-round abilities that better its competition. It has already indicated this by introducing forst time featured in the segments, something that other will have to catch up with.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Launch Date
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be launched on 28th February. It is for the first time that long wheelbase version is being launched in India. This is the best selling sedan for the Stuttgart automaker in India.
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