The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class has recently been revealed at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. This new release is already the tenth generation of E-Classes. It is heavily inspired by the most recent Mercedes-Benz S-Class, with addition of some small unique details. However, it is still very similar and it seems to be due to Mercedes’ aspiration to create a more one-minded sedan collection. Although the rule is to never change a winning team, we are wondering if the public will appreciate this line of thinking when they could also have been offered a more creative model.
Like we stated in the intro, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is strikingly similar to Mercedes’ latest S-Class and C-Class model. When lining up these three models according to size, the E-Class would be right in the middle.
The front is recognizably Mercedes. The headlights, though in a different cluster than on the S-Class, still feature those notable LED stripes flowing toward the hood. The large lightly diamond-shaped grille is also trademark Mercedes. Depending on which of the available design line is chosen (four for Europe, two for USA), the brand’s logo will either be in the middle of the grille or on top of the hood. On the lower fascia there is a very large air vent, flowing from side to side and shrinking in the middle. All in all, it is a very stylish and classy face.
Looking at the side, the E-Class definitely looks more streamlined than its C- and S- siblings. The rear window is more angular and creates a fast car vibe.
The back of the car differs on some points. The taillights are rounder, the exhausts are shaped a bit differently and the chrome line above the license plate has a more elegant shape.
The Mercedes driver is a person that appreciates the classy, traditional Mercedes styling. They won’t be bothered by the conventional exterior, it is in fact what they like so much about this brand. The interior of the car is where they will spend most of their time and what is important to them. Now the Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior design is something to get really excited about. Mercedes did redesign this completely and it is far better than we expected.
We can still see the inspiration from the S-Class, which is a good thing. That one has baffled us with its luxury and en pointe design, but the E-Class is not just a direct copy. First of all, it has been upgraded with an amazing new instrument cluster.
The standard trims will be equipped with two analogue gauges and a 7 inch display in between. Also, an 8.4 inch infotainment touchscreen positioned on the centre console. The higher trims will have a 12.3 inch screen above the steering wheel, also functioning as gauges. The infotainment screen is also 12.3 inch.
Mercedes hasn’t stopped there with the upgrades. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be the first car featuring touch-sensitivity. The buttons on the steering wheel can be operated with a swipe of the finger, just like smartphones. This improves safety as the driver can swipe the buttons with the thumb, while keeping both hands safely on the wheel.
Ambient lighting on the energy saving interior LEDs features 64 different tints. Optional are high quality leather seats, wood trims and a Burmester sound system featuring 23 speakers.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will offer enough choice in the engine department as well. Europe can choose between four different engines, while USA will have to make do with just one, for the time being.
The European standard model comes with a 2.0L four cylinder engine, making 184 horsepower. The same engine will be featured in the hybrid version, making 279 horsepower when combined with the electric battery. The diesel option will also be a 2.0 liter four cylinder, making 195 HP. Lastly, there’s a 3.0 liter diesel engine to choose that makes 258 horse power.
The standard USA engine will be a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder, making 241 HP. A nine-speed automatic transmission will be standard and all wheel drive (AWD) will be optional. After the release of the first model, other models will follow. Those will be a diesel engine, a six cylinder gasoline engine and a bi-turbo V8 for the highest trim.
Most notable of tech specs is Mercedes Drive Pilot’, which enables the car to follow the car in front of it at a safe distance, up to 130 mph (210 kph). The Speed Limit Pilot uses a camera to discover maximum speed signs and accordingly limits the car’s speed. These features will be offered as a part of the Driver Assistance Package Plus and turn the car into a semi-autonomous vehicle.
Other driver assistance features are: Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist and Remote Parking Pilot. That will make it possible for the car to be moved in and out of garages or parking spaces remotely, with use of the smartphone app.
Price and sale date
The lowest trim of the E300 sedan will start at $52,150 for the US. Prices for the upcoming models are not known yet.
European prices start at around €52,000, depending on in which country the car is bought. The highest trim, the Mercedes AMG model will cost around €75,000.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is on sale now.