With its distinct, emotive design, exclusive interior and impressive number of innovations, Mercedes-Benz is taking a big step into the future with the all-new E-Class. Recently I ventured to Daimler in Jebel Ali with a petrol head from Australia to pick up the E200 and we were both impressed with the numerous technical innovations in the E-Class that enable comfortable, safe driving on a new level, plus a new dimension in driver assistance.
The design of the all-new E-Class is characterised by hallmark Mercedes-Benz sedan proportions. The elongated bonnet coupled with a coupé-esque roof and broad-shouldered tail end creates an exciting silhouette, while its new extended powerful vehicle body is characterised by short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large wheels and taut well-defined flanks that display a fresh, stylish and dynamic interpretation of the feature line.
The interior of the all-new E-Class embodies the synthesis of emotion and intelligence and the entire cockpit is fully digital. The driver is free to configure the information and views of relevance for them and thus create their own personal cockpit.
In a first for a car, the steering wheel features touch-sensitive Touch Controls that, like a smartphone interface, respond precisely to horizontal and vertical swiping movements. In keeping with the motto “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road“, this allows minimum driver distraction to be achieved.
The last Mercedes I drove was impressive but then most memorable part was the re-contouring seats. In the E-class, the ergonomic seats reflect Mercedes-Benz’s hallmark suitability for long journeys with a refined, sporty look, featuring a unique design for each line.
Furthermore, Active Multicontour Seat package is also available as an option for the front seats. This includes the following functions: Energizing Massage, dynamic seat, multicontour backrest and – new – the active cushion.
An all-new infotainment generation is making its debut in the E-Class equipped with COMAND Online. Its highlights, alongside the double display, include the touch-sensitive Touch Controls on the steering wheel and the new, intelligent graphic design of the Multifunction Telephony. It allows mobile phones to be charged and, at the same time, connected to the vehicle’s exterior aerial – with absolutely no need for cables or a telephone holder.
The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. The same applies to the enhanced ambient lighting included in the lines. With 64 colours, it offers a host of possibilities for personalisation throughout the interior.
The suspension on the all-new E-Class, with three options of selective damping, offers agile driving pleasure and the highest level of ride comfort in this segment.