Mercedes has officially revealed the all-new E-Class at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Like the C-Class, the 2016 E-Class also takes its design cues from the S-Class. The entry-level and Exclusive trim has the traditional front grille, while the Avantgarde and AMG models will have a two bar grille with a large Mercedes logo in the middle. Multibeam LED headlights and “stardust effect” taillights are optional equipment.
The interior also gets a major upgrade, featuring higher quality materials and the design language of the S-Class. It gets a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive control buttons that respond to horizontal and vertical swiping movements.
In Europe, the E Class will get two different engines options initially. The E 200 will have a 2.0-lite 4-cylinder petrol motor that produces 184 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. The E 220 d has a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine with 195 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
Later on, Mercedes will introduce an E 350 d with a 6-cylinder diesel engine that develops 258 hp and 620 Nm of torque. There will also be an E 400 4MATIC with a 6-cylinder petrol engine that produces 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque.
Mercedes will also offer an E 350 e plug-in hybrid which has a 4-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor, and a battery pack. This gives it a combined output of 279 hp and 600 Nm of torque. The model can travel approximately 30 km on electricity alone.
In the United States, the E Class will be launched with a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine that develops 241 hp and 370 Nm of torque. It will be mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
The new E-Class has an optional semi-autonomous driving system called Drive Pilot. When activated, the system will automatically drive the car on highways at speeds up to 210 kph.
The 2016 Mercedes E-Class should arrive in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and other GCC countries in the next few months.
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