The new E-Class – The most intelligent Business Class sedan
The new E-Class combines sensually pure design and an exclusive interior with innovations that make it the most intelligent saloon in the executive category. There are initially three engines available at market launch: the E 200 with a four-cylinder petrol engine developing 135 kW available.
Despite a significant increase in efficiency and output (143 kW) compared with 125 kW) and far lower fuel consumption (3.9 litres compared with 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres) with the automatic transmission, the basic price of the E 220 d is comparable with that of the previous E 220 BlueTEC.
See some footage of the all-new E-Class:
The E-Class Sedan comes with an extensive array of standard equipment, including the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, Active Brake Assist, the PRE-SAFE® system with PRE-SAFE® Sound, THERMATIC automatic climate control, DYNAMIC SELECT with five selectable transmission modes, the Audio 20 USB infotainment system and electrically adjustable front seats. Exterior and interior individualisation is possible by ordering the AVANTGARDE, EXCLUSIVE or AMG Line design and equipment package.
The new E-Class marks the premiere of numerous technical innovations, including:
- High-resolution MULTIBEAM LED headlamps (R24,500). These headlamps, each with 84 individually activated high-performance LEDs, automatically illuminate the road surface with a hitherto unsurpassed, precision-controlled distribution of exceptionally bright light – without dazzling other road users.
- AIR BODY CONTROL (R29,000). With this multi-chamber air suspension – a first in this segment – the occupants enjoy soft base suspension, and the secure feeling of good handling stability as the speed increases.
- Driving Assistance package (R32,500). Components of this package include the DRIVE PILOT comprising Steering Pilot with Active Lane-change Assistant, extended tolerance levels for the hands-off warning and active emergency-stop assist, Distance Pilot DISTRONIC with extended automatic restart in traffic jams and Speed Limit Pilot, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function and a function for initiating autonomous emergency braking at the tail end of traffic jams, plus Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE®
- Driving Assistance package Plus (R41,000). In addition to the components of the Driving Assistance package, this package includes PRE-SAFE® impulse side. If a lateral collision has been detected and is imminent, this system moves the driver or front passenger away from the danger zone in a sideways direction by way of precaution.
The interior combines emotion and intelligence. Optional highlights for the new E-Class include a wide-screen cockpit with individually configurable double display (R14,500) and the sophisticated COMAND Online multimedia system (R27,900).
The model line-up at a glance:
|E 200||E 220 d||E 350 d|
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||4/in-line||4/in-line||6/V|
(kW/hp at rpm)
|135/184 at 5500||143/194 at 3800||190/258 at 3400|
(Nm at rpm)
|Combined fuel consumption
from (l/100 km)
|Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)||135||143||190|
0-100 km/h (s)
|Top speed (km/h)||240||240||250|
|Price from (R)||R707,100||R759,100||R946,300|
R707,100 – E 200
R759,100 – E 220 d
R946 300 – E 220 d
All three models are equipped with the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.