Comes with S-Class-inspired interior and semi-autonomous technology

Mercedes-Benz began revamping its sedan lineup in 2013, when the current-generation S-Class went on sale. In early 2014, the new C-Class went in production as a shrunken S-Class, with a stylish yet sporty exterior and numerous cues borrowed from Stuttgart’s full-size limo. After more than a year of speculation and months of teasers, the brand-new, tenth-generation E-Class has finally been unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

Not surprisingly, the E-Class was also redesigned around the same styling language that debuted on the current S-Class. Granted, the midsize does have a few unique features of its own, but ignore the tiny details and it seems that Mercedes-Benz adopted Audi’s "same sausage, different lengths" way of doing things. This is obviously part of Mercedes’ plan of providing its sedan lineup with a more cohesive appearance than before, but it remains to be seen whether customers will appreciate it or not. One thing is certain, this has happened before, as the three sedans were quite similar in appearance back in the 1980s.

Styling aside, the new E-Class can brag about a new platform, a redesigned interior that is gorgeous to look at, and a new lineup of powerplants, including both a turbocharged four-cylinder and a brand-new four-pot diesel. As usual, not all engines will be available in the U.S., but more about that in our review below.

Updated 06/17/2016: Mercedes dropped U.S. prices for the E300, standard and 4Matic versions which are now available at dealers nationwide. Prices for all the other versions, including the AMG one will be announced closer to fall market launch. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes E-Class.

Live Unveiling

Exterior

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As suggested by the numerous spy shots we received throughout 2015, the new E-Class can be described as either a larger C-Class or a smaller S-Class.

As suggested by the numerous spy shots we received throughout 2015, the new E-Class can be described as either a larger C-Class or a smaller S-Class. The front and rear fascia are similar if you ignore the proportions, while the profile features pretty much the same swooping roofline, muscular beltline, and similar character lines.

Upon closer inspection, though, plenty of details that make it stand out can be spotted. Up front, the headlamps have a different cluster, even though they feature the trademark LED stripe toward the hood. The A-shaped bumper, now available on almost any model, is also slightly different. Of course, many of the details will change depending on the trim level.

Around back, the shape and size of the taillights differ only slightly from its siblings. The cluster, on the other hand, is similar to the C-Class, having a three-tier configuration with the reverse lights at the bottom. More differences can be spotted in the shape of the trunk lid and the chrome trim above the license plate, as well as in the bumper. The apron is arguably the only thing that is significantly different than that of the C-Class and S-Class.

When viewing the E-Class from the side it becomes quite obvious that Mercedes aimed for a more cohesive design for its sedan lineup. Here, however, the E-Class is more similar to the C-Class than the S-Class, as both the front and the rear fascia are raked at almost identical angles. The roofline is also nearly identical, but the C-pillar is thicker, the rear doors longer, and the rear windscreen has a sportier angle. What sets the E-Class apart is its upper character line. While on the C-Class and S-Class it runs underneath the front door handles and goes down even further toward the rear fenders, on the E-Class it runs through both door handles and remains almost parallel with the beltline toward the taillights. Also, the lower character line, although identical as far as orientation goes, is more subtle. These two features make the E-Class seem less bulky than its siblings and give it a more elegant appearance.

The length has increased from 192.1 to 193.8 inches, while the wheelbase has jumped from 113.1 to 115.7 inches.

As far as dimensions go, the E-Class is a bit larger than its predecessor. The length has increased from 192.1 to 193.8 inches, while the wheelbase has jumped from 113.1 to 115.7 inches.

Just like in the past, the E-Class will be available in several design lines. While Europe will get four, North America will receive just two. Customers will get to choose between the Luxury version, which will feature the classic grille with the three-pointed star on the hood, and the Sport line, which will have a sportier grille with a larger star sitting right in the middle. Both lines will also get their very own details in the front and rear bumpers besides a different standard equipment list.

Design Comparison: C-Class vs E-Class vs S-Class

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Interior

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Not surprisingly, the interior design is also based on the S-Class, which is good news given that the full-size has received one of the most beautiful cabins on the market. We’re looking at the same organic dashboard with a massive touchscreen in the middle, four A/C vents below, and a wide center stack and console with a clean and elegant design.

The entry-level models will get two analogue dials and a seven-inch screen in between, while the more expensive trims will come with a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel.

However, the Germans developed an all new instrument cluster for the E-Class. The entry-level models will get two analogue dials and a seven-inch screen in between, while the more expensive trims will come with a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel. The former will be paired with an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, while the latter will feature an identical 12.3-inch unit atop the center stack.

The steering wheel also received an all-new feature, in the form of touch-sensitive buttons. A world-first in the automotive industry, the said function can detect horizontal and vertical swipes just like the screen of a smartphone or tablet. This innovation will allow the driver to control features of the infotainment system using only their thumbs, which will improve safety. Speaking of the infotainment system, it now comes with redesigned menus and functions, which will probably make it on the S-Class when the full-size receives its mid-cycle facelift.

Much like all new-generation Mercedes models, the E-Class also benefits from Linguatronic voice control, the Comand rotary dial, and energy-saving LEDs for interior lighting. The latter can be had in no fewer than 64 colors, a first for a Mercedes-Benz.

Finally, Stuttgart promises an array of high-grade leathers and wood inserts to choose from, an outstanding attention to detail, and revised seats that offer enhanced comfort or sportiness, depending on the trim. Audiophiles will be happy to know that the new sedan will get an optional, second-generation Burmester sound system with 23 speakers, four of which are integrated into the roof.

Interior Design Comparison: E-Class vs S-Class

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Drivetrain

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The new E-Class will hit U.S. dealerships with just one engine in the beginning. All-new for this model, the unit in question is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger that will inject 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque in the E300. The powerplant will mate to the brand’s 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, while the all-wheel-drive 4MATIC system will probably be offered as an option.

Further model variants will be added to the range after the market launch, including a diesel, a more powerful six-cylinder gasoline unit, and of course, a bi-turbo V-8 for the range-topping AMG model.

Meanwhile, the Euro-spec E-Class will come with four engines from the very beginning. The 2.0-liter four-pot will pump 184 horses and 221 pound-feet in the base model, while the same engine will mate to an electric motor for a hybrid rated at a combined 279 horsepower and a whopping 442 pound-feet of twist. On the diesel front, there’s a brand-new, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which replaces the aging 2.1-liter unit, rated at 195 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. The familiar 3.0-liter diesel will also be offered, albeit with certain upgrades that bring 258 horses and 457 pound-feet on tap.

Stay tuned for more info on North American models. We’ll be back as soon as we know more.

Suspension

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The new E-Class comes with a steel-spring suspension as standard. Mercedes offers two Direct Control system options with selective damping for this suspension — Comfort and Sport. The big news here, however, is the availability of the Air Body Control suspension, a multi-chamber air suspension that controls how firmly the suspension reacts to the road. The first such option in this segment, the Air Body Control features all-around self-leveling for improved comfort and its ground clearance can be increased at the push of a button. Four modes are available for this system, "Comfort," "ECO," "Sport," and "Sport+." A continuously operating, electronically controlled damping adjustment system automatically adapts the damping on each individual wheel to the driving situation and road conditions, providing excellent ride comfort and outstanding driving dynamics.

Safety

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Much like any modern Mercedes-Benz sedan, the E-Class is packed with air bags all over the place, as well as numerous driver assistance systems, many of which are new in this segment. Arguably the most impressive feature is the Drive Pilot, which can enable the E-Class to follow the car in front at speeds of up to 130 mph. The systems uses automatic braking and accelerating, as well as the Steering Pilot to handle moderate bends. There’s also a Speed Limit Pilot function that can automatically adjust the car’s speed according to on-the-road speed limits detected by a camera. These feature are part of the optional Driver Assistance Package Plus.

Other driver assistance systems include Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, and Remote Parking Pilot. The latter allows the vehicle to be moved into and out of garages and parking spaces remotely using a smartphone app.

The E-Class will also have the world’s first fully integral Car-to-X solution. The mobile phone-supported exchange of information with other vehicles further ahead on the road can allow the driver to "see around corners" or "through obstacles" well in advance by receiving an earlier warning in the event of imminent danger, such as a broken-down vehicle at the edge of the road, heavy rain or black ice on the road ahead. Mercedes says more info on this feature will be released at the time of the vehicle’s U.S. launch in summer of 2016.

Prices

In the U.S., pricing for the base E-Class, the E300 Sedan, starts from $52,150, or $53,075 including the destination charge. This sticker makes it only $425 more expensive than the previous model, which is a nice surprise given the heavily redesigned interior and laundry list of standard features. The 4Matic models retails from $55,575 including destination.

E300 Sedan $52,150
E300 4Matic Sedan $54,650

Competitors

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If you are looking to find a competitor for the Mercedes E-Class, you won’t have to look very far, as you’ll find most of them hail directly from Mercedes’ home country of Germany. The list includes models like the BMW BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 in the European market, but in the U.S. market, models like Infiniti M already made a name and managed to steal lots of customers from the three famous German brands. Just like the E-Class, the 5 Series is also about to receive a facelift. It won’t come with any significant updates, just some minor exterior changes. Under the hood, however, the current N55 engine will be dropped in favor of a new inline, turbocharged six-cylinder.

Read our full review here.

2016 Audi A6

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Our favorite of this class is the Audi A6. Prices start from an even lower $42,200, it has the best look of the three German models, and it has the choice of two engines: a 2.0 TFSI and a 3.0 TFSI. The A6, however, does receive one black mark, as the most powerful version delivers just 310 horsepower — significantly lower than the 402 horsepower offered by the E500.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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A massive departure from its predecessor, which had become a little too long in the tooth compared to its German rivals, the new E-Class is definitely one impressive sedan. Sure, many might not agree with its new cohesive design (personally I’m a little disappointed too), but Stuttgart makes up for it with a stunning interior, a ton of state-of-the-art tech, and several new engines that are more powerful and fuel efficient than the current ones. No matter how much criticism it will endure, I’m sure that the new E-Class will see an immediate sales surge that will put it well beyond the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6 just about anywhere in Europe and the U.S. Mercedes just hit the jackpot with this new mid-size, and I’m sure it will take big efforts from BMW and Audi to dethrone the E-Class anytime soon. That’s excellent news for the market though, as stiff competition is what brings us increasingly better vehicles with each generation.

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    • Only one engine in the U.S. at launch
    • Looks nearly identical to the C-Class and S-Class

Mercedes E-Class History

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The Mercedes E-Class traces its roots all the way back to 1952 with the launch of the W120 and W121 "Ponton" cars, which were produced from 1953 through 1962. They were sold under the "180" and "190" model names. The Ponton models were eventually replaced by the W110 "Fintail" models beginning in 1961. Mercedes also produced 6-cylinder Ponton models, the larger W128/W180 220s.

Eventually, innovations around that time allowed Mercedes to evolve the E-Class to become the car that it is today.

The W110 "Fintail" (German: Heckflosse) was Mercedes-Benz’s line of midsize four-cylinder automobiles in the mid-1960s. The line was introduced with the 190c and 190Dc sedan in 1962, replacing the W120 180c/180Dc and W121 190b/190Db. The W110 line was then refreshed in 1965 to become the 230, with the lower 200 and Diesel 200D introduced in 1966. Production for these models lasted just two more years, with the W115 220 and 220D introduced for 1968.

The 1962 190c replaced the W120 180c/180Dc and W121 190b/190Db as Mercedes-Benz’s line of less-expensive four-cylinder sedans. The "D" denoted a Diesel engine, a technology pioneered by Mercedes-Benz and championed despite widespread derision in the motoring press.

Eventually, innovations around that time allowed Mercedes to evolve the E-Class to become the car that it is today. It’s been around for eight generations, which is the automotive equivalent of a really, really long time.

So it goes without saying that the Mercedes E-Class is regarded as one of the pillars of Mercedes’ lineup, a distinction it has earned to its fullest capacity.

Updated History

Updated 01/11/2016: Mercedes dropped the 2017 E-Class at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

Updated 12/28/2015: Mercedes dropped a new video in which it highlights the development processes of its upcoming generation E-Class. According to the company, the new E-Class will be offered with a series of technical innovations which make the most intelligent executive-class saloon. These features enable a high standard of comfortable, safe driving and enter a new dimension when it comes to relieving the stress on the driver. The new Mercedes E-Class will be unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Hit "play" to watch the new video.

Updated 12/21/2015: The upcoming Mercedes E-Class was caught testing on the road wearing pretty much no camouflage. This means of course we are getting closer to its official debut scheduled to happen at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Hit play to watch the barely-camouflaged 2017 E-Class and try to guess the updates it will offer.

Updated 12/09/2015: Mercedes dropped the first official images and details on the interior of the upcoming E-Class.

Updated 11/12/2015: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes E-Class testing again, this time wearing pretty much no camouflage.

Updated 09/14/2015: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes E-Class testing one more time. As you can see the model continues to drop its camouflage, meaning of course that the official debut is getting closer.

Updated 07/08/2015: Mercedes announced that the upcoming E-Class will be offered with new technology features, like the new Remote Parking Pilot System, which allows drivers to move the car backwards and forwards into a tight parking space.

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Spy Shots

November 12, 2015 - Mercedes E-Class caught almost with no camouflage

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September 14, 2015 - Mercedes E-Class continues to strip

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March 11, 2015 - Mercedes E-Class starts loosing camouflage

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December 2, 2014 - Mercedes E-Class caught inside and out

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June 26, 2014 - First Mercedes E-Class Mule Caught Testing

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October 14, 2014 - Mercedes E-Class testing in Germany

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Press Release

Mercedes-Benz is taking a big step into the future with the new E-Class. The tenth-generation of the E-Class sedan delivers stylish highlights with its distinct, emotional design and high-grade interior. The new E-Class also marks the world premiere of numerous technical innovations, enabling enhanced comfort, a new level of safe driving, a new dimension in driver assistance and a new infotainment and control system. A new, optionally available AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension ensures outstanding ride comfort and driving dynamics. The sum total of these innovations makes the E-Class the most intelligent sedan.

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"The E-Class is the core of the Mercedes-Benz brand and in the past has repeatedly redefined the standards in the business-class segment. Now it carries this tradition into the future with a wealth of top-class innovations. The new E-Class takes another major step towards fully autonomous driving. In addition, it enhances efficiency, safety and comfort, reduces the stress level when driving and intensifies driving pleasure," says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Powerful, coupe-esque design

The new E-Class is sophisticated, confidently stylish and sporty. Compared with its predecessor, its wheelbase has grown by 2.6 inches (115.7 inches vs. 113.1 inches) and its overall length by 1.7 inches (193.8 inches vs. 192.1 inches). Its design features hallmark Mercedes-Benz sedan proportions. The elongated hood coupled with a coupe-esque roof flowing into a sensual, broad-shouldered tail end creates an exciting silhouette. The powerfully extended vehicle body is characterized by short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large wheels and taut, well-defined flanks displaying a fresh, stylish and dynamic interpretation of the feature line, all of which allows the E-Class to deliver the perfect take on the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of “Sensual Purity.”

A muscular front end underlines the status to which the business-class sedan aspires, boasting a different look for each design and equipment line. The Luxury version features the classic Mercedes radiator grill with the star on the hood, while the Sport models are identifiable by the sport radiator grill with a large Mercedes star as its centerpiece. Each of the radiator grill designs lends the E-Class a distinct character, offering a unique degree of diversity that makes each model stand out.

At the rear end, broad shoulders above the rear wheel arches lend the E-Class its unmistakably muscular character. Single-piece tail lights featuring a two-bar design framed by the vehicle body clearly identify the E-Class as a new member of the Mercedes sedan family. Rear lights provide additional levels of detail with an appearance designers refer to as the “stardust effect.” Making its debut on the new E-Class, this available "stardust effect" is created by innovative reflector technology with a specially configured surface structure for the tail lights.

Next Level Interior Design

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The interior of the new E-Class embodies the synthesis of emotion and intelligence, poles that are defined by the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy – distinct forms with a sensual flow to them. The U.S. version of the E300 offers a next-generation high-resolution display, with a wide navigation display screen diagonal of 12.3 inches – a first in this segment, and a traditional gauge cluster behind the steering wheel, all integrated into one casing. Beneath its integrated glass frame, the display visually conflates into a wide-screen cockpit that seems to be hovering in thin air, creating a central element that emphasizes the horizontal orientation of the interior design.

Touch-sensitive control buttons (’Touch Controls’) on the steering wheel make their first appearance in a car. Like a smartphone interface, the Touch Controls respond precisely to horizontal and vertical swiping movements, allowing the driver to control the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. In keeping with the motto "hands on the wheel, eyes on the road," this new control interface minimizes driver distraction.

Further controls for the infotainment system are provided by a touchpad with a controller which can recognize handwriting in the center console and a voice control system, accessible at the push of a button. For systems such as air-conditioning or various driver assistance systems, there are direct-access buttons located on the center stack.

A new, intelligent graphic design with high-resolution animations, together with simplified logic, further enhances this all-new infotainment experience. At the same time, the occupants enjoy a spacious interior, which combines the elegance of the luxury class with sportiness.

Intelligent material design

High-quality materials define the E-Class’ interior style, including Natural Grain Ash wood, and wood with “flowing lines.” Another Mercedes hallmark clearly evidenced is the high-quality look and feel created through meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship.

Interior materials and colors have been carefully selected, highlighted by various shades of brown, including several attractive, new color combinations which allow for an even more personalized interior design.

Lighting atmosphere with 64 colors

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Interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology, even throughout the enhanced ambient lighting system. With 64 colors to choose from, the ambient lighting system offers a host of possibilities for personalization, adding touches of light to various trim parts, central display, storage on the center console, handle recesses, door pockets, front and rear footwells, overhead console, and tweeters (if the vehicle is equipped with the Burmester® high-end 3D surround sound system).

Seat design: first class

A further highlight of the new E-Class is its seats. Their ergonomic and sculpted form combines Mercedes-Benz’s hallmark suitability for long journeys with a refined, sporty look. Another new feature in this segment is a Warmth and Comfort package, which includes heated door armrests and center console, heated steering wheel and rapidly-heating front seats.

The rear bench seat in the new E-Class sedan comes with a three-piece backrest with a 40% - 20% - 40% split, making it exceptionally versatile. Integral features of the center armrest include a storage box and two pop-out drinks holders. There is also the option of a holder for a tablet device for the rear passengers.

New engine generation

In the US market at launch, the new E-Class will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Further model variants will be added to the range after the market launch.

Nine-speed automatic transmission

All E-Class models available at market launch will be equipped with the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. This advanced transmission enables both fast gearshifts and low engine revs while cruising, which provides improvements in both efficiency and interior noise levels.

Suspension – sporty comfort

The suspension on the new E-Class offers agile driving pleasure on twisting roads as well as the highest level of ride comfort in the segment. The E-Class sedan comes with a steel-spring suspension as standard. Two DIRECT CONTROL suspension systems with selective damping are available in conjunction with this suspension:

DIRECT CONTROL Comfort suspension
DIRECT CONTROL Sport suspension

AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension

Alternatively, the new E-Class can be equipped with a multi-chamber air suspension at all corners – the only car in its segment to offer this option. Three chambers of different sizes in the spring struts of the rear axle and two in the spring struts of the front axle make it possible to control, in three stages, how firmly the suspension reacts to the road. In this way, the occupants enjoy a soft base suspension, together with the secure feeling of good handling stability as speed increases.

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Furthermore, the highly sensitive and fast-responding AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension features all-round self-leveling for excellent ride comfort even with the vehicle loaded. It automatically controls the ride height depending on the speed and reduces fuel consumption on the freeway, for example, by lowering the vehicle. When driving on rough roads, ground clearance can be increased at the push of a button.

The multi-chamber air suspension is supplemented by a continuously operating, electronically controlled damping adjustment system, which automatically adapts the damping on each individual wheel to the current driving situation and road conditions. The system therefore delivers good road roar and tire vibration characteristics, excellent ride comfort and outstanding driving dynamics.

A DYNAMIC SELECT switch in the cockpit enables the driver to select from four AIR BODY CONTROL modes: "Comfort," "ECO," "Sport" and "Sport+." The additional "Individual" option allows drivers to configure their vehicle to suit their own preferences.

Next-generation driver assistance systems

Mercedes-Benz’s new assistance and safety systems take safety, comfort and driver assistance to a new level.

Standard on the new E-Class is PRE-SAFE® Sound. This system is based on a protective human reflex in the inner ear, called the stapedius reflex. PRE-SAFE® Sound emits a short interference signal through the vehicle’s sound system if the risk of a collision is detected. This signal can trigger the natural reflex and thus prepare the occupants’ ears for the expected sound of the accident.

Active Brake Assist, fitted as standard, is able to warn the driver of impending crash situations, provide just the right level of support during emergency braking and, if necessary, also apply the brakes automatically. In addition to slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing within the area ahead of the vehicle.

Additional standard equipment includes ATTENTION ASSIST with adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness, and Crosswind Assist, which can assist the driver by substantially mitigating the effects of strong crosswinds to prevent the vehicle from drifting too far off track.

Highlights of the optional Driver Assistance Package Plus that make the E-Class the most intelligent sedan in its class include:

DRIVE PILOT: This system represents Mercedes-Benz’s next step along the road to autonomous driving. While on both freeways and country roads, Distance Pilot DISTRONIC is not only able to automatically maintain the selected distance from the vehicle in front, but, for the first time, it can also follow the traffic in front at speeds of up to 130 mph. This can make life easier for the driver, who no longer needs to operate the brake or accelerator pedal during normal driving and also receives plenty of steering assistance from Steering Pilot – even on moderate bends. Another unique feature of Steering Pilot is that the system can continue to actively intervene by taking account of surrounding vehicles and parallel structures, even if the lines are unclear or nonexistent, as they can be during road construction, even at speeds up to 81 mph. The system therefore makes driving much easier, especially in traffic jams or heavy congestion. Additional DRIVE PILOT innovations include, for the first time, Active Lane-change Assist. This radar-and-camera-based system assists the driver when changing lanes on multi-lane roads and can steer the vehicle into the lane selected by the driver – when overtaking, for example. Once the driver has indicated a turn for at least two seconds, Active Lane-change Assist assists with steering into the adjacent lane if it detects that the lane is unoccupied. More details will be offered at the time of the U.S. launch in summer 2016.
Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function: Compared with the standard version, this system has extended speed thresholds with respect to vehicles and pedestrians. Furthermore, it can detect crossing traffic at junctions and, if the driver fails to respond, apply the brakes autonomously. For the first time, it can also detect hazardous situations at the tail end of a traffic jam where there is no room to maneuver and initiate autonomous braking well in advance. Consequently, it is possible to completely avoid accidents at speeds up to 43 mph or substantially reduce the severity of accidents at speeds above this level.
Evasive Steering Assist: This new system ideally complements the pedestrian detection function of Active Brake Assist. When the driver deliberately or instinctively performs an evasive maneuver in a dangerous situation, this function can assist by adding precisely calculated steering torque to support the movement of the steering wheel. This helps the driver to avoid, for instance, a pedestrian in a controlled manner while subsequently facilitating the straightening-up of the vehicle to allow the situation to be negotiated safely.
Advanced assistance systems: The intelligent assistance systems in the new Driver Assistance Package Plus also include proven systems that have been further developed in terms of their mode of operation and the sensors they use. Active Lane Keeping Assist can help stop the driver from unintentionally changing lanes, this being done by corrective one-sided application of the brakes, including in the case of broken lines and risk of collision, e.g. with oncoming traffic or fast overtaking vehicles. Active Blind Spot Assist can now also warn of the risk of a lateral collision in typical urban traffic at low speeds. PRE-SAFE® PLUS can also protect against collisions with traffic following behind, reducing whiplash and other adverse effects on the occupants.

The range of new features in the new E-Class also includes:

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Remote Parking Pilot: For the first time, this system allows the vehicle to be moved into and out of garages and parking spaces remotely using a smartphone app, enabling the occupants to get into and out of the car easily, even if space is very tight. More details will be offered at the time of the U.S. launch in summer 2016.
Car-to-X communication: The MY2017 E-Class will have the world’s first fully integral Car-to-X solution going into series production. The mobile phone-supported exchange of information with other vehicles further ahead on the road, for example, can effectively allow the driver to "see around corners" or "through obstacles" well in advance. This means that the driver receives an earlier warning than previously in the event of imminent danger, such as a broken-down vehicle at the edge of the road or also in the event of heavy rain or black ice on the road ahead. In this case, the new E-Class simultaneously acts as a receiver and a transmitter, since warning messages are conveyed automatically by evaluating vehicle status or manually by the driver to the backend. More details will be offered at the time of the U.S. launch in summer 2016.
PRE-SAFE® impulse side: This system is part of the Driving Assistance package PLUS. If a lateral collision has been detected and is imminent, it preventively moves the driver or front passenger away from the danger zone to the side. To do this, the system inflates an air chamber in the side bolster of the front seat backrest nearest the side of the imminent impact in a fraction of a second, thus increasing the distance between occupant and door while, at the same time, reducing the forces acting on the occupants.

Three-dimensional listening pleasure

Fitted as standard, the Mercedes-Benz Frontbass system in the new E-Class delivers a unique listening experience, utilizing space in the cross-member and side member of the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers. The E-Class is optionally available with two Burmester® sound systems, including the top-of-the-line Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system. If the vehicle is equipped with the optionally available Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system with 23 speakers, the occupants are treated to a listening experience reminiscent of the acoustics in a concert hall, as it includes a third dimension of sound courtesy of roof speakers.

Robust yet lightweight bodyshell

An outstandingly stiff body forms the basis for exceptional handling, astonishingly low noise and vibration levels and a high level of crash safety. To achieve this, the engineers opted for a bodyshell with a far higher proportion of aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel components than its predecessor. The front fenders, hood, trunk lid and large sections of the front and rear ends are made of sheet or cast aluminum. This lightweight design reduces fuel consumption while making for perceptibly sporty and agile vehicle handling.

Against the wind

Aerodynamic performance is one of the main reasons behind the outstanding efficiency of the new E-Class. To achieve this, the aerodynamics experts had to optimize numerous details and implement new ideas. The sophisticated aerodynamics also minimizes wind noise while making sure that the new E-Class is quieter than many luxury-class models.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class High Resolution Exterior
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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be available at US dealers in the summer of 2016.

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