After a long teaser campaign and leaked images that revealed everything except the powertrains and price, Mercedes-Benz officially revealed the fifth generation of the E-Class. The best selling model from Mercedes-Benz, the new E-Class will have its first public premiere on Monday (11 January) at the Detroit Auto Show.
As expected, the E-Class features the new design language of Mercedes-Benz sedans seen in new S-Class and the C-Class. All three updated sedans now look more similar and you need to observe them very carefully to identify each model. Compared to the outgoing model, the 2017 E-Class increased its length by 43mm to 4923mm and this sedan is now 2mm narrower and 6mm lower.
The E-Class will get different front grill according to the variants. The entry-level and Exclusive variants will sport traditional grille with a star emblem on the hood, while Avantgarde and AMG models will have a two-bar grille with a large Mercedes emblem. The grille is flanked by the optionally available Multibeam LED headlamp system. This headlamps use 84 individually controlled high-power LEDs in each headlamp, making them bright and precise. The principle behind the headlamp is the same as the Audi's Martrix light system.
In the interior, the dashboard layout is similar to the one in S-Class. The dash features a wide high-resolution dual display (12.3 inches per display) screen and the driver can choose between three different styles. The newly designed touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel enables drivers to control vehicle functions without taking their hands off the wheel.
Initially the new E-Class will come with a choice of two engines -- the E 200 with a four-cylinder petrol engine and the E 220 d with an all-new four-cylinder diesel engine. The E200 makes 181bhp of power and 300Nm of torque, while the E 220 d will develop 192bhp of power and 400Nm of torque. Both the engines will be mated to nine-speed automatic transmission as standard and are equipped with the Eco start/stop function. The most powerful diesel variant, the E 350 d with a six-cylinder engine developing 255bhp and the E 350 featuring hybrid technology will be added later.
The new E-Class with all these engines is expected to reach India soon. Mercedes-Benz India confirmed 12 new launches in 2016 and the 2017 E-Class will certainly be one of them.