Mercedes is set to introduce the latest version of the E-Class in the country on the 28th of February, 2017 and this time around, India will only receive the long-wheelbase version.
The E-Class LWB was first launched in China to focus on chauffeur-driven customers. This will be the first time that the LWB version will be sold in a RHD (right-hand drive) market.
Barring the humungous wheelbase, doesn't the new E-Class look way too similar to the C-Class?
The good news is that the next-gen E-Class will now come equipped with most of the bells and whistles that were reserved earlier for the S-Class. The feature list includes reclining rear seats, front and rear seat memory function. 64-colour ambient lighting, COMAND online, automatic parking and even air suspension on the top-spec version.
The sad news - at least for the driver - is that the India-spec E-Class will not receive the 12.3-inch instrument panel like on the S-Class. Instead, it will come with a smaller 7-inch multi-function display with twin dials.
The India-spec E-Class LWB will be available in two trims - Avantgarde (E200) and Exclusive (E350d). Both models will be available with black or beige interiors. For the seats, Mercedes is offering Artico (faux) leather in black or beige. The COMAND Online infotainment system with a high-resolution 7-inch display and an audio setup from Burmester that pump out 590W through 13 speakers should set a benchmark in the segment in terms of cabin entertainment and sound quality. The driver gets a touch controller through which he can control all of the above said gizmos as well. Other convenience features include a three-zone climate control system, massage seats, panoramic sunroof, wireless charging and electric sunblinds for rear windows. There will be two engine options at the time of launch - a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 184hp and 300Nm of torque powering the E200 and the 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that develops 258hp and is similar to the one powering the current-gen E350d. Both the variants will come with Merc’s 9G-Tronic transmission that is already available on the C-Class, GLC, GLE and GLS. Mercedes will also equip the E-Class LWB with an automatic reverse parking feature that comes with cameras all around the car. For safety, the German manufacturer will equip the E-Class LWB with seven airbags and Mercedes’ Pre-Safe system. The new E-Class LWB will be priced above the current version. A starting price of Rs 57 lakh or more is what I expect this premium sedan to be priced at. We'll have to wait till the 28th of February for the final asking price. The launch of the E-Class comes at a time when the premium sedan segment is heating up, especially after the launch of the Jaguar XF and the Volvo S90. Will Mercedes’ gamble of getting the E-Class LWB instead of the standard E-Class work? I guess we’ll only know for sure once the new BMW 5-Series is launched. Here’s a trailer for the new E-Class:
NikilSJ As brilliant as the new Mercedes E-Class LWB variant looks like, I was just wondering why would anybody want to buy an S-Class anymore? You get all the bells & whistles with the E-Class, the same amount of legroom, looks almost like an S-Class and you save about Rs 30-40 lakh rupees.
Mercedes Benz looks to have set the new benchmark with the new E-Class LWB variant in this segment. Take a look at what it has to offer in this first look video done by Ndtv. [youtube_video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdEhE57K8yY[/youtube_video]
And here is a comprehensive review of the new Mercedes done by Autocar India. Looks like Mercedes has set a new benchmark in its segment. [youtube_video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itTJlVVKUO8[/youtube_video]
Mercedes launched the new E-Class at prices starting at Rs 56.15 lakh (petrol) and Rs 69.47 (diesel) lakh ex-showroom Mumbai respectively. India is the only country to get long wheelbase right-hand drive version of the same.
The 5th generation of E-Class in India comes with a choice of two engine options. E200 is powered a 2.0-litre inline 4-cylinder petrol engine making 184PS and 300Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, the diesel variant (E350d) gets a powerful 3.0-litre V6 which dishes out 258PS and 620Nm of peak torque. Both the engines come paired to Mercedes-Benz’s 9-speed GTronic, which send the power to the rear wheels.