That’s right, one of the best-selling nameplates in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the E-Class, has entered its 6th generation (W214) with a new design language and upgraded onboard technology. Pricing information is not available just yet, but you can indicate your interest on Mercedes-Benz’s official website. At launch in Europe (in summer), there’ll be three mild-hybrid and three plug-in hybrid variants, which we’ll look into in just a minute or two.
The new design language is a bit weird—if I’m being honest with you guys, but like most weird designs, this one too will grow on us fairly quickly, I hope. You got a new headlight and taillight design; the latter is what makes the whole thing weird, I think. High-performance LED headlights are included as standard, but you’ve the option to go for Digital Light—with or without projection function. Apparently, the designers were going for an eyebrow-like DRL.
The new E-Class has grown in dimensions, unsurprisingly. It now measures 4,949 mm long (+26 mm), 1,880 mm wide (+28 mm) and 1,480 mm tall (+12 mm), with a wheelbase of 2,961 mm (+22 mm). 19-inch wheels are fitted as standard, but of course, you can get up to 21-inches depending on the variant.
As standard, the mild-hybrid models are equipped with what is called an Agility Control steel spring suspension with a selective damping system. It is also 15 mm lower than the suspension of the plug-in hybrids. At the rear axle, an optimized multi-link independent rear suspension with five links is claimed to ensure excellent wheel control and excellent straight-line stability. At both axles, the springs and dampers are combined in a single strut and are not involved in wheel guidance tasks, therefore the suspension responds with corresponding sensitivity, the company added. Airmatic air suspension with ADS+ continuously adjustable damping, and rear-axle steering, both are optional extras.
The interior and technology of the new, 6th-gen E-Class were revealed in February 2023; in case you missed it, check it out here. But just to recap, the dashboard is gonna have the MBUX Superscreen with an optional passenger display. You can also probably notice a selfie camera on the dashboard. Digital Vent Control (optional) and Motion Sickness Prevention function (part of the optional Energizing Comfort) are some of the other key highlights of the new E-Class interior. You can check them out in detail from the aforementioned link.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the mild-hybrid variants include E 200 (2.0L petrol; 150 kW/204 metric hp and 320 Nm/236 lb-ft), E 220 d (2.0L diesel; 145 kW/197 metric hp and 440 Nm/324.5 lb-ft) and E 220 d 4Matic (2.0L diesel; 145 kW/197 metric hp and 440 Nm/324.5 lb-ft), all of which are combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that offers 17 kW (23 metric hp) and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) additional boost. The petrol model is apparently the quickest among the bunch with a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 7.5 seconds. Transmission remains to be a 9-speed torque converter automatic.
The plug-in hybrid models include the E 300 e, E 300 e 4Matic and E 400 e 4Matic, all of which combine a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine, an electric motor and the aforementioned 9G Tronic automatic transmission. The E 300 e offers combined figures of 230 kW (313 metric hp) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft), while the E 400 e 4Matic boasts 280 kW (381 metric hp) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft). This top-end model also boasts an official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 5.3 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Thanks to a 25.4 kWh battery pack, you can apparently get a WLTP all-electric range of over 100 km (62 mi).
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