The current Mercedes Benz E class has been on sale since 2010 and though it received a major update in 2014, the vehicle is becoming a bit old and rusty and thus Mercedes needed to produce a new generation of this model. According to spy shots in our possession the reportedly new E-Class model has stunning looks and has borrowed from the C-and S-Class models; actually it sits between the two models. The vehicle which is dubbed “the 2017 Mercedes E Class” will be based on the Mercedes’ Modular Rear Architecture.
This is a state-of-the-art platform that is made with lightweight materials such as aluminum. Thus, the new model will be more rigid, lighter and more efficient than the outgoing model. This platform is also compatible with alternative power-trains. The vehicle is also set to feature more advanced autonomous driving technology, the most advanced yet on a production model.
2017 Mercedes E-Class Exterior
Just like the outgoing model, the new Mercedes E-Class 2017 will be offered in 5 different body styles which are; sedan, coupe, wagon, convertible and a long-wheelbase sedan (probably the Maybatch version). We don’t have much information about its exterior since the testing mules are under heavy camouflage.
However, reports from Germany indicate that the body will be slightly longer and wider. The vehicle which is codenamed w213 by the automaker will feature an upright grille flanked by bullet-shaped LED headlights. These new headlights have been redesigned and each features 84 light emitting diodes (LEDs) and they are also equipped with a Multi-beam adaptive light system which varies the amount of light emitted depending on the road situation.
At the rear, the vehicle will feature LED taillights that extend to the quarter panels.
2017 Mercedes E-Class Interior
The interior shots illustrate an up market cabin design that resembles the S-Class. At the top of the center stack, there is a digital screen with 4 air vents below it. The digital screen flows into the vehicle’s main instrument cluster.
Just like the norm of Mercedes cars, the E-Class will be upholstered in premium leather. The cabin will feature a 12.3-inch infotainment system which will be mounted on the dashboard. However, it is technology that takes center stage on the new model. The first feature that many will fall in love with is its autonomous Park Pilot. This system allows a person to park the car via remote control using a Smartphone app (Mercedes connect me).
The 2017 Mercedes E-Class comes with another feature (NFC Smartphone) which replaces car keys. One taps the phone on the car handle on the driver’s side to unlock the car. The vehicle also features an Evasive Steering Assist feature which helps the driver when trying to avoid a pedestrian or other danger the car detects in front of it.
The vehicle will also feature a “Vehicle-to-X communication which enables the vehicle to communicate with a central server as well as exchange information with other nearby cars via cellular communication. There is also a Speed Limit Pilot feature that uses data fed by the cameras and the navigation system to set the speed limit for the car; the limit is adjusted depending on the available data feed.
Engine Specs and Performace
The new 2017 E-Class will come in an array of drive-trains, could be six in number. The engines being rumored include a 2.9 L twin-turbo diesel engine good for 313 hp, this engine could also come with a quad-turbo variant capable of producing more than 400 hp. There is also talk of a 1.6 L turbo diesel and a 3.0 L V6 capable of delivering 350 hp.
The E-Class will also feature a hybrid drive-train composed of a 2.0 L V6 engine combined with an electric motor. The high-performance Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG could feature a 4.0 L V8 bi-turbo engine capable of producing 570 hp. The models will be hooked up with a modular chassis which will be offered in both rear and all-wheel-drive modes. Acceleration from 0-60 mph is achieved in 6.5 seconds, while top speed is 155 mph.
Price and release date
Rumor has it that the new Mercedes Benz E-Class will make its world debut in January next year at the Detroit Auto Show. No official price has been set by the German automaker, but we believe the vehicle could have a starting price of around $50,000. We will inform you of the official prices and clearer specs later when we get more updates.
2017 Mercedes E-Class had its premiere at 2016 NAIAS Detroit Motor Show. The starting price of the new E-class is $ 52,000.