The E-Class is Mercedes’ “coat of many colors”; the E-Class is available in various body styles (sedan, coupe, cabriolet and wagon) which are offered in an array of engines and different trims giving enthusiasts a wide choice. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class slots between the more premium S-Class and the smaller C-Class. For 2018, Mercedes has hooked up the model with a host of upgrades including new engines as well as advanced safety systems. The most notable addition is the new AMG E63 S which can be had both in wagon and sedan body styles; this is the performance-oriented model in the lineup whose 4.0 L, turbocharged engine produces an astounding 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque enough to power the models (despite their weight and size) to 60 mph from a stationary position in 3.4 seconds.
Exterior and Interior styling
The E-Class models almost look identical at the front. The front look is characterized by a vertical grille flanked by swept-back headlamps and an aggressive bumper design. The models are however different on the sides as well as the rear due to their different body styles. One thing is true though for all E-Class models; they look stylish and elegant with AMG models looking more aggressive to back their performance-oriented nature.
The cabin is well equipped as it is custom with all Mercedes cars. Even the coupes and cabriolets feature the huge 12.3-inch high-resolution display which integrates a navigation system. The cabin is offered in ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colors. They also feature power-adjustable seats with lumbar support for the front seats. The cabin is full of premium materials. The driver’s seat also comes with memory settings. The coupe features a panorama roof. There is an option for another 12.3-inch screen that hosts the instrument cluster. Other available features include a head-up display, Air Body Control air suspension, multi-contour seats with massage options and wireless charging.
The AMG E63 S wagon comes with high-performance features common with AMG branded models including AMG suspensions, AMG Dynamic Select driving modes, the electronically controlled limited-slip differential at the rear, a custom AWD system, AMG Ceramic Composite brakes as well as dynamic engine mounts. The E63 S Sedan also comes with similar AMG features and adds an AMG Track Pace iPhone app to supplement the current Racetimer app. The app is used to analyze the vehicle in order to improve one’s track time as well as share performance results with other drivers on various channels such as Youtube, Facebook and Vimeo among others. The app can also connect to the GoPro cameras.
Safety is paramount for Mercedes and all models are equipped with advanced active safety systems including Pre-Safe Impulse Side system that inflates the driver’s and front passenger’s seat side bolsters which pushes a passenger 2.75 inches away from the area of impact upon detection of a side collision. In addition, when the system detects an accident it emits an interference signal that triggers a protective reflex in the passenger’s ear to reduce hearing loss. Another advanced safety system is the Distance Pilot Distronic that enables the vehicle to follow another at a predetermined distance to a maximum of 130 mph. A Steering Pilot helps keep the model at its lane via conducting minor steering wheel adjustments. There is also Evasive Steering Assist that aids the driver in evasive maneuvering by inputting deliberate steering torque. A Cross-Traffic function is offered as part of the Active Brake Assist system that detects cross-traffic and applies brakes automatically if need be. Mercedes also offers Active Lane Change Assist that enables the model to automatically change lanes if the traffic is clear. There is also a Car-to-X Communication system (car-to-car) that allows the vehicle to communicate with other Mercedes-Benz models with similar systems thus helping the driver avoid traffic hazards on the road such as traffic accidents.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Engine and performance
As said earlier, the E-Class is available in different mills. The base trims i.e.E300 and E300 4Matic are powered by a 2.0 L, turbocharged inline-4 good for 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The E300 is available in RWD while the E300 4Matic is offered in AWD. Moving higher, the E400 and E400 4Matic cabriolets, coupe as well as E400 4Matic wagon are powered by a 3.0 L, twin-turbocharged V-6 that delivers 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.
The AMG E43 4Matic sedan, on the other hand, uses a tweaked version of the 3.0 L twin-turbocharged V-6 mill; the mill produces 396 hp as well as 384 lb-ft of torque.
The most powerful mill is the 4.0 L, twin-turbocharged V-8 that is actually handcrafted by the AMG team. The power-plant produces 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. It powers the new AMG E63 S wagon and sedan; the mill is integrated with the 4Matic AWD system. All engines use a 9-speed automatic transmission but AMG E63 S models use an AMG Speedshift 9-speed transmission.
Price and release date
The models will go on sale during this fourth quarter of 2017. Mercedes is yet to communicate official prices for the model.