All-New Mercedes E-Class Breaks Cover in Detroit


If the C-Class is too small and the S-Class is too big, the E-Class is just right.

Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps of the fifth-generation E-Class in Detroit providing all the juicy details and some more pictures to bolster those that leaked online . Mercedes wants to add cohesion to the design of its sedan lineup, with the new E-Class showing more than a passing resemblance to and . Longer, lower and ever-so-slightly narrower than its predecessor, notable similarities with its four-door siblings include the front grille, head- and taillights, the swooping roofline and chiseled body panels.

That added athleticism translates to a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.23, while weight-saving measures see the hood, bootlid and front wings made of sheet and cast aluminum. The 2017 Mercedes E-Class will launch in the US as the E250, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline unit, rated at 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, paired to a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic box. Europeans will get the choice of a new 2.0-liter diesel rated at 192 hp and 295 lb-ft in the E220d, and a 184-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four in the E200. Eight engines will eventually be rolled out, including a plug-in hybrid and topped by AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 providing up to 580 hp in the Mercedes-AMG E63.

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Mercedes has taken the E-Class' cabin seriously upmarket for 2017, the standout feature being a new glass-faced dual-screen dashboard extending from the driver’s side to the center console made up of two 12.3-inch monitors. The steering wheel also gets swipe controls, and along with a touchpad sat between the front seats, a rotary dial, and speech recognition, the new Comand infotainment system can be effortlessly and intuitively controlled. The new E-Class comes with three suspension tunes with variable damping control, namely Comfort, Comfort Avantgarde and Sport (the latter two featuring a 15-mm right height reduction), as well as an optional adjustable air suspension.

Comfort is further heightened by a new range of seats providing greater support and more cushioning than before.

It also boasts semi-autonomous tech including a remote-parking system controlled via a smartphone app that allows drivers to get the car in and out of parking spaces from outside the vehicle, and lane-change assist, where the car changes lanes itself after instruction from the driver. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.