Mercedes-Benz has introduced the calendar year 2017’s first product – E-Class LWB (long-wheelbase) sedan – in the country. While the petrol variant of the saloon comes with a price tag of Rs 56.15 lakh, the diesel version costs Rs 69.47 lakh. Aforementioned prices are ex-showroom, Mumbai. India is the first market to receive the 2017 Mercedes E Class LWB with the right-hand drive system. The long-wheelbase version is available only in China, but with the left-hand drive layout.
Unlike the previous model, the new E Class sits on a 3,079mm long-wheelbase, which is longest in its segment. This also makes it the most spacious car of its league. For 2017, the saloon receives comprehensive exterior and interior upgrades. Save for the signature twin LED daytime running lights, the face of the 2017 Mercedes E Class LWB shares resemblance with the S-Class and the C-Class. Read – Mercedes AMG C43 – All You Need To Know
The car also gets electrical ORVMs with integrated turn lights, new alloy wheels and LED tail-lamps. While the overall length (by 43mm) and wheelbase (by 65mm) of the new E Class have been increased, the width and height are trimmed down by 2mm and 6mm respectively. The 2017 Mercedes E Class has also shed off 70kgs (approx.) of kerb weight.
The new E-Class is even better from the inside. The saloon comes with a choice of two trims – Avantgarde (E200) and Exclusive (E350d) – and black and beige theme options. The 2017 Mercedes E Class LWB gets Mercedes’ high-resolution 12.3-inch COMAND online infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, a high-spec audio system with 13-speaker 590W Burmester sound system with a touchpad controller, a piano black centre console with a touch pad and other controls.
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Interestingly, the new E-Class comes with reverse and 360 surround aerial view cameras that enable it to park itself. The car also receives parking sensors both at the front and back, alert features and driver assist. Other key features on offer include a three-zone climate control system, reversing system with all-around cameras, electric sunblinds for rear windows, a panoramic sunroof, etc. For safety provision, the new E Class gets seven airbags and the brand’s Pre-safe system. The saloon also gets fine wood grain with ambient lighting and a dial-knob gear selector.
Coming to the engine, the 2017 Mercedes E Class LWB is made available with two powertrain options – a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel – borrowed from the C-Class and the E-Class respectively. The petrol mill belts out power worth 184bh and 300Nm, the diesel motor is good for 258bhp and 620Nm. Transmission duties are carried over by Mercedes’ new 9G-Tronic gearbox, which has already been used on several other Mercs.