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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Carpedia  ·  January 30, 2020

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is an executive class, or E-Segment car produced by the German manufacturer since 1953, with the official first-generation E-Class revealed in 1993. It is placed in between the C-Class and S-Class, offering a balance of size, luxury, and affordability, making it Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling vehicle. 

The Predecessors (1953-1994)

The First Generation (W124, 1993-1995)

Following the new naming scheme of Mercedes-Benz, the W124 facelift was rebranded in 1993 as the E-Class. In Australia, it was available in sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible variants, using 2.2L, 2.8L, and 3.2L petrol engines, as well as a 3.0L Diesel engine, mated to either 4-speed or 5-speed automatic transmission, depending on the engine.  

Equipment options are tied to the size of the engine: 

The Second Generation (W210, 1996-2002)

A replacement for the W124 came in July of 1995 with the W210 E-Class, in sedan and estate body types. It was equipped with many features and up to date technology, such as multi-function information display and multi-function steering wheel. Touch Shift feature of the automatic transmission allowed for the semi-manual control of gears. Externally, the design was updated as well, now with the distinct pairs of headlights. It received a facelift in September of 1999, further improving the mechanical components, as well as revising the exterior and interior design.

The second-generation E-Class was available in Classic, Elegance, Avantgarde and AMG trim levels. This generation offered similar equipment as the previous models but added some notable features, both standard and optional. These features include 3x3 point rear seat belts, audio remote, CD multi-changer, climate control, front fog lights, full-size spare wheel, headlight washers, heated mirrors, lumbar support, PAS, passenger’s airbag, remote locking, service indicator, side airbags, sports seats, steel wheels, steering wheel rake and reach adjustment.

In Australia, E-Class was available with the following powertrain options:

The Third Generation (W211, 2003-2009)

Codenamed W211, new E-Class made its first appearance at the European Motor Show Brussels of 2002. While the external dimensions grew, compared to the predecessor, the third generation offered less interior room, especially in the estate version.

Available trim levels included Elegance, Avantgarde, Classic, Executive, and Sport:

In 2006, E-Class received a facelift, focusing on fixing technical issues of the original. There were issues with the Sensotronic software, and so it was removed. The Pre-Safe system became standard equipment. NECO-PRO head restraints, flashing brake lights, tyre pressure monitor were other safety features added with the facelift. The front was redesigned with a new spoiler, grille, and headlamps, while the rear received new lights. The interior received a new steering wheel and rear-view mirror, together with minor touches.

Powertrain options available in Australia include:

The Fourth Generation (W212, 2010-2016)

With the fourth generation, E-Class was available not only as a 4-door sedan (W212) and 5-door wagon (S212) but also as Coupé (C207) and Convertible (A207). Styling changes from the previous generation now incorporate rectangular headlights, sharper lines, and more aggressive look overall. The rear end uses design queues from the Ponton to both remember and pay respect to its predecessor. Interior was changed to a lesser extent, but with more space and plenty of high-tech features. Safety-wise, the E-Class (W212) got excellent scores from Euro NCAP, IIHS and NHTSA. 

Trim levels available worldwide include Standard Trim, SE, Executive SE, SE Edition 125, Sport, Sport Edition 125, AMG Line, Elegance, Night Edition, AMG Sport, Avantgarde, and Avantgarde Edition 125. In Australia, the offer was limited to Elegance, Avantgarde, AMG, and Night Edition. 

In 2013, E-Class received a facelift across all models, with redesigned LED headlights and taillights, as well as revised front and rear bumpers. The interior received a redesigned instrument cluster. A new steering wheel was installed with the gear selector moved to the steering wheel column.

Powertrain options in Australia include: 

The Fifth Generation (W213, 2017-present)

The current E-Class was first revealed at the North American International Auto Show in 2016, with styling inspiration taken from both the S-Class and C-Class. Design-wise, it goes back to smoother lines and edges but keeps some of the aggressive queues of the previous generation.

Semi-autonomous driving is facilitated by a series of sensors, cameras and radars. Intelligent Drive, or Drive Pilot, helps keep the Mercedes-Benz on a safe distance from vehicles in front and between the lines. 

Several innovative safety systems are provided for the latest E-Class, including Active Brake Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Car-to-X Communication, Pre-Safe Impulse Side, Pre-Safe Sound, and many others.

Standard and optional equipment depends on the engine size and marking (E400 has more luxury features as standard compared to E200) and includes: 

Active Body Control Suspension, Airbag Knee Driver, Apple CarPlay, Active Steering, Adaptive Damping Control, Ambient Interior Lighting, 19-Inch Alloy Wheels, Bluetooth Connectivity, Brake-pad Wear Indicator, Cross-Traffic Recognition, Collision Warning - Full Auto Brake, Driver Fatigue Detection, Lumbar Support, Impact-Sensing Auto Door Unlock, One Touch Convenience Turn Signal, Paddle Shifters on Steering Wheel, Run Flat Safety Tyres, Satellite Navigation, Surround Camera System, Speed-Sensing Auto Door Lock, Tyre Pressure-Loss Warning System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Ventilated Rear Seats, Wood Grain Trim, Air Suspension, HUD, Metallic Paint, and Panoramic Sunroof with Power Blind

In Australia available powertrain options include: 

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Author: Luka Kusic

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