The new Mercedes Benz E-Class has gone on sale priced from £35,935 for the entry level E 220 d SE.
Two Trim Levels – Two Engines from launch
There are two trim levels, ‘SE’ and ‘AMG line’ which are supported by two engine options, E 220 d and the E 350 d.
The E 220 d is an all-new four cylinder bi-turbo diesel unit coupled to a nine-speed 9G-Tronic transmission that outputs 195 hp with 400Nm of torque. According to NEDC data CO2 emissions are recorded at 102 g/km with 72.4 mpg, depending on the spec.
The six-cylinder E 350 d outputs 258 hp with 620 Nm of torque with emissions of 133 g/km and 55.4 mpg, again depending on spec. This engine will arrive in the summer of 2016 and will be joined with a petrol-electric hybrid, the E 350 e later in the year – 279 hp / 600 Nm – with a blended fuel figure of 134.5 mpg.
The entry level ‘SE’ spec E-Class is equipped with Garmin Map Pilot navigation system with a 8.4-inch display; Parktronic parking sensors with reversing camera and Park Pilot self-parking system; Collision Prevention Assist Plus autonomous emergency braking system; Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system (including Pre-Safe Sound, which helps prevent damage to hearing); 64-colour selectable LED interior lighting; two-zone automatic climate control; three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with dual touchpads; leather upholstery with heated front seats; LED headlights and taillights; electrically folding mirrors and 17-inch wheels (18-inch on the E 350 d).
The ‘AMG line’ introduces AMG exterior styling to the ‘SE’ comprising unique bumpers and side skirts; 19-inch alloy wheels; perforated front brake discs; three-spoke AMG steering wheel; and Artico leather and Dynamica microfiber upholstery with seat comfort package.
If you opt for the E 350 d engine then you will gain Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension as standard, as well as COMAND satellite navigation with 12.3-inch display and remote online services, which ever trim level.
Key option packs include the Premium (£2,795) and Premium Plus (£3,895) – the Premium pack adds a panoramic glass roof, Keyless Start and a front-seat memory package, where the Premium Plus comes adds to Premium pack - the 13-speaker Burmester Surround Sound System with 9-channel amplifier and 590-watt output and the Multibeam LED Intelligent Light System.
You can also add the Lane Tracking Package for £595 that comprises Passive Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Assist, or the Driving Assistance Plus Package for £1,695 which comprises Drive pilot, which combines Distance Pilot Distronic – which can maintain the vehicle at a set distance behind other vehicles – with new functionality that allows it to follow the vehicle in front. In combination with Comand Online navigation, the system also has Speed Limit Pilot, which can adjust the vehicle’s speed to camera-detected limits or those logged in the navigation. Also included are: Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function; Evasive Steering Assist; and Pre-Safe Impulse Side. If a lateral impact has been detected, this last system inflates a chamber in the side of the backrest to move the driver or front passenger further from the danger zone.
And if are still feeling flush you can add the Comand satellite navigation with 12.3-inch widescreen display for an additional £1,495 (Standard on the E350 d models) – plus £495 for the 12.3” cockpit screen.
Mercedes Benz E-Class Prices
|Engine||Model||CO2 (g/km)||Price (£)|
|E 220 d 1950, cc, 4-cylinder
|E 350 d 2,987 cc, 6-cylinder