Special edition E-Class targets corporate market
Mercedes Benz is introducing an extensively equipped and competitively priced special edition of the E-Class Saloon exclusively for the corporate sector.
The E-Class Executive ensures time spent on the road is relaxing, productive and above all safe and offers exceptional value at £28,515 on-the-road. That’s £677 less than the E220 CDI Classic on which it is based, yet its enhanced equipment specification is worth an additional £2,543 - representing a saving of £3,220 including VAT over the standard car.
What’s more, the particularly strong residual values of the E-Class and low service and maintenance figures mean that the Executive’s overall monthly costs over three years/20,000 miles per annum are less than those of both the BMW 520d SE and the Audi A6 TDI TDV SE.*
Its specially tailored package has been selected, after careful consultation with corporate customers, to support a busy professional life without raising benefit-in-kind tax liability.
Building on the already impressive foundations of the standard E-Class saloon, it adds telephone pre-wiring which means that with the addition of a suitable cradle, a mobile can be controlled using the ergonomic multi-function steering wheel. There’s also a six-disc CD changer with MP3 compatibility which should prove invaluable on long motorway journeys.
The exquisite, understated styling of the E-Class is set off by a choice of three metallic colours - Iridium silver, Obsidian black, or the limited edition Palladium silver - as well as a style of 16 inch seven-spoke alloy wheels unique to this car, ensuring an air of exclusivity in the office car park.
Moving inside, chrome door sills with Mercedes Benz lettering provide an added touch of style to an interior whose finish and quality of materials is designed to cosset and create a strong sense of well-being. The effect is enhanced by seats trimmed in black Artico - the leather-like material you would be hard pushed to distinguish from the real thing - and floor mats.
Business users are also bound to appreciate the comfort enhancing driver’s lumbar support, two zone climate control and front seats electronically adjustable for height and backrest angle. The multi-function steering wheel means the driver’s focus can remain firmly on the road.
The E-Class Executive is powered by an advanced 2.2-litre four cylinder turbocharged diesel engine developing 170 hp at 3,800 rpm and a useful 400 Nm of torque at just 2000 rpm. It’s characterised by a strong blend of good performance and economy, with 62 mph coming up in 8.4 sec, a top speed of 141 mph and a combined 44.8 mpg (42.2 in optional automatic guise) fuel consumption.
Key features of the engine include balancer shafts for added refinement, improved piston and cylinder head cooling for a reduced compression ratio and improved turbocharger responsiveness at low engine speeds. It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, while a five-speed automatic transmission with Tipfunction and Speedtronic cruise control is available as an option (£1480).