The new E-Class sets the path for the transition from internal combustion engines to electrification. Simultaneously, the new electronic architecture allows for a comprehensive digital experience for the user.
The new E-Class features the proportions of a classic three-box sedan: a short front overhang with a long engine hood and a passenger cabin, known as the greenhouse, set towards the rear. This “cab backward” design is complemented harmoniously by the ideal rear overhang proportions.
A black surface, resembling a unified panel, connects the grille trim to the headlights. This glossy black insert visually aligns with Mercedes-EQ models. Depending on the equipment line, the three-dimensional grille can have a modern or classic design. The new E-Class comes with LED High-Performance headlamps as standard, and the DIGITAL LIGHT system is available as an option. All headlamp versions have distinctive designs both during the day and night. The daytime running lights have a distinctive eyebrow shape, a typical feature of the brand. The power domes accentuate the front hood.
The profile highlights harmonious proportions and the characteristic “cab backward” design, resulting in an impressive look. The flat door handles, known from luxurious Mercedes-Benz models, are available as an option. Two distinctive lines on the sides emphasize the sporty character of the car.
At the rear, the two-part LED lights feature a new outline and special design, creating a unique appearance both day and night, with a star pattern in both light units.
The MBUX Superscreen is the pinnacle of the interior design. If the E-Class is equipped with the optional front passenger display, the large glass surface of the MBUX Superscreen extends to the central display. Visually separated from it is the driver’s display, located in the driver’s field of vision. Models without the front passenger display feature a large decorative element that extends across the center. The central display appears to float above the curved surface of this decorative element.
The front portion of the instrument panel is illuminated by the ambient lighting strip, which follows a wide arch from the windshield, passes through the A-pillars, and ends at the doors, creating a sense of spaciousness. An apparently floating control unit in the upper part of the door panel matches the appearance of the glass surfaces of the screens.
The central console is designed as a single unit and seamlessly merges into the lower part of the instrument panel. At the front, a storage compartment with a cover and cup holders is integrated into the three-dimensional decorative element. At the rear of the central console, a soft-armrest with integrated storage is present.
The central door panel trim harmoniously connects with the armrest with a concave movement. The front part features a high-tech metal element that serves as a handle and encloses the power window controls. Another key feature is the floating control unit with integrated seat adjustment controls and door opening handles.
The contour of the seat surface and backrest gracefully flows from the interior to the exterior and appears to float above the seat base thanks to the design that plays with layers. The vertical recesses follow the external contour and open upwards.
In most versions, the engines are plug-in hybrids. The internal combustion engines are four-cylinder and six-cylinder units from the Mercedes-Benz FAME (Family of Modular Engines) family. In line with the electrification strategy, the engine lineup plays a significant role in the flexibility of the global production network.
In addition to turbocharging, both the petrol and diesel engines feature mild hybrid technology with an integrated starter-generator (ISG). This makes them mild hybrids. Thanks to the use of a new battery, the electric motor’s output has been increased from 15 kW to 17 kW, and the torque to 205 Nm.
Mercedes-Benz will offer at least three fourth-generation plug-in hybrid models with the introduction of the new E-Class to the market.
With an electric output of 95 kW (129 hp) and a total electric range of over 100 kilometers (WLTP), in many cases and for many days, trips can be completed entirely in electric mode, without the use of the internal combustion engine. More plug-in hybrid models with petrol engines will follow.