It’s so quiet in the cabin there’s no sense of speed, writes NEILMcDONALD
THE good folk at Sindelfingen have looked to the past to give us the future. At first glance the MercedesBenz E-Class sedan shows the design team has taken cues from the famous 1950s Pontoon models.
The E-Class shares that car’s bulging rear wheel arches, incorporated into the ninth-generation car’s 21st-century design.
Apart from a passing nod to the Pontoon, the Merc gains a modern interpretation of the E-Class’s quad headlight treatment wrapped around a new body.
As expected, it bristles with safety and technology. Mercedes boldly describes it as the world’s safest car.
Prices have been trimmed on some models and there is more equipment across the range. Service intervals have been lifted to 25,000km.
The range starts with the $128,900 E350 V6 and $178,900 E500 V8. Four other models will arrive in two months.
The first two both carry the same engines with no change in performance. The E350 develops 200kW and 350Nm. The E500 ups the ante with 285kW/530Nm.
From September two fourcylinder turbodiesels, a diesel CDI V6 and a four-cylinder petrol engine will join the line-up.
These engines are all part of the company’s Blue Efficiency technologies designed to improve aerodynamics, consumption and emissions.
The entry car will be the $80,900 E220 CDI diesel four. Then will come the $93,900 E250 CGI petrol four, $96,900 E250 CDI diesel four and $131,900 E350 CDI V6.
The latest-generation turbodiesels and petrol CGI engines show just how far engine technology has come, delivering more power and torque from smaller-capacity units.
Mercedes-Benz Australia managing director, passenger cars, Horst von Sanden says an entry-level turbodiesel is a marked departure for the brand. It’s also the first four-cylinder diesel E-Class to be sold here.