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Mercedes hasn’t so much re­freshed the E-class as rein­vented the model

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

tech­nol­ogy evolves too quickly to de­lay in­no­va­tions for the new flag­ship S-Class (due late this year) and that the E is a more im­por­tant ve­hi­cle. Ei­ther way, it’s a win for E-Class buy­ers when the car goes on sale in Aus­tralia in Au­gust.

VALUE

Pric­ing hasn’t been con­firmed but com­pany spokesman David McCarthy says an ‘‘ as­sertive’’ strat­egy will mean min­i­mal changes to the ex­ist­ing num­bers, which start at $80,000 for the petrol-pow­ered E200.

Hold­ing prices in check will be a big achieve­ment for a car that has 2000 new com­po­nents.

There will be three petrol and three diesel en­gine op­tions in the sedan. The high­lights are a bi-turbo V6 petrol E400 that pro­vides a ri­val toBMW’s 535i and a diesel hy­brid that uses just 4.1L/100km. Wagon buy­ers will have the op­tion of a four­cylin­der diesel or that V6.

TECH­NOL­OGY

There are 11 new or up­dated safety sys­tems, headed by au­to­matic brak­ing which is de­signed to pre­vent rearend crashes and a sys­tem that de­tects pedes­tri­ans or cross­ing traf­fic at an

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