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