Frugal Benz looks the same but cossets with much more
UP TO $23,000 in extra equipment is the lure laid by Mercedes-Benz to keep prestige buyers out of SUVs and in its E-Class. As even prestige buyers leave big sedans, most for elevated wagons, the renewed E-Class is claimed to include features valued at least at $7000.
As of June there will be seven sedans and three wagons, the former including the debutant $109,900 E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, which combines its already considerable four-cylinder diesel with an electric motor to achieve fuel economy superior to most small hatches.
‘‘ We have set a new large car benchmark of 4.3L/100km and 113g/km CO ,’’ Mercedes2 Benz Australian managing director Horst von Sanden says, describing these as ‘‘ remarkable’’ given the model’s size and level of luxury, safety and equipment.
‘‘ It’s a big car for a big country but without the big-car thirst,’’ he says. ‘‘ Our hybrid is unique, as the combustion engine is diesel, rather than typical petrol (combining) the