The E-Class is the lat­est from Mercedes-Benz to join the BS 6 band­wagon

Evo India - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy: Ro­hit G Mane Aatish Mishra (@whatesh)

THE DEAD­LINE FOR BS 6 IS ap­proach­ing, and some car man­u­fac­tur­ers have al­ready be­gun up­dat­ing their of­fer­ings to al­low for a smooth changeover. MercedesBe­nz in­tro­duced the OM654 engine in the E-Class a while ago (re­plac­ing the 2.1-litre unit that it had be­fore) and has now up­dated it to meet BS 6 norms. Changes to the engine in­clude a diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter, se­lec­tive cat­alytic re­duc­tion unit and an AdBlue tank, which gives it BS 6 emis­sions, even on BS 4 fuel.

The up­date comes with changes to the equip­ment too. The top-end E-Class we are driv­ing gets a whole host of up­dated good­ies — the ana­logue di­als are swapped out for the su­perb 12.3-inch in­stru­ment clus­ter, it now gets a 13-speaker Burmester sys­tem, soft-close doors, wire­less charg­ing in the rear and a touch­screen to con­trol me­dia, cli­mate con­trol and even the sun­blinds.

The engine it­self is a re­fined unit and feels very sim­i­lar to what it did be­fore the up­date.

Peak out­puts re­main iden­ti­cal to what they were be­fore — 192bhp and 400Nm. What has changed is the way the power is de­liv­ered — it feels more lin­ear and smooth when it comes on boost. Not that you should be hot-foot­ing an E-Class any­way, this is a limo that is all about lux­ury. The sus­pen­sion re­mains as it was be­fore — soft and pri­ori­tises com­fort over dy­nam­ics. The E-Class is a large car and it’s best driven re­laxed.

The up­dates to the equip­ment up the ante on the in­side. The dash is now dom­i­nated by the two 12.3-inch screens — for the in­fo­tain­ment and now, for the di­als as well. The me­tal cov­ers on the Burmester speak­ers looks great and add to the sense of op­u­lence, not to men­tion the fact that they sound great. The back­seat is still the place to be — the tablet in the rear arm­rest means you don’t have to stretch (oh, the dis­com­fort) to ad­just the cli­mate con­trol or shout at your chauf­feur to switch ra­dio sta­tions.

The up­dates to the E-Class are as wel­come to deal­ers as they are to cus­tomers. It should give them enough time to clear out old stocks be­fore the April 2020 switch to BS 6, without hav­ing to give mas­sive dis­counts at the last minute. At `62.5 lakh (ex-show­room) the E-Class is a bit pricier than the com­pe­ti­tion, but you can get the E 220d for `4 lakh less if you’re will­ing to forego lux­u­ries like the Burmester sys­tem and the dig­i­tal clus­ter while giv­ing you the space and re­fine­ment that it ex­cels in. ⌧

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