MercedesBenz E-class up­grades

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Mercedes-benz has in­jected its E-class with a host of stan­dard­ised fea­tures, en­gine up­grades and a per­for­mance vari­ant. Up­grades across the E-class line in­clude Driver As­sis­tance Pack­age PLUS, which in­cludes en­hanced Traf­fic Sign As­sist, which can adapt when in­ter­act­ing with Ac­tive Dis­tance As­sist Distronic and Speedtronic func­tions. A new-gen­er­a­tion steer­ing wheel with touch con­trols is now stan­dard across the range. Adap­tive Highbeam As­sist is now stan­dard on E 200 and E 220d saloon mod­els, while the well­ness-fo­cused En­er­giz­ing Com­fort Con­trol func­tion that made its de­but ear­lier this year on the range-top­ping Mercedes-benz S-class, is now stan­dard on the Mercedes AMG E 53 Coupé/cabri­o­let mod­els while a new Sport Edi­tion pack­age is avail­able for a limited time on the E200 and 220D sa­loons. Un­der the bon­nets, the E 350d gets a new six-cylin­der

tur­bod­iesel to take 190kw to 210kw and there is a power and torque in­crease for the E450 4MATIC saloon, coupe and cabri­o­let mod­els which now boast 270Kw and 500Nm. As to per­for­mance, Mercedes-benz has an­nounced the AMG E53 4MATIC+ trio of saloon, coupe and cabri­o­let mod­els with a three-litre six-cylin­der petrol en­gine – 320kw and 520Nm – across the range, with a 9G-TRONIC au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and fully vari­able 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive. A switch­able AMG Per­for­mance ex­haust sys­tem is also stan­dard for all vari­ants, as are 20-inch, five twin-spoke al­loy wheels. Other stan­dard equip­ment across the AMG E 53 range in­cludes a Burmester sur­round sound sys­tem, nappa leather up­hol­stery, front sports seats and sports steer­ing wheel, and AMG ex­te­rior styling in­clud­ing a spoiler lip on the boot lid. A panoramic glass sun­roof is fit­ted to saloon and coupé vari­ants, while the cabri­o­let re­ceives an acous­tic soft-top, AIRCAP au­to­matic draught stop, and AIRSCARF neck-level heat­ing for the front seats. The AMG E53 starts at $175,500 for the saloon, $180,200 for the coupe and $187,500 for the cabri­o­let.

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