Mercedes-Benz launched the 2017 version of its best selling luxury sedan last month. The new E Class is in its 10th generation now and carries a sticker price ranging from Rs 56.15 to Rs 69.47 lakh (ex-Mumbai). It is available with a choice of two engine options, the petrol getting the E 200 badge and the diesel getting the E 350d tag. The new Mercedes-Benz E Class will continue to be the king of the luxury sedan market in India. Here are 5 facts you need to know about this limousine.
India is the only country that gets the LWB (long wheelbase) version of the E Class in a RHD (right hand drive) configuration. Mercedes sells the LWB E Class in China but that has a LHD steering. The company manufacturers the new E Class in India and it took them a total of 48 months to develop this special model for India.
This LWB version is longer by 140 mm as compared to the normal E Class sold elsewhere in the world. This has allowed for an extra 134 millimeters of legroom for the occupants.
This is the highest selling Mercedes model in India and accounts of 34% of its total sales. Worldwide, the company has sold over 13 million models while in India, the number stands at 34,000 units across 2 decades. Some say that the new E Class will outsell all its rivals put together. These include the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Jaguar XF and Volvo S90.
While developing this new model, Mercedes-Benz wanted to offer segment best features and gizmos. For the first time in the E Class, Air Body Control is being offered. With this, the driver can raise or lower the suspension on the move. You also get a Chauffeur Package, 37 degree reclining rear seats with memory function, a Burmester® surround sound system, Parking Pilot, a wide high-resolution and bright display with a next-generation 12.3-inch screen as standard, 64 colour ambient lighting, touch sensitive steering controls to name a few.
Simple put, the new E Class is the most feature loaded car in its segment. It offers best in class rear seat space and comfort along with technology that ups the ante. From powered rear sun blinds to a massive panoramic sunroof, you can even adjust the front co-driver seat from the back with the touch of a button.
Expensive cars are expensive to maintain, right? Not really. With the new E Class, Mercedes is offering “My Mercedes My Service” program under which you can avail a two year package for Rs 64,700 for the petrol variant and Rs 94,400 for the diesel variant. These new standard packages are offered with unlimited mileage (a first in the luxury car segment) covering maintenance related jobs. Roughly put, if you end up driving the diesel E Class for 60-70 km per day, the cost of service comes to less than 2 rupee per kilometer. Customers also get the benefit of hassle free online service appointment bookings.
Mercedes is offering two engine options with the new E Class. The E 200 gets a 1991 cc petrol engine that puts out 184 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. This engine propels the car from standstill to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds along with a top speed of 240km/h.
However, if you want performance and lower running cost, look at the E 350d. Inspite of being a diesel engine, you get 258 bhp of power and 620 Nm of torque. This makes it quicker and faster than its petrol sibling. 0 to 100 comes up in 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h!
So while the E Class is an excellent chauffeur driven car, owners will also love driving it personally on weekends. Interested in upgrading to this new car? Start you new car journey by selling us your old car within hours – book a free inspection right away!
In the meantime, have a look at the launch video of the new E Class