Mercedes Benz launches new E-Class at Rs. 41.50 lakh

Mercedes Benz India has launched the new 2013 Mercedes E-Class sedan at a starting price of Rs. 41.50 lakh for the petrol E- 200 CGI and Rs. 44.48 lakh for the diesel E-250 CDI variant. There is also a limited-edition E-250 CDI Avantgarde variant that is priced at Rs. 49.90 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. Only 100 of these limited edition variants will be sold.

Mercedes India is on an aggressive launch spree. In the past two months it has launched three new cars, with the GL Class SUV, the A-Class luxury sports hatchback and now the new E-Class. The new E-Class also follows the new design language that Mercedes has adopted in terms of a bold front grille with a prominent large three-pointer star. Yet it retains some of the traditional E-Class flair such as the “four-eyed” look with twin headlamps on either side, except that these twins are all-LED headlamps and have integrated daytime driving lights. The E-Class claims to be the most popular luxury sedan in its segment with 23,000 cars being sold since its launch in 1995. Also read: Mercedes B-Class road test and review

Updated styling

The styling is sleek and sophisticated. Mercedes has done away with the need for fog lamps because of its adaptive headlamp system. The tail lamps too have been redesigned and now have fibre optics and LEDs in them. It comes with an option of either 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels and features a panoramic sun-roof. It is fairly spacious and boasts of one of the largest boots in its segment at 540 litres, and has a full-size alloy spare wheel instead of the usual space-saver that Mercedes used to offer. Read: Mercedes ML350 CDI road test

Loaded with convenience features

This car is also loaded with plenty of technology. The driver and passenger seats are electric with memory settings. It has intelligent lighting (adaptive lighting), start-stop system, reverse camera, attention assist, Comand navigation and infotainment system. The infotainment system features internet connectivity, USB, Bluetooth and a hard drive to store specific navigation information.  The interiors have a wood finish trim and look typically Mercedes.

The car has plenty of safety features as well, with eight airbags, ABS, ESP, seat belt pre-tensioners and of course, Attention Assist, which detects if the driver is drowsy. The headlamps are adaptive and there’s automatic switching between high and low beam, while the beam pattern alters itself to the driving conditions. The bonnet is designed to be safe for pedestrians as well. The car features ParkTronic with active steering intervention to help in parallel parking.

Updated power ratings

The Mercedes E-Class comes with a choice of two engines. The petrol Mercedes E 200 CGI is powered by a 1991 cc, four-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engine that puts out 181 bhp of power at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 1200-4000 rpm. It is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters as standard. The diesel Mercedes E250 CDI is powered by a V4- four-cylinder, 2143 cc diesel engine that puts out 201 bhp of power at 4,200 rpm and a punch 500 Nm of torque at 1600-1800 rpm. It is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts and can do 0-100 kmph in a claimed 7.5 seconds. The petrol does this in 7.9 seconds.

The engines are fairly fuel efficient as well. The diesel has a fuel efficiency rating of 17.25 kmpl with an 80-litre fuel tank giving it a long cruising range. The petrol has a fuel efficiency rating of 13.8 kmpl.

The Mercedes E-Class has always been a favourite with corporate buyers and businessmen. It has an appeal as both a driver’s car as well as one to be chauffeur driven in. The new E-Class moves the scales slightly more in favour of it being a driver’s car now, while retaining its appeal as car to be driven in as well. Watch: Mercedes ML 350 video review: Motorized Apartment