During a drive through Goa’s coastal roads, we find that the latest E-Class is an evolutionary step ahead of its predecessors
he first thing that strikes you about the new E-Class is its sheer size. The first extended wheelbase Mercedes-Benz E-Class to be offered in India measures over 5,000 mm in length (a full 184 mm longer than before) and boasts a 3,000 mm wheelbase. The new design language adds proportion while the elegant character lines create an aura of elegance, along with the classy LED high-performance headlamps, the large two-slat grille bearing the three-pointed star, the panoramic sunroof, neat 17-inch alloys and a rear that is reminiscent of the S-Class.
Size does matter
The spacious cabin allows abundant leg room while rear passengers get 320 mm of space alongside reclining seats which can be electronically adjusted to ensure maximum comfort. The interior has been finished with high-quality leather and plastics, with open pore black ash wood trim on the dashboard and door panels. There are 64 different lighting options as well. The COMAND online system can be accessed through the stunning touchpad and controller on the central console. Touch controls on the steering wheel can be used to display information or control the infotainment system. The car also comes equipped with a 12.3-inch media display screen, a 13 speaker Burmester surround sound system and four-zone climate control.
In the mode
The petrol variant gets a 1991 cc, four cylinder engine that delivers 184 bhp and 300 Nm of torque. The diesel unit is a 2,987 cc V6 motor that pumps out a solid 258 bhp and 620 Nm of torque. Both engines come mated to the new nine-speed automatic gearbox capable of great performance and economy. While the petrol variant goes from 0-100 kmph in 8.5 seconds, the diesel manages the same in just 6.6 seconds! Also, the ‘air body control’ (the adaptive suspension system) lets you literally glide over undulations on road.
Through the dynamic select system, you can choose the ‘eco’ or ‘comfort’ mode for the city and should you feel the need to push it hard, you have the option of ‘sport’ mode. It’s surprisingly easy to drive despite its size, thanks to the way it handles and sticks to its line while taking fast corners. The host of safety features include the Mercedes-Benz PreSafe package, seven airbags, active parking assist and a visual parking aid system.With all these great features in place, there’s little doubt that the automobile maufacturer has left no stone unturned in ensuring that the E-Class becomes a true game changer in the segment it occupies.