Car News 15 Jan 2016

Mercedes unveil sleek new E-Class

Mercedes-Benz has released full details of the eagerly anticipated 5th generation E-Class at the Detroit motor show.

Similar in shape and design to the S and C-Class, the new E-Class looks sleeker than its predecessor and features a roomier cabin.  The new car is built on Mercedes’ modular rear architecture (MRA) platform, and comes with a choice of three suspension tunes with variable damping controls.

A choice of 8 different engines will be available eventually, however the launch models will come with either the 181bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol or 192bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine.  They will be equipped with Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic 9 speed automatic gearbox as standard.

The new E-class is technology-focused, with the latest version of Mercedes’ Drive Pilot allowing near autonomous driving, including the ability to follow cars and control braking, steering , acceleration and even lane changes.

Other advanced technology includes car-to-car and car-to-X communication, new safety systems and a range of driver assistance technologies and driving modes.  Internally there’s an optional glass-faced digital panel with two 12.3in monitors, laser-guided touchpads on the steering wheel and a wireless charging mat with USB connector for Apple and android compatibility.

Prices will start at just under £36,000, with first deliveries scheduled for May.