As an car maker, Mercedes have a history of building cars that really matter.
It was the first marque to implement electronic stability control on its S-Class cars back in the 1990s. And it was the first to introduced “pre-safe” – a system that helped to protect occupants in advance of a crash.
Now Mercedes have delivered yet another important car, perhaps the most important car of 2016 for the brand – the Mercedes E-Class 2017.
The car itself is meant to go up against the BMW 5 Series and the Jaguar XF. As a result, Mercedes have paid a lot of attention to the exterior of the car.
One of the primary objectives, according to Drummond Jacoy, head of vehicle design at the company, was to widen the shoulders to give it more interior space. If you look at most luxury cars, he says, they all have long bonnets, long wheelbase, short overhangs that produce an effect that is both luxurious and dynamic.
But Jacoy isn’t just interested in the aesthetics of the car; he wants it to be functional too. After all, owners of this vehicle want something that not only chauffeurs them in style, but can also mould itself around their lives.
As a result, the car comes with a rather impressive 540-litre boot which just so happens to be exactly the same size as the boot on the Jaguar XF. There’s also an estate version of the car on the horizon for those who want a bit of extra space.
According to Jacoy, however, both models were designed, not just for looks, but also for fuel efficiency. The sleek styling of the cars is as much about Mercedes’ modern design philosophy as it is about the company’s desire to make cars that are as energy efficient as possible.
Jacoy said that the new E-Class will have an astonishingly low drag coefficient of just 0.23.
Auto Repair companies that deal with Mercedes on a daily basis know that the cars aren’t always the cheapest to fix, or even replace. The new E-Class starts from around $45,000 in the US, £34,735 in the UK, for the entry level model – the 220 d with SE trim. This particular variety comes a 2.0 litre, four cylinder engine, capable of cranking out 192 bhp and 400Nm of torque.
There’s a larger engine on offer too, the 3.0 litre V6 that will produce over 254 bhp.
Mercedes are also due to release a petrol hybrid for the environmentally conscious, the E 350 e which should be hitting dealers any time now. This car is more powerful than the straight diesel versions, producing more than 275 bhp and over 600 Nm of torque.
Mercedes have called their new E-Class “the most intelligent saloon in the business class” thanks to its wide array of technology.
Like Tesla, Mercedes are now offering drivers the ability to upgrade their cars wirelessly, ushering in a new era for the manufacturer and another game-changing innovation for owners of its vehicles.
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