The all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The most Intelligent Executive sedan ever
When Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars took the floor of the 2016 Motown motor show, he said that that 2016 would be the year of ‘dream cars’. The first such car would be the all-new 10th generation E-Class and rest will just follow the suit.
We are already witnessing the mind boggling techs around us which has already become an essential part in the car either we’re aware of or not but that’s there to stay to help us in unprecedented ways.
Mercedes-Benz is one such company that changes the definition of what luxury actually means. ‘The best or nothing’ remains a holy mantra for the Mercedes. This time around when Mercedes Benz presented the all-new 10th generation business class salon Mercedes made sure that it will rewrite executive/business class means and how it can add intelligent technology to make it the most advance such car ever to mark the world premiere of numerous technical innovations that enable comfortable, safe driving on a new level, plus a new dimension in driver assistance.
E is the new S-Class
The current S-Class (code name-W222) was introduced in 2013, and right from the start the S-Class retained its prestige for being the authority in the top bracket luxury cars. however later in 2014 when Mercedes introduced its compact C-Class (code name W205) it shocked everyone. It was a smaller mini-me version of the S-Class. A smart decision by Mercedes as C-Class captured the market more that its rivals.
However, this new E-Class, design-wise draws a close resemblance from S-Class again. And since its bigger than C-Class. I am sure many will simply mistake it as the S-Class. So it’s surely kinda win win situation for the E-Class owners.
Historically S-Class sits on top of the pinnacle when it comes to advancements in technologies and . However, this time It’s the E-Class taking the lead in being the most intelligent executive sedan ever.
Re-inventing the interior of the all-new E-Class by the combination of emotion and intelligence. Optional extras include the Widescreen Cockpit with two brilliant next-generation high-resolution displays, each with a wide screen diagonal of 12.3 inches – unique in this segment. As the entire cockpit is fully digital, the driver is free to configure the information and views of relevance for them and thus create their own personal cockpit. In a first for a car, the steering wheel features touch-sensitive Touch Controls that, like a smartphone interface, respond precisely to horizontal and vertical swiping movements. In keeping with the motto “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road“, this allows minimum driver distraction to be achieved.
Breaking the new boundaries with high-quality materials that define the interior style. The usage of open-pore woods, wood in a yachting look with flowing lines as a contemporary interpretation of inlaid wood and a novel metal fabric. Active Multicontour Seat package is also available as an option for the front seats. This includes the following functions: Energizing Massage, dynamic seat, multicontour backrest and again newly introduced – the active cushion. To make your journey more enjoyable the LED ambient light can be customized to emit 64 colors as you wish!
All models available are equipped as standard with the new 9G‑TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes claims that it enables fast gear changes and allows low engine revs, which has a particularly beneficial effect on efficiency and noise levels.
The suspension on the all-new E-Class, with three options of selective damping, offers agile driving pleasure and the highest level of ride comfort in this segment. In addition, a multi-chamber air suspension all round is also available – the only car in its segment to offer this option.
A DYNAMIC SELECT switch in the cockpit enables the driver to select from five AIR BODY CONTROL modes: “Comfort”, “ECO”, “Sport” , “Sport +”and “Individual”, allowing drivers to configure their vehicle to suit their own preferences.
Intelligent Assist-tronics Plus
Mercedes-Benz’s new assistance and safety systems enhance safety, comfort and driver assistance to new levels. Active Brake Assist is able to warn the driver of impending collisions, provide optimum support with emergency braking and if necessary also autonomously apply the brakes. Included as standard is ATTENTION ASSIST with adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness.
Highlights of the optional Driving Assistance package that make the E-Class the most intelligent sedan in its class include:
The newly developed DRIVE PILOT system endorses Mercedes-Benz’s next step on the road to autonomous driving. As Distance Pilot DISTRONIC, it is not only able to automatically maintain the correct following distance behind the vehicle in front, at speeds up to 130 km/h, the system can continue to actively help with the steering by taking account of surrounding vehicles and parallel structures, even if the lane markings are unclear or non-existent. Integrated into DRIVE PILOT, Active Emergency Stop Assist can brake the vehicle to a standstill in its lane if it detects that the driver is permanently no longer taking control while on the move.
Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function can detect crossing traffic at junctions and, if the driver fails to respond, apply the brakes autonomously. Likewise, the new Evasive Steering Assist system complements the pedestrian detection function of Active Brake Assist. If the driver deliberately or instinctively initiates an evasive manoeuvre in a hazardous situation, this function can add precisely calculated steering torque to support the movement of the steering wheel.
Advanced assistance systems: the intelligent assistance systems in the new Driver Assistance package also include proven systems that have been further developed in terms of their mode of operation and the sensors they use such as Active Blind Spot Assist, PRE-SAFE, and PRE-SAFE PLUS. in addition there is PRE-SAFE Impulse Side that inflates an air chamber in side bolster of the front seat back and shielding the occupant from the door. Also PRE-SAFE Sound is again based on human reflex in the inner ear, known as stapedius reflex. The system emits a short interference signal through the vehicle’s sound system if the risk of a collision is detected. This signal can trigger the natural reflex and thus prepare the occupants’ ears for the expected sound of the accident, in order to reduce the stress on the occupants.
PRE-SAFE Impulse Side: this system is part of the Driving Assistance package PLUS. If a lateral collision has been detected and is imminent, it can move the driver or front passenger away from the danger zone in a sideways direction by way of precaution. To do this, the system inflates an air chamber in the side bolster of the front seat backrest nearest the side of the imminent impact in a fraction of a second, thus increasing the distance between occupant and door and, at the same time, reducing the forces acting on them.
PRE-SAFE Sound: this system is based on a human reflex in the inner ear, called the stapedius reflex. PRE-SAFE® Sound emits a short interference signal through the vehicle’s sound system if the risk of a collision is detected. This signal can trigger the natural reflex and thus prepare the occupants’ ears for the expected sound of the accident, in order to reduce the stress on the occupants.
Lift my days, Light up my nights
The all-new E-Class comes as standard with standard halogen headlamps. These incorporate an energy-saving LED daytime running lamp. Alternatively, a static LED High Performance headlamp as well as an innovative MULTIBEAM LED headlamp system with Intelligent Light System and adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus are available.
Pricing start from USD 52,800 for the E 200, USD 55,400 for E 250, USD 67,700 for the E 300 and USD 77,200 for the E 400 4MATIC