Mercedes-Benz upgrades E-Class family

All models in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range treated to mid-life updates

Reuben Van Niekerk
Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class family has been a pillar of the Mercedes-Benz range since its introduction in 1946 and with a mid life facelift the latest iteration aims to continue that trend with a more dynamic design, sporty aura and increased levels of interior comfort across six models and nine derivatives.

 

E-Class sedan

The facelifted front end, with increased chrome content, shows the E-Class means business, with two chrome louvres and vertical high-gloss black struts providing a sporty and elegant appearance. The rear end was updated with a new bumper, split tail lamps and a new boot lid.

The interior offers even more comfort, including a steering wheel with touch controls, two 10.25-inch screens and the latest MBUX multimedia system.

 

The new E-Class features the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems. Active Distance Assist Distronic with route based speed adjustment recognises and responds to tailbacks and slow moving traffic even before the driver becomes aware of them. Other innovations include Active Tailback Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Parking Package with 360-degree camera.

 

Energizing seat kinetics supports beneficial changes in seated posture by means of minute movements of the seat cushion and backrest when on a journey. The system networks various comfort systems in the vehicle and uses musical and lighting moods plus a number of massage modes for a wide range of feel-good programmes. The aim is for passengers to feel well and relaxed even during demanding or monotonous journeys.

 

The regular E-Class sedan range offers two four-cylinder engines to choose from including the E200, which offers 145kW at 5000rpm and 320Nm at 1650rpm while using as little as 6.5 litres/100km. The E220d boasts 143kW at 3800rpm and 400Nm at 1 600rpm and can use as little as 4.7 litres/100km.

 

E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet

Upgrades to the Coupé and Cabriolet models include a healthy facelift, with the front sections in particular being given a fresh look, a good dose of technology, including the next generation of driving assistance systems and the MBUX infotainment system as well as a range of electrified, more efficient petrol and diesel engines.

 

The design modifications, particularly to the front sections of the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, bring added refinement, with flatter headlamps that feature all LED technology.

The A shape design of the new diamond radiator grille, which is standard on all versions, adds a particularly dynamic touch and all South African models will feature the AMG line as standard for all coupe and cabriolet models. The rear now features two-piece taillights, also featuring LED technology.

 

Inside new look trim options, open pore grey ash wood and aluminium with light carbon-fibre grain, serve to enhance the interior. A new steering wheel has been fitted and all models are fitted with the latest generation of the MBUX multimedia system, which comes standard with two large 10.25-inch screens arranged side by side.

South African customers will initially be able to choose from two models. The E200 offers the same output as in the sedan with 145kW while the E300 boasts 190kW at 5 800rpm and 370Nm at 1 800rpm.

 

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ Coupe and Cabriolet

The new AMG models in the Coupé and Cabriolet range stand out thanks to a characteristic grille and a host of exterior details.

Under the bonnet, the electrified 3.0-litre engine with twin turbocharging via an exhaust gas turbocharger and an electric additional compressor ensures an output of 320kW at 6 100rpm and 520Nm at 1 800rpm, resulting in 0-100km/h sprint times of 4.4 and 4.6 seconds respectively.

 

Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ sedan

The big daddy of the E-Class line up, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ sedan has been given an extensive facelift but continues the tradition as one of the most spectacular super sedans available on South Africa’s roads.

The new look is even sportier than before with striking body styling. The larger AMG-specific radiator grille with 12 slats as per GT models, flatter all-LED multibeam headlamps, characteristic flared wheel arches and rounded bonnet with power domes combine to create a more dynamic appearance.

 

At the heart is a 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine with twin scroll turbochargers borrowed from the GT family, which delivers 450kW and 850Nm, enough to complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.4 seconds.

The AMG speedshift MCT 9-speed transmission is specially tuned to the requirements of the performance models, enabling short shift times and fast multiple downshifts, while the double-clutching function makes for an emotive gear changing experience.

 

The job of reigning all this in is effectively taken care of by the AMG high-performance braking system, which is reliable, quick and fade resistant even under high loads thanks to 360mm discs and six-piston calipers up front.

AMG Ride Control suspension ensures the hallmark E-Class comfort, combined with high levels of precision and driving dynamics of the AMG brand. Thanks to a special spring and damper set-up and the Adaptive Damping system, the new three-chamber air suspension system combines exemplary driving dynamics with excellent road roar and tyre vibration characteristics.

 

The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ is equipped with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive as standard. The system combines the advantages of different drive concepts, torque distribution on the front and rear axles, which is fully variable for the first time, ensures optimum traction on any surface. The vehicle can thus be driven in a continuously variable way, from traction oriented all-wheel drive to purely rear-wheel drive.

 

The interior combines a fine ambience and high-quality materials with the characteristic AMG performance. The AMG seats are upholstered in nappa leather and individually adjustable ambient lighting comes as standard. The MBUX infotainment system with touchscreen and touchpad feature additional AMG-specific displays and there is a new AMG Performance steering wheel.

The new AMG Performance steering wheel creates an even closer link between human and machine and includes a sensor mat to detect hands on, if the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel for a certain time.

 

The centre console includes AMG-specific control unit with additional switches that are used to regulate the drive programs, the media volume, the three-stage ESP, manual transmission mode, Adaptive Damping system, optional AMB Performance exhaust system, the ECO start/stop function and the reversing camera.

With up to six Dynamic Select drive programs, the characteristics range from efficient and comfortable to very sporty.

 

Pricing

Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan E200

R920 000

Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan E220d

R984 000

Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+

R2 423 000

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé E200

R1 036 000

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé E300

R1 131 000

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé

R1 618 000

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet E200

R1 164 000

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé E300

R1 268 000

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Cabriolet

R1 756 000