Mercedes has been one of the most consistent players in the automotive industry. Each cars sets a higher benchmark for its class and segment every time, or so is the case most of the time. Even though Mercedes claims to be an Engineering company, it’s very easy to say that they are way more than that. The quality of their products, on the inside and the outside is top notch. You will never find panel gaps or protruding stitches on any Mercedes, right from their truck, the Actros , to their flagship Sedan, the S-Class( considered by many automotive journalists to be the best car in the world). They are perfectionists.
Many would point out that the 4th Generation E-Class was a blow to the company’s reputation, but that’s the case only because we have started taking their excellence for granted. The E-Class was not disappointing in any regard, it was just not as good as people expected from Mercedes. Well, Mercedes surely has tried to make up for their mistakes this time around with the introduction of the 5th Generation E-Class.
Now you might ask how they have tried to make up for their mistakes. Well, they have introduced a new technology, and while it may not be ground-breaking, it is revolutionary for sure, because it changes the way we interact with our cars.
What they have done is that they have mounted touch pads on the steering-wheel which react to thumb swipes just like our smartphones to control the car’s infotainment system. They have also added a large dual-screen flat display unit, which is actually the instrument panel and central infotainment unit.
The E-Class shares its MRA platform with the new C-Class and the flagship S-Class. Size-wise, it sits in between them, even though the new E-Class has a wheelbase that’s 65mm longer than the outgoing model and the overall length has increased by 43mm.
The E-Class is equipped with a new family of straight-six engines that are set to gradually replace the V^ that powers the current E-Series, in addition to some other Mercs. The E-Class also has three suspension options, a 15mm lowered variant for avant-garde models, a 15mm lowered and stiffer sports suspension with adaptive dampers and an optional air suspension with electronically controlled adjustable damping.
The E-Class also comes with a Driver Assist Package which basically makes it a more accountable version of Tesla, the list of features is too long and requires an article all to itself, and we can definitely save that for later. Right now though, I am sure Indian buyers cannot wait to lay their hands on the new E-Class, however, it won’t be coming to the Indian marketplace before the first quarter of 2017. But I am sure our patience would be rightfully rewarded. See you guys in the next one.