Official: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class unveiled

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The keywords for the new Mercedes-Benz's vision are safety and environment responsibility. The new E-Class stands out for the new philosophy and with more than 20 technical improvements the famous brand keeps the leadership on the luxury segment. Some of the most important innovations for a safer drive include the standard Attention Assist, Adaptive Main Beam Assist and automatic emergency braking, which is activated when there is acute danger of a collision.

The E-Class received even a more advanced technology both for safety and comfort, a smart bodyshell technology with 30% higher rigidity, improved seats and an innovate suspension with shock absorbers adjusting to the current driving situation. The E-Class is also environment oriented due to the BlueEfficiency package including new engines, four and six-cylinder with outputs from 136 hp to 525 hp, which meet the EU5 emission standard and also consume over 23% less fuel that the former models.

The E-Class receives 3 fully developed four-cylinder diesel engines featuring the most advanced generation common-rail direct injection, fast piezo-electric injectors, innovated exhaust gas recirculation and an advanced twin turbocharger. Translating in figures we can say that the new E 250 CDI capable of 204HP registers 25% higher torque than the former V6 using 23% less gasoline and just 5.3L at 100km/h.

The other new four-cylinder engines, the E 220 CDI with 170HP and the E 200 CDI with 136HP have the same low level of consumption, of just 5.3L at 100km/h. The star on the engines catwalk is the brand new E-Class six-cylinder E 350 CDI capable of 231km/h and using 0.5L/100km less fuel than the previous E 320 CDI.

Starting with this autumn the new V6 will also be released as a BlueTec model featuring the world's best emission control technology. The E 350 BlueTec will develop 211HP and will satisfy the EU6 emission standards scheduled for 2014. In terms of petrol engines innovation and fuel economy are the development criteria. The E 200 CGland and the E 250 CGlare come equipped with new 1.8 four-cylinder direct-injection engine providing 20% fuel saving. The E 200 CGI with 184HP gets a six-speed manual transmission and the ECO start/stop function as standard, consuming just 6.8 L/100km.

The E 350 CGI with 292HP and the top model E 500 with 388HP are still included in the range of versions of the new E-Class, now with improvements in fuel consumption, both the V6 and V8 use up to 0.6L/100km less fuel. In collaboration with AMG, Mercedes developed also the new high-performance E 63 AMG capable of 525HP.

The V6 and V8 models receive as standard equipment a seven-speed automatic transmission and steering wheel selector lever and, on request, the V6 E 350 CDland and the V8 E 500 are available with the last-generation Mercedes all-wheel drive. The exterior of the new E-Class comes with unique and original characteristics such as headlamps adapting to the traffic situation and automatically responding to avoid dazzling other drivers(the first vehicle in the world with this feature), an optional Adaptive Main Beam Assist to control the headlamps. The innovative system is included in a light& sight package featuring bi-xenon headlamps, the Intelligent Light System and LED daytime driving lights.

There is also available the Lane Safety package which includes Blind Spot Assist familiar from the S-Class, and as a new feature, Lane Keeping Assist which is meant to prevent the vehicle from leaving the road unintentionally. In terms of safety there is never enough so the new E-Class got a series of special features to ensure the highest level of safety, such as seven airbags as standard, belt tensioners, belt force limiters, crash-responsive head restrains and ISOFIX child seat attachments.

As Mercedes stands out also for comfort combined with safety, the new E-Class received advanced adaptive shock absorbers and reworked air suspension as standard equipment. At the interior Mercedes keeps the line of comfort and premium quality design with an advanced seat technology. As an option there are available the multicontour seats with comfort head restrains and a two-stage massage function in the backrest. On demand, the new E-Class can receive a rear-seat comfort package including two single seats, seat heating, leather upholstery, a centre console, comfort head restraints, roller blinds in the rear doors, an electrically operated roller blind for the rear window, comfort sun visors and a through-loading facility to the boot.

Apart the wide choice of engines and suspensions, the new E-Class offers two design and equipment lines- Elegance line an Avantgarde line- 12 wheel/tyre combinations in 16, 17, 18 or 19-inch size, twelve exterior paint finishes and six different seat upholstery materials in up to five colour combinations to suit their individual preferences. The standard equipment comes with -inch light-alloy wheels in a nine-spoke design, eucalyptus or embossed aluminium trim (optional), a four-spoke multifunction steering wheel lined in fine nappa leather with chrome inserts, an audio 20 CD infotainment system with a twin receiver, CD-player, eight loudspeakers and a Bluetooth interface for a mobile phone.

The Elegance line gives the name for a premium classic and elegant look due to special features like chrome-plated radiator grille with four silver-painted louvres, 16-inch light-alloy wheels in a ten twin-spoke design, burr walnut trim and stylish ambient lighting with fibre optics that frame the dashboard and door panels. On the other hand, the Avantgarde line stands out for modern, innovative and original design with features like bi-xenon headlamps with the Intelligent Light System and LED daytime driving lights, LED technology for all the rear lights, 17-inch light-alloy wheels in a five twin-spoke design, a special, lowered suspension setup, ambient lighting and the instrument cluster in a sporty tubular design.

As to satisfy all kinds of tastes and desires, Mercedes came with two additional kits, the AMGsports package and the Exclusive package containing premium quality features such as bumpers and side skirts in an AMGdesign, sport seats with enhanced lateral support, a three-spoke sports steering wheel with shift paddles, a black roof lining, a lowered sports suspension , perforated disc brakes with the Mercedes logo and 18-inch light-alloy wheels for the AMGsports kit, respectively wood/leather steering wheel, the roof lining, pillar claddings and sun visors in Alcantara, the seat upholstery, armrest and door panels in nappa leather, an attractively lined dashboard with decorative seams and velours floor mats for the Exclusive kit. Also the price of the new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been revealed.

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