Tech-filled 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class debuts at Detroit Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 11, 2016

The 10th generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class represents a leap forward for the brand into what the vehicles of the future would be capable of. The-Class sedan continues to deliver a style that has its own unique emotional design with a superior-quality interior. The latest E-Class will also mark the global debut of new features that enhance comfort as well as of many technical innovations. It also raises the benchmarks when it comes to safe driving and driver assistance features.

In addition, it features a new control system and infotainment set-up. Mercedes-Benz also offers the AIR BODY CONTROL as an option. This is a kind of air suspension that makes sure that the driving dynamics and ride comfort are excellent. All of these different innovations mean that the E-Class is truly the most intelligent sedan.

As mentioned earlier, the E-Class has the AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension as an option. This feature is fast-responding and very sensitive as it gives all-round self-leveling in to provide better comfort even if the vehicle is loaded. The AIR BODY CONTROL is the one that controls the ride height based on the speed. It can even help reduce the fuel consumption while driving on the freeway as it automatically lowers the vehicle. When on rough roads, the ground clearance can also be increased with the simple push of a button.

The E-Class has a multi-chamber air suspension that is supported by an electronically controlled and continuously operating damping adjustment system. What this system does is that on certain road conditions or even driving situations, it immediately adapts the necessary damping to each of the individual wheels.

The result is that the system gives excellent tire vibration characteristics and good road roar, plus outstanding dynamics and better ride comfort. There are four AIR BODY CONTROL modes that can be enabled using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch located in the cockpit. These modes are: "Comfort," "ECO," "Sport" and "Sport+." If the driver is not satisfied with these modes, there is also the "Individual" option that allows them to configure the E-Class to meet their own preferences. Yes another significant feature of the E-Class is the new assistance and safety systems. These systems push the standards of comfort, driver assistance and safety. Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class comes with the standard PRE-SAFE Sound.

This particular system is based on the stapedius reflex, the body’s protective reflex in the inner ear. What happens is that the system emits a short interference using its sound system if there is a risk of being in a collision. Since the signal can trigger a natural reflex, it prepares everyone’s ear to what can be said as the expected sound of the accident. Another standard feature is the Active Brake Assist. This system meanwhile warns the driver of any possible crash situations.

In such situations, the system gives just the right amount of support when the emergency brake is applied and can even apply its brakes automatically. The system not only can detect stationary or slower-moving vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians who are crossing the road in front of the car. The third safety system is the ATTENTION ASSIST which comes as standard as well. The sensitivity is adjustable and what it does is warn the driver during cases of inattentiveness or the more serious one, drowsiness.

Finally, the Crosswind Assist is a system that helps the driver mitigate the effects of any strong crosswinds thereby preventing the car from having to drift too far away from the track. Mercedes-Benz is also offering the Driver Assistance Package Plus as an option which shows that it is truly the most intelligent sedan for its segment. One feature of the package is the DRIVE PILOT. This system is a major step in Mercedes-Benz's goal of autonomous driving. Whether the E-Class is on the freeway or a country road, its Distance Pilot DISTRONIC can automatically maintain whatever the selected distance is from the vehicle on the front. Unlike other systems though, it can also follow the traffic of the vehicles in front of speeds reaching 130 mph.

Driving is made easier since the driver no longer has to press on the accelerator or the brake during normal driving. The Steering Pilot also helps with the steering even when driving past moderate bends. It takes account of the surrounding vehicles and even parallel structures and makes the needed intervention. The Steering Pilot does this even if the lines are nonexistent or unclear such as when a road is under construction, or if the car is moving as fast as 81 mph.

This is considered as very helpful especially during heavy vehicle congestion of traffic jams. The DRIVE PILOT also has the Active Lane-change Assist. The second feature is the Active Brake Assist with the cross-traffic function. Unlike those found in the standard version, this one can extend the speed threshold with regards to other vehicles or even pedestrians. It can also detect any crossing traffic and when the driver is not able to respond at once, the system automatically applies the brakes.

There is also a new feature that allows it to detect any dangerous situations especially when at the tail end of a traffic jam when there is often no room left to maneuver or even initiate autonomous braking in advance. As a result, it is possible to avoid any accident at speeds of up to 43 mph. Beyond this threshold, the system helps in reducing the severity of any accident, should it occur. The Evasive Steering Assist is another part of the package. This system works well with the active Brake Assist’s pedestrian detection function. In certain dangerous situations for example, the driver often instinctively, or even deliberately, implement an evasive maneuver.

What this system does is help the driver by adding in the right amount of steering torque in order to support well the movement of its steering wheel. Thus the driver can avoid a pedestrian in a more controlled manner while being able to straighten up the car in order to negotiate the situation safely. Finally, there are the advanced assistance systems. The intelligence assistance systems offered in the package have been proven to be effective but they’ve been developed further both in the mode of operation and the sensors used. Its Active Lane Keeping Assist helps the driver from unintentionally changing lanes through a corrective one-sided application of its brakes.

This system can even help the driver when there are broken lines of when the risk of collision is high like fast overtaking vehicles or oncoming traffic. While the Active Blind Spot Assist has been used n previous models, this version of the system now includes the ability to warn the driver if there is a risk of a lateral collision. This is a situation many experience at urban traffic where vehicles are at low speeds. Lastly, the PRE-SAFE PLUS protects the vehicle against any collisions due to traffic following behind. It can also reduce whiplash as well as other effects that may negatively affect the occupants.

The E-Class also has some new features.

The first is the Remote Parking Pilot which enables the vehicle to move in and out of garages, and even parking spaces, with simply the use of a smartphone app. This also allows occupants to enter and exit the vehicle ii cases wherein space is tight. Additional details will be released during the official U.S. launch slated for the summer of 2016.

One interesting thing about the MY2017 E-Class is that it will be the first vehicle in the world to have the fully integral Car-to-X solution for a series production. This Car-to-X communication is mobile-phone supported and enables information exchange with other vehicles. It allows the driver to "see around corners" or even "through obstacles."

The system gives early warning to the driver when there is the possibility of a dangerous situation like a broken-down car on the edge of the road, heavy rain, or even black ice. What the system does is make the E-Class act as both receiver and transmitter.

The warning messages are either sent automatically after the status of the vehicle is evaluated or sent manually by the driver. Additional details will be released during the official U.S. launch slated for the summer of 2016.

There is of course the PRE-SAFE impulse side which is part of its Driving Assistance package PLUS. When lateral collision is detected and analyzed to be unavoidable, it preventively moves the driver to the side and away from the danger zone. It does this for the front passenger as well. The E-Class will also come with the standard Mercedes-Benz Frontbass system, giving a unique listening experience for everyone. The system utilizes the space in the side-member and cross-member of its body structure as the resonance chamber for its bass speakers.

Offered as an option are the two Burmester sound systems, which include the latest Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system. This sound system has 23 speakers and when this option is chosen, gives everyone inside the experience of listening to music as if they’re in a concert hall. The 3D sound is due to the roof speakers.

Because it has a stiff body, the E-Class has low noise, allows excellent handling, reduces vibration levels, and provides a high level of crash safety. In order to achieve this, engineers used for the bodyshell components that had a higher proportion of aluminum and high-strength steel compared to the previous model. Cast aluminum was also the one used for the front fender, the hood, and even the trunk lid. A large section of both the front and the rear ends are also made of the same material. This lightweight design therefore lowers fuel consumption while ensuring that it has a sporty appearance and agile handling.

It goes without saying that the outstanding efficiency of the E-Class is mainly due to the aerodynamic performance. To reach this goal, aerodynamic experts had to implement new ideas and even optimize a number of details. Aside from the efficiency, the aerodynamics also manages to minimize the wind noise and ensure that the E-Class is indeed quieter compared to other models in the luxury-class.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be made available to the US and official dealers by the summer of 2016.

Exterior Design

This latest offering has the hallmark of a sporty, stylish, and sophisticated car. The wheelbase of the new E-Class measures 115.7 inches, 2.6 inches longer than its predecessor’s 113.1 inches.

2017 E-Class is also longer at 193.8 inches compared to the prior model’s 192.1 inches, a difference of 1.7 inches. Nevertheless, it carries the proportions that a sedan Mercedes-Benz is known for.

The hood is elongated and is paired with the coupe-like roof that flows to the broad-shouldered tail end, resulting in an exciting silhouette. The powerful vehicle body has been extended and is characterized with the long wheelbase, short overhangs, well-defined flanks, and large wheels.

They exhibit a new and dynamic yet stylish interpretation of this line, allowing the E-Class to embody the company’s design philosophy which is to attain "Sensual Purity." Its muscular front end highlights the status that this business-class sedan aims for as it shows a different look for each of the design and the equipment line.

The Luxury version, for example, can be easily recognized by its classic Mercedes radiator grill and the star on its hood. The Sport variant meanwhile can be identified through the sport radiator grill that has for the large Mercedes star as its focal point. Thus, the design of the radiator grill gives the E-Class its unique character and provides a certain degree of diversity to ensure that each of the models is able to stand out.

At the rear end and above the arches of the rear wheel, the broad shoulders give the E-Class that definite muscular appearance. The single piece tail lights have a two-bar design that has been framed with the vehicle body. As a result, it is very easy to see that the E-Class is indeed a member of the company’s sedan family. Its rear lights meanwhile give an incredible level of detail, the appearance of which, designers describe as the "stardust effect."

Debuting on the latest E-Class, this effect is the result of the use of innovative reflector technology whose surface structure has been configured for its tail lights.

Interior Design

Going to its interior, it embodies a distinct mix of intelligence and emotion, poles that have long defined the philosophy of the Mercedes-Benz, that is, to have standout forms that exude a sensual flow. The E300 to be launched in the U.S. market provides the next-generation high-resolution display in addition to the 12.3-inch navigation display screen which is the first for its segment. These are integrated into just one casing and even include the traditional gauge cluster which is located behind the steering wheel.

Under the integrated glass frames are the display that visually conflates to the wide-screen cockpit and gives the appearance of floating in thin air. This results to a central element that highlights the horizontal positioning of its interior design. For the first time as well, the steering wheel uses touch-sensitive control buttons. The Touch Controls are capable of responding whether the swipe movement is in a vertical or a horizontal manner, much like a smartphone.

This allows the driver to be able to control the whole infotainment system without needing to remove their hands from the steering wheel. Since the new control interface ensures that driver distraction is minimized, this keeps it in line with the company’s motto of "hands on the wheel, eyes on the road." Further enhancing the experience provided by the new infotainment system is the simplified logic and the intelligent graphic design with its high-resolution animations.

The interior also gives the occupants larger space thereby combining sportiness with the elegance expected from a luxury class car. The lighting of the interior is even made more exclusive with the use of LED technology that’s both durable and energy-saving. This is the same technology used on the ambient lighting system. Since there are 64 colors with which to choose from, the system provides a number of possibilities when it comes to personalization.

One can add some touches of light to the different trim parts and even the door pockets or the handle recesses. The same light can also be added on the overhead console, the central display, the storage located on the center console, and the front and rear footwells. If the vehicle has the Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system, then even the tweeters can have that same lighting atmosphere. Another thing to love about the E-Class is the ergonomic seats.

When combined with its sculpted form, it exhibits the hallmark of a Mercedes-Benz car that is suitable for long travels but carries a sporty and refined look. The seats are now offered with the Warmth and Comfort package. This package includes the center console and door armrests being heated in addition to the steering wheel and front seats, both heated as well.

The rear bench seat of this sedan has a three-piece bracket with the 40%-20%-40% split configuration resulting in versatility. The center armrest meanwhile has new features like a storage box and two pop-out drinks holders. For those who are always connected, there is the option of putting in a holder for the tablet devices of the rear passengers.

Powertrain

For its U.S. market release, the E-Class will be equipped with the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that can deliver 241 hp of power and maximum torque of 273 lb.-ft. The company says that additional model variants will be included after the official market launch.

For the European market, Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be available with a 2.0-liter petrol engine producing 184 hp and 300 Nm of torque (E200). The engine will push the E200 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.7 seconds.

Meanwhile, a 2.0-liter diesel engine is available on the E220d and generates 195 hp and 400 Nm of torque, which helps it accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds. A bigger 3.0-liter diesel engine is available on the E350 d and delivers 258 hp and 620 Nm of torque, in order to push is from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds.

A hybrid version is also available (E350e) and uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine as well as a powerful electric motor. The hybrid system delivers 286 hp and 550 Nm of torque and can push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds.

 

All of the E-Class models that will be released at the market launch will have its engine paired with its latest 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic. This transmission is highly advanced as it allows fast gearshifts as well as low engine revs while cruising. What this means is that there is improvement not just in efficiency but also in reducing the noise level in the interior.

There is however the option of having the E-Class come with the multi-chamber air suspension for all its corners, an option available only to this car alone. The spring struts located in the rear axle have three chambers, each with different sizes, while the front axle has two such spring struts.

As a result, it is easier to control, in three stages, how the suspension of the E-Class will react to the road. The driver and the passengers will not only enjoy its soft base suspension but they will also feel secure as it provides good handling stability even with the car speeding up.

Press Release

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - The most intelligent luxury sedan

Mercedes-Benz is taking a big step into the future with the new E-Class. The tenth-generation of the E-Class sedan delivers stylish highlights with its distinct, emotional design and high-grade interior. The new E-Class also marks the world premiere of numerous technical innovations, enabling enhanced comfort, a new level of safe driving, a new dimension in driver assistance and a new infotainment and control system. A new, optionally available AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension ensures outstanding ride comfort and driving dynamics. The sum total of these innovations makes the E-Class the most intelligent sedan.

"The E-Class is the core of the Mercedes-Benz brand and in the past has repeatedly redefined the standards in the business-class segment. Now it carries this tradition into the future with a wealth of top-class innovations. The new E-Class takes another major step towards fully autonomous driving. In addition, it enhances efficiency, safety and comfort, reduces the stress level when driving and intensifies driving pleasure," says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Powerful, coupe-esque design

The new E-Class is sophisticated, confidently stylish and sporty. Compared with its predecessor, its wheelbase has grown by 2.6 inches (115.7 inches vs. 113.1 inches) and its overall length by 1.7 inches (193.8 inches vs. 192.1 inches). Its design features hallmark Mercedes-Benz sedan proportions. The elongated hood coupled with a coupe-esque roof flowing into a sensual, broad-shouldered tail end creates an exciting silhouette. The powerfully extended vehicle body is characterized by short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large wheels and taut, well- defined flanks displaying a fresh, stylish and dynamic interpretation of the feature line, all of which allows the E-Class to deliver the perfect take on the Mercedes- Benz design philosophy of "Sensual Purity."

A muscular front end underlines the status to which the business-class sedan aspires, boasting a different look for each design and equipment line. The Luxury version features the classic Mercedes radiator grill with the star on the hood, while the Sport models are identifiable by the sport radiator grill with a large Mercedes star as its centerpiece. Each of the radiator grill designs lends the E-Class a distinct character, offering a unique degree of diversity that makes each model stand out.

At the rear end, broad shoulders above the rear wheel arches lend the E-Class its unmistakably muscular character. Single-piece tail lights featuring a two-bar design framed by the vehicle body clearly identify the E-Class as a new member of the Mercedes sedan family. Rear lights provide additional levels of detail with an appearance designers refer to as the "stardust effect." Making its debut on the new E-Class, this available "stardust effect" is created by innovative reflector technology with a specially configured surface structure for the tail lights.

Next Level Interior Design

The interior of the new E-Class embodies the synthesis of emotion and intelligence, poles that are defined by the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy – distinct forms with a sensual flow to them. The U.S. version of the E300 offers a next-generation high-resolution display, with a wide navigation display screen diagonal of 12.3 inches – a first in this segment, and a traditional gauge cluster behind the steering wheel, all integrated into one casing. Beneath its integrated glass frame, the display visually conflates into a wide-screen cockpit that seems to be hovering in thin air, creating a central element that emphasizes the horizontal orientation of the interior design.

Touch-sensitive control buttons ('Touch Controls') on the steering wheel make their first appearance in a car. Like a smartphone interface, the Touch Controls respond precisely to horizontal and vertical swiping movements, allowing the driver to control the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. In keeping with the motto "hands on the wheel, eyes on the road," this new control interface minimizes driver distraction.

Further controls for the infotainment system are provided by a touchpad with a controller which can recognize handwriting in the center console and a voice control system, accessible at the push of a button. For systems such as air- conditioning or various driver assistance systems, there are direct-access buttons located on the center stack.

A new, intelligent graphic design with high-resolution animations, together with simplified logic, further enhances this all-new infotainment experience. At the same time, the occupants enjoy a spacious interior, which combines the elegance of the luxury class with sportiness.

Intelligent material design

High-quality materials define the E-Class' interior style, including Natural Grain Ash wood, and wood with "flowing lines." Another Mercedes hallmark clearly evidenced is the high-quality look and feel created through meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship.

Interior materials and colors have been carefully selected, highlighted by various shades of brown, including several attractive, new color combinations which allow for an even more personalized interior design.

Lighting atmosphere with 64 colors

Interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology, even throughout the enhanced ambient lighting system. With 64 colors to choose from, the ambient lighting system offers a host of possibilities for personalization, adding touches of light to various trim parts, central display, storage on the center console, handle recesses, door pockets, front and rear footwells, overhead console, and tweeters (if the vehicle is equipped with the Burmester® high-end 3D surround sound system).

Seat design: first class

A further highlight of the new E-Class is its seats. Their ergonomic and sculpted form combines Mercedes-Benz's hallmark suitability for long journeys with a refined, sporty look. Another new feature in this segment is a Warmth and Comfort package, which includes heated door armrests and center console, heated steering wheel and rapidly-heating front seats.

The rear bench seat in the new E-Class sedan comes with a three-piece backrest with a 40% - 20% - 40% split, making it exceptionally versatile. Integral features of the center armrest include a storage box and two pop-out drinks holders. There is also the option of a holder for a tablet device for the rear passengers.

New engine generation

In the US market at launch, the new E-Class will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Further model variants will be added to the range after the market launch.

Nine-speed automatic transmission

All E-Class models available at market launch will be equipped with the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. This advanced transmission enables both fast gearshifts and low engine revs while cruising, which provides improvements in both efficiency and interior noise levels.

Suspension – sporty comfort

The suspension on the new E-Class offers agile driving pleasure on twisting roads as well as the highest level of ride comfort in the segment. The E-Class sedan comes with a steel-spring suspension as standard. Two DIRECT CONTROL suspension systems with selective damping are available in conjunction with this suspension:

• DIRECT CONTROL Comfort suspension
• DIRECT CONTROL Sport suspension

AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension

Alternatively, the new E-Class can be equipped with a multi-chamber air suspension at all corners – the only car in its segment to offer this option. Three chambers of different sizes in the spring struts of the rear axle and two in the spring struts of the front axle make it possible to control, in three stages, how firmly the suspension reacts to the road. In this way, the occupants enjoy a soft base suspension, together with the secure feeling of good handling stability as speed increases.

Furthermore, the highly sensitive and fast-responding AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension features all-round self-leveling for excellent ride comfort even with the vehicle loaded. It automatically controls the ride height depending on the speed and reduces fuel consumption on the freeway, for example, by lowering the vehicle. When driving on rough roads, ground clearance can be increased at the push of a button.

The multi-chamber air suspension is supplemented by a continuously operating, electronically controlled damping adjustment system, which automatically adapts the damping on each individual wheel to the current driving situation and road conditions. The system therefore delivers good road roar and tire vibration characteristics, excellent ride comfort and outstanding driving dynamics.

A DYNAMIC SELECT switch in the cockpit enables the driver to select from four AIR BODY CONTROL modes: "Comfort," "ECO," "Sport" and "Sport+." The additional "Individual" option allows drivers to configure their vehicle to suit their own preferences.

Next-generation driver assistance systems

Mercedes-Benz's new assistance and safety systems take safety, comfort and driver assistance to a new level.

Standard on the new E-Class is PRE-SAFE® Sound. This system is based on a protective 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.

Active Brake Assist, fitted as standard, is able to warn the driver of impending crash situations, provide just the right level of support during emergency braking and, if necessary, also apply the brakes automatically. In addition to slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing within the area ahead of the vehicle.

Additional standard equipment includes ATTENTION ASSIST with adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness, and Crosswind Assist, which can assist the driver by substantially mitigating the effects of strong crosswinds to prevent the vehicle from drifting too far off track.

Highlights of the optional Driver Assistance Package Plus that make the E-Class the most intelligent sedan in its class include:

• DRIVE PILOT: This system represents Mercedes-Benz's next step along the road to autonomous driving. While on both freeways and country roads, Distance Pilot DISTRONIC is not only able to automatically maintain the selected distance from the vehicle in front, but, for the first time, it can also follow the traffic in front at speeds of up to 130 mph. This can make life easier for the driver, who no longer needs to operate the brake or accelerator pedal during normal driving and also receives plenty of steering assistance from Steering Pilot – even on moderate bends. Another unique feature of Steering Pilot is that the system can continue to actively intervene by taking account of surrounding vehicles and parallel structures, even if the lines are unclear or nonexistent, as they can be during road construction, even at speeds up to 81 mph. The system therefore makes driving much easier, especially in traffic jams or heavy congestion. Additional DRIVE PILOT innovations include, for the first time, Active Lane- change Assist. This radar-and-camera-based system assists the driver when changing lanes on multi-lane roads and can steer the vehicle into the lane selected by the driver – when overtaking, for example. Once the driver has indicated a turn for at least two seconds, Active Lane-change Assist assists with steering into the adjacent lane if it detects that the lane is unoccupied. More details will be offered at the time of the U.S. launch in summer 2016.

• Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function: Compared with the standard version, this system has extended speed thresholds with respect to vehicles and pedestrians. Furthermore, it can detect crossing traffic at junctions and, if the driver fails to respond, apply the brakes autonomously. For the first time, it can also detect hazardous situations at the tail end of a traffic jam where there is no room to maneuver and initiate autonomous braking well in advance. Consequently, it is possible to completely avoid accidents at speeds up to 43 mph or substantially reduce the severity of accidents at speeds above this level.

• Evasive Steering Assist: This new system ideally complements the pedestrian detection function of Active Brake Assist. When the driver deliberately or instinctively performs an evasive maneuver in a dangerous situation, this function can assist by adding precisely calculated steering torque to support the movement of the steering wheel. This helps the driver to avoid, for instance, a pedestrian in a controlled manner while subsequently facilitating the straightening-up of the vehicle to allow the situation to be negotiated safely.

• Advanced assistance systems: The intelligent assistance systems in the new Driver Assistance Package Plus also include proven systems that have been further developed in terms of their mode of operation and the sensors they use. Active Lane Keeping Assist can help stop the driver from unintentionally changing lanes, this being done by corrective one-sided application of the brakes, including in the case of broken lines and risk of collision, e.g. with oncoming traffic or fast overtaking vehicles. Active Blind Spot Assist can now also warn of the risk of a lateral collision in typical urban traffic at low speeds. PRE-SAFE® PLUS can also protect against collisions with traffic following behind, reducing whiplash and other adverse effects on the occupants.

The range of new features in the new E-Class also includes:

• Remote Parking Pilot: For the first time, this system allows the vehicle to be moved into and out of garages and parking spaces remotely using a smartphone app, enabling the occupants to get into and out of the car easily, even if space is very tight. More details will be offered at the time of the U.S. launch in summer 2016.

• Car-to-X communication: The MY2017 E-Class will have the world's first fully integral Car-to-X solution going into series production. The mobile phone-supported exchange of information with other vehicles further ahead on the road, for example, can effectively allow the driver to "see around corners" or "through obstacles" well in advance. This means that the driver receives an earlier warning than previously in the event of imminent danger, such as a broken-down vehicle at the edge of the road or also in the event of heavy rain or black ice on the road ahead. In this case, the new E-Class simultaneously acts as a receiver and a transmitter, since warning messages are conveyed automatically by evaluating vehicle status or manually by the driver to the backend. More details will be offered at the time of the U.S. launch in summer 2016.

• 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 preventively moves the driver or front passenger away from the danger zone to the side. 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 while, at the same time, reducing the forces acting on the occupants.

Three-dimensional listening pleasure

Fitted as standard, the Mercedes-Benz Frontbass system in the new E-Class delivers a unique listening experience, utilizing space in the cross-member and side member of the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers. The E-Class is optionally available with two Burmester® sound systems, including the top-of-the-line Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system. If the vehicle is equipped with the optionally available Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system with 23 speakers, the occupants are treated to a listening experience reminiscent of the acoustics in a concert hall, as it includes a third dimension of sound courtesy of roof speakers.

Robust yet lightweight bodyshell

An outstandingly stiff body forms the basis for exceptional handling, astonishingly low noise and vibration levels and a high level of crash safety. To achieve this, the engineers opted for a bodyshell with a far higher proportion of aluminum and ultra- high-strength steel components than its predecessor. The front fenders, hood, trunk lid and large sections of the front and rear ends are made of sheet or cast aluminum. This lightweight design reduces fuel consumption while making for perceptibly sporty and agile vehicle handling.

Against the wind

Aerodynamic performance is one of the main reasons behind the outstanding efficiency of the new E-Class. To achieve this, the aerodynamics experts had to optimize numerous details and implement new ideas. The sophisticated aerodynamics also minimizes wind noise while making sure that the new E-Class is quieter than many luxury-class models.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be available at US dealers in the summer of 2016.

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