Mercedes-Benz will attempt to achieve what you never thought would go together in a vehicle - a gasoline engine that has low fuel consumption like that of a diesel. And this will be demonstrated on the new two-door E-Class models that will be equipped with the M 264 engine. This four-cylinder engine has been turbocharged and promises to have an output of 299 horsepower (220 kilowatts) from 5,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-metres) from 3,000 rpm.
What makes it different from any other four-cylinder 2.0 liter mill is the fact that it has been tweaked, and a 48 V starter-alternator and an electric 48 V water pump have been added. The “EQ Boost” branded starter-alternator enables the boost function to be available at an engine speed range of 2,500 rpm, while increasing output by 14 horsepower (10 kilowatts) and 110 pound-feet (150 Newton metres). This is not the only performance upgrade it has, but Mercedes promises that start up and acceleration will be silky smooth as well.
To save fuel, the M 264 unit can be switched off when the car does not need to use its power, like when coasting or decelerating. This helps the vehicle save fuel when the driver is not stepping on the gas pedal. There is a difference between the coupe and the cabriolet. The four-cylinder unit in the former consumes 6.7 liters / 100 kilometers in the combined cycle, where it emits 149 g/km of CO2 emissions. The latter, on the other hand, uses up 6.8 liters while emitting 154 g/km.
Though both models differ in fuel consumption, they both come with a nine-speed automatic transmission as well as an electronic speed limiter that takes effect at 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour). Naturally, the coupe accelerates much faster than the droptop. It only needs 5.9 seconds to hit 62 miles per hour (100 kph), while the heavier model needs an extra 0.2 second.
If you are interested in the E350 models and you’re in Germany, you’re in luck as they are already available in your area for 59,738 euros for the two-door coupe and 65,212 euros for the heavier cabriolet.
Aside from the mechanical upgrades, customers can now get the E-Class in new shades like the rubellite red and diamond silver hues, together with new aluminum trim elements. A Night Package can be added as an option for the cabriolet. This package features details like black styling elements. Similar to the flagship S-Class, there is also the Energizing comfort control that has climate control, ambient lighting, and massage and fragrance functions for a more relaxing time in the cabin.