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.