The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan arrives in South Africa this month to boast a set of new standards with an even more dynamic design, sporty aura, and increased levels of interior comfort.
The new E-Class is a repetition of the best-selling model series that has upped the bar in Mercedes-Benz history, as many have considered it “the heart of the brand” that has delivered more than 14 million units since 1946.
The E-Class Sedan is produced at the sophisticated Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant, and it comes from the same production line as Mercedes-Benz CLS and Mercedes-AMG GT four-door coupe.
This will give South African motorists a choice of two models at launch time, either derivative of the E200 or the E220d.
Johannes Fritz, Co-CEO and CEO of Mercedes-Benz South Africa, said that E-Class customers are among the most loyal fans of the Mercedes car, adding that eight out of ten E-Class Sedan customers remain loyal when purchasing their next car.
“The 10th generation E-Class set the design trends in 2016 with its clean, emotionally attractive design and exclusive high-quality interior. It proved to be very successful thanks to its wealth of innovation in areas such as driving assistance systems, attracting more than 1.2 million customers around the world buying the current generation E-Class sedan. “Our latest comprehensive facelift builds on that platform to offer the most advanced E-Class sedans to date,” said Fritz.
The new E-Class front fascia facelift with additional chrome content, two chrome vents, and high-gloss black vertical struts provide a sporty and elegant look that means business.
The rear of the sedan has been updated with a new bumper, split taillights, and a new boot lid.
The interior is more comfortable with a new steering wheel for touch control, large standard displays [2 x 10.25 inches], and Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) from the latest generation of multimedia systems.
MBUX includes the now-familiar “Hey Mercedes” voice control and augmented reality that displays additional information, such as house numbers, in the surrounding video image.
The new E-Class features Urban Guard, which provides comprehensive parking monitoring including collision damage warning, towing, and theft protection.
The next generation of driving assistance systems
The new E-Class has the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems.
Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, with speed adjustment based on the lane, recognizes and responds to rear traffic and slow traffic even before the driver even realizes it.
A traffic jam is detected (and if the driver does not choose a different response), DISTRONIC reduces the speed to about 100 km / h as a precaution.
Other innovations include
Active Tailback Assist, which can greatly assist the driver in maintaining a lane and maintaining a safe distance at speeds of around 60 km / h, with a high degree of availability.
Active Blind Spot Assist, which reduces the risk of collision with other road users, such as pedestrians. It also monitors the blind spot when stopping, and can warn the driver of approaching vehicles, motorcycles, or bicycles when the door is opened.
Parking package with a 360-degree camera: Side view gives the Parking package a new function that monitors the entire side of the vehicle.
The extended side view facilitates maneuvering alongside nearby parallel obstacles such as bulkheads and garage walls.
The seat mobility ENERGIZING is another new feature in the E-Class. Supports beneficial seating posture changes through subtle movements of the seat cushion and backrest while traveling.
ENERGIZING Comfort Control Networks Various in-car comfort systems, and utilize musical mood, lighting, and several massage modes for a wide range of contentment programs.
The goal is for passengers to feel comfortable and relaxed even during tough or monotonous journeys.
The new Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC + continues the luxury business
The latest Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC + features an all-around facial refinement but continues the proud tradition of presenting the coolest super-beautiful sedan on South African roads.
The E 63 S 4MATIC + has a sportier look than ever before, with an impressive body design.
To create a significantly more dynamic look, it has AMG’s large radiator grille, flat multi-beam LED headlights, distinct wheel arches that widen to fit larger tyres, and a round bonnet with a powerful dome.
Major changes have also been made to the interior with a wide-screen cockpit, a new AMG high-performance steering wheel, and an MBUX infotainment system.
At the heart of the new Mercedes-AMG E, 63 S 4MATIC + are a 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger to provide 450 kW and a maximum torque of 850 Nm enough to complete a 0-100 km / h race Fast in 3.4 seconds, using a total fuel consumption of 11.9-11.6 l / 100 km.
“With an efficient V8 engine and fully variable four-wheel-drive system, the Mercedes- AMG E 63 S 4MATIC + not only delivers outstanding performance and vehicle dynamics at the highest level but also significantly delivers comfort while retaining the hallmark of AMG.
Besides a comprehensive design update, we are providing our customers with an even more attractive package, “said Selvin Govender, Mercedes-Benz Marketing and Sales Manager.
Stylish interior design with a sporty touch and high comfort
The interior design combines great ambiance with premium quality materials and exceptional performance AMG.
AMG seats are upholstered in Nappa leather, and individually adjustable ambient lighting is standard.
Another feature is the MBUX infotainment system with a touch screen and touchpad with intelligent voice control, screens, and settings specific to AMG. The two dashboard and multimedia display visually blend under a common glass cover to form a widescreen cockpit.
Voice-activated “Hey Mercedes” gets additional functions, recognizes and understands almost all sentences from the areas of infotainment and vehicle operation, even if expressed indirectly.
The new AMG high-performance steering wheel creates a closer human-machine link, and includes a sensor mat to detect “hands-on training. If the driver does not put his hands on the steering wheel for a certain time, there is a warning chain” that has started, which finally activates the emergency brake assist system If the driver continues to be inactive.
The center console includes AMG a special control unit with auxiliary switches used to regulate drive programs, media volume, 3-stage ESP®, manual transmission mode, adaptive damping system, optional AMG performance exhaust system, and ECO start function on / off and reversing camera.
The AMG polished stainless-steel sports pedals with rubber studs and black door sill panels and floor mats with AMG lettering accentuate the sporty look.
Power is where it matters
To ensure optimum output and response from the 4.0-liter AMG V8 engine, the two exhaust-gas turbochargers feature dual-scroll technology to reduce exhaust gas back pressure and improve the gas cycle.
The AMG speed shift MCT nine-speed transmission has been specially tuned to the requirements of performance models, allowing extremely short shift times and multiple gearshifts to a lower gear, while the dual-clutch function provides an emotional shift experience.
The task of effectively stopping a Mercedes- AMG E 63 S 4MATIC + car is effectively taken care of by the AMG high-performance brake system, which is reliable, fast, and fade-resistant, even at high loads.
It features internal ventilated perforated brake discs with 360 x 36mm compound calipers with fixed six-piston calipers at the front, and 402 x 29mm discs with single-piston floating brake calipers at the rear.
AMG is also available as an option, with 402 x 39mm discs at the front and 360 x 32mm discs at the rear.
AMG RIDE CONTROL + suspension ensures the outstanding comfort of the Mercedes E-Class, combined with the high levels of precision and driving dynamics of the AMG brand.
Thanks to a special spring, damper setting, and adaptive damping system S, the new three-chamber air suspension combines typical driving dynamics with excellent tire-vibration characteristics on the road.
The stiffness of the air springs can be adjusted over a wide range by energizing or deactivating the individual air chambers, which significantly increases comfort and handling.
The adaptive damping system can be adjusted in three stages – Comfort, Sport, and Sport + – to choose between comfortable ride comfort on long journeys and extreme sports.
The Mercedes – AMG E 63 S 4MATIC + is equipped with an AMG Performance 4MATIC + 4WD engine as standard.
The new Mercedes – AMG E 63 S 4MATIC + is equipped with an AMG Performance 4MATIC + all-wheel-drive system as standard.
This intelligent system combines the advantages of different driving concepts: torque distribution to the front and rear axles, which changes completely for the first time, ensures optimum traction on any surface.
The car can thus be driven in an ever-changing way, from traction-oriented all-wheel drive to purely rear-wheel drive.
When Drift Mode is activated, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC + becomes a purely rear-wheel-drive vehicle. Drift mode remains on until the driver deactivates it again.
And now, for a personal experience
With up to six DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs – Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, Individual and RACE (standard on the S edition), the characteristics range from efficient and comfortable to extremely sporty.
Modes adjust key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension, and steering.
Aside from the driving programmes DYNAMIC SELECT, the driver has the option to shift directly to manual mode, whereby gear shifts are performed exclusively with the paddle shifters located on the steering wheel.
The E-Class Sedan at a glance:
|E 200||E 220d||Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+|
|Transmission||9G TRONIC automatic||9G TRONIC automatic||AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G|
|Engine||4/in-line||4/in-line||4.0-litre V8 with direct injection and twin turbochargers|
|Peak torque||Nm||320||400||850 Nm|
|Drive||AMG Performance 4MATIC+
all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution
|CO2 emissions1, combined||g/km||158-149||130-123||267|
|Retail Price||R920 000||R984 000||R2 423 000|
The stated figures are the “measured NEDC CO2 values” acc. to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures. A higher value may be applied as a basis for calculating vehicle tax.