The revised Mercedes-Benz E-Class features petrol engines capable of 48.7mpg, along with diesel engines that return 60.1mpg, and a hybrid that manages 69mpg.
The E200 and E250 petrol saloons both achieve emissions of 135g/km CO2 and 48.7mpg (figures based on the 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission) – highly impressive for a petrol engine in this class of car.
In addition, the new BlueDIRECT four-cylinder petrol engines already meet the EU6 standard which will apply from 2015.
The engine range includes the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID. It combines the four-cylinder diesel engine with an electric motor, producing a system output of 231 hp and 750 Nm of torque. The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID returns 69.0 mpg and emits CO 2 emissions of 107 g/km.
The E220 CDI returns 60.1mpg together with emissions of 125 g/km CO2. The E200 CDI can manage 57.6mpg and the E 250 CDI returns 58.5 mpg (figures based on 7G-TRONIC PLUS).
Mercedes-Benz will offer two transmissions for the new E-Class: a 6-speed manual transmission, and the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission.
In the new-generation E-Class a range of new or optimised systems from the future S-Class have their world premiere, the basis for which are state-of-the-art sensors. Mercedes-Benz has made a major step forward with the introduction of the Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera.
Just like the Multi-Purpose Camera fitted previously, it is positioned behind the windscreen near the rear-view mirror. The new camera features two “eyes” set at an angle of 45 degrees that produce a three-dimensional view of the area up to around 50 metres in front of the vehicle. In this way, the stereo camera provides data for processing by various systems.
Intelligent algorithms perform an evaluation of this three-dimensional visual information in order to detect and carry out a classification, both spatially and in terms of their movement, of vehicles that are driving ahead, oncoming or crossing, as well as pedestrians and a variety of traffic signs within a large field of vision.
At the same time, along with the Stereo Multi Purpose Camera, Mercedes-Benz is also introducing enhanced versions of the multistage radar sensor system.
The E-Class also gets revised styling including new front end treatment, which in our view is a big improvement.