The redesigned 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury sedan, as well as its more practical version –the station wagon– will be officially presented tomorrow, 12 April, 2006 at the New York International Auto Show. The press photos that the German brand has disseminated earlier today, show us the same easily recognizable, even classic, design language with the iconic corporate grille and two pairs of front headlights. The exterior, as plush as always, too, makes a very strong impression.
Still, despite being touted as both ‘next generation’ and ‘pioneering’, the new E-Class, however, is rather a face-lifted version of the older model: if you are not a die-hard fan of the brand, you will have to take some time to tell the new E-Class from the 2003 model year vehicle.
What is really new here is the fact (or at least an official statement) that the German company did its best to get rid of the long streak of quality problems that substantially eroded its brand value and virtually decimated its loyal client base during the last couple of years.
Now Mercedes-Benz hopes that the new E-Class will be able to win back customers who defected to its arch-rivals that also suffer from poor build quality and plain bad design issues, but at least cost a bit less: the Jaguar XJ, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and the Cadillac CTS. However, regaining people’s trust after their public image was damaged to such an extent will be a matter of years to come.
The new Mercedes E-Class will be available in Europe in a couple of weeks and will reach the U.S. in June.
According to the German company, customers will be able to choose from 29 different trims — 16 sedans and 13 station wagons.
Mercedes-Benz promises that all of them will be the safest cars in their price range featuring safety technologies that come directly from the extremely expensive S-Class line-up.
E-Class and S-Class will share not only some safety equipment such as crash anticipatory PRE-SAFE system, NECK-PRO headrests, adaptive brake system and blinking brake lights.
As you can see on the press photo below, the vehicle’s interior is still quite ergonomic and comfortable. The flowing lines of the dashboard still make the luxury car feel cozy and, combined with their unrivalled suspension, allow for a very relaxing drive. If your daily commute includes many kilometers driven during rush hours with lots of tired and angry fellow motorists driving aggressively trying to get home sooner, the soothing feel of the car may become quite handy: at least, you will not suffer from so many seizures of road rage.
The newly developed 5.5-litre V8, which develops 388 horsepower with torque 391 lb ft, also comes from the S-Class.
The most powerful E500 sedan equipped with this engine features almost stunning acceleration, getting from zero to 62mph in just 5.3 seconds, 0.7 seconds faster than the previous E500.
It is expected that the base price for the new Mercedes E200 CDI model featuring 136bhp and 37.3mpg will be set as low as $44,160.