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Spotlight

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 10:45

The 10th generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class made its debut in Mexico City in 2016 with the brand’s evolution in technology and design on full display.

The iconic model now has a completely renovated driving experience that combines elegant design with innovative technology. Only two versions are available in Mexico, the E 200 Avantgarde and the E 200 Exclusive. Two more models, the 250 Avantgarde and 400 Avantgarde, are expected later in the year. In terms of features, the Exclusive and Avantgarde are practically the same. The real difference is on the outside. While the Exclusive has a more commanding and elegant look, the Avantgarde has a sporty edge. Both versions include a 4-cylinder inline turbo engine and a nine-speed 9G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, capable of 184hp and 300Nm of torque.

Inside, the E-Class has two high-definition, 12.3-inch displays, joined beneath a glass surface. One is directly in front of the driver and the other sits atop the central console. Mercedes-Benz introduced touch controls to the E-Class’ steering wheel, and the infotainment system also includes a touchpad in the centeral console, capable of recognizing handwriting. An active emergency servo brake system alerts the driver in case of an imminent collision, supports all emergency braking situations and autonomously brakes if necessary. The model comes with energy-saving LED lighting technology, plus ambient lighting with 64 color options.

The new E-Class takes safety features to the next level, with the PRE-SAFE Impulse Side and PRE-SAFE Sound protection mechanisms. The PRE-SAFE Sound system emits a short signal when an imminent collision is detected, preparing the car’s occupants for the sound of the crash. When the collision takes place the PRE-SAFE Impulse Side inflates an air chamber on the driver's side and on the side of the front passenger closest to the impacted area, increasing the distance between the occupant and the actual shock. The system is part of the Driving Assistance package PLUS.

The E-Class features active assistance for lane changing and Remote Parking Pilot. This system controls the vehicle via a smartphone app so the driver can move it in and out of tight parking spaces remotely. Drive Pilot and Distronic maintain speed and distance behind other vehicles at up to 210km/h. These features prompted the US state of Nevada to award the E-Class the first license plate given to any car in production for autonomous driving.