2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB Launching On February 28; Spied Inside Out

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The latest iteration of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, one of the most sought after labels in its segment, will be launched in India on February 28, 2017. But there’s a catch. It’ll only be available in India in the posh long-wheelbase limo trim.

Which is kind of cool, but it looks a bit odd. Here’s why – the new E-Class LWB (V213) is a whopping 5,063mm long with a 3,079mm wheelbase. Both these dimensions are 140mm (5.5 inches) more than the standard car.

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And all that extra metal makes it look a bit wonky from the sides, ruining the beautiful proportions of the standard car. The flip side is space; heaps of it for those tired corporate legs at the back; 134mm of legroom for the rear seats to be precise.

What’s more, owners will also get the option of a touchscreen tablet controller, like the ones in the latest BMW 7-Series, to handle infotainment, climate control and interior lighting functions right from the capacious rear seat.

But why LWB?

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Apart from the extra space at the back, Mercedes insists that the economics of scales worked in favour of getting just the LWB version to India. Also, it creates a new niche in the luxury sedan market. You see, the existing E-Class, which tops out at INR 65 lakh or thereabouts, leaves a huge gap in the range because the S-Class stars at upwards of INR 1 Crore.

That’s the gap set to be plugged in with the new E-Class LWB. Nobody buys the CLS-Class, and the E-Class Cabriolet is a low volume player. Also, the latter is in a different segment altogether. That space in the market is currently ruled by luxury SUVs.

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Mid-size luxury car buyers can now be tilted even more in favour of the new E-Class because of the extra legroom and gizmos it offers, apart from of course, the revered Mercedes values. This will also leave some room for the C-Class to breathe, as its already nudging INR 50 lakh.

This also means that the new E-Class will cost more than the outgoing model. A price hike of INR 5-10 lakh is expected across the E-Class range; resulting in new ex-showroom prices that should range from INR 55-70 lakh.

Also Read – Long wheelbase versions of the Audi A4, Jaguar XF and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class unveiled in China

What to expect?

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will come to India with fresh styling, new, hi-tech headlamps with as many as 84 LED elements inside them, a luxurious, well-made, S-Class aping cabin strewn with leather and wood, along with a host of passive/active safety systems.

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New technologies will be abound inside, with dual 12.3-inch screens for infotainment and instrumentation, along with the latest instalment of Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND Online infotainment system.

Also Read – The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate revealed; warm AMG E 43 variant gets our vote

Engines

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In India, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will offer both petrol and diesel engine options. Petrol power (E200) will come from the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine rated at 184hp that’s under the C-Class’s hood.

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There will be only one diesel engine available on launch (E350d), which is the 3.0-litre V6 mill that powers the current E350d. The base 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine will not be carried over to the V213.

Later this year, we can expect the all-new, warm AMG E43 on our shores. The new E-Class is based on the MRA platform that is shared with the current generation of the C-Class as well as the S-Class. Stay tuned for a detailed road test review soon!

Following is the video invite of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB:

Source: Autocar India/ Images: The Automotive India

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