The latest iteration of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, one of the most sought after labels in its segment, has been launched in India. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is priced at INR 56.15 lakh for E200, and INR 69.47 lakh for the E350d (both prices ex-showroom Mumbai).
Its already been two decades that the E-Class has been on sale in India, with 34000 units sold till date. The fifth-generation model, code-named the W213, adopts Mercedes’ modular MRA platform, as used by the latest C-Class and S-Class models.
As some of you already know, the new E-Class will only be available in India in the posh long-wheelbase limo trim, which means that it is a whopping 5,063mm long with a 3,079mm wheelbase. Both these dimensions are 140mm more than the standard car, while the new E is 205mm longer than outgoing model.
And all that extra metal allows for heaps of space for those tired corporate legs at the back; 134mm of legroom for the rear seats to be precise, and rear seats that recline by 37 degrees. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes to India with fresh styling, hi-tech headlamps with as many as 84 LEDs inside them, adaptive LED tail lamps, a panoramic sunroof and 17 inch 10 spoke alloy wheels.
Inside, the limo gets a luxurious, well-made, S-Class aping cabin trimmed in open pore black ash wood and leather, a steering wheel finished in nappa leather, interior ambient lighting in as many as 64 different colours, a high-end, 590W Burmester surround sound system with 9 speakers, along with a host of passive/active safety systems that include 7 airbags.
New technologies inside include a 12.3-inch screen for infotainment (largest in class), touch controls mounted on the steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, along with the latest instalment of Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND Online infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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. There will be only one diesel engine available on launch (E350d), which is the 3.0-litre V6 mill that powers the current E350d.