The Stuttgart-based company calls the new “yeshka” a “bridge between tradition and digitalization.”
In particular, the design will combine classic proportions (for example, a short front overhang, a long hood and a cabin shifted back) and some elements borrowed from the electric models of the EQ family (for example, the characteristic grille design).
In terms of dimensions (4949 x 1880 x 1468 mm), the E-Class is slightly larger than its predecessor in all respects; the wheelbase has been lengthened by 22 mm.
The main innovation in the undercarriage is the all-wheel-drive chassis system, which will be available to customers as an option. The steering rear wheels turn at speeds up to 60 km/h in the direction opposite to the front ones, at higher speeds – in the same direction as the front ones. In the first case, this improves the maneuverability of the car, in the latter it increases its stability in corners.
All power plants on the new E-Class will be hybrid at the start of sales: the car will receive three engines operating according to the “mild” hybrid scheme (with an integrated 48-volt starter-generator developing 17 kW and 250 Nm), and the same number of engines, which are “plug-in” hybrids.
The base version will be the E 200 with a petrol 4-cylinder turbo engine M 254 and the aforementioned starter-generator (ISG). Engine power is 204 hp, maximum torque is 320 Nm. A step up in the mild hybrid range is the E 220 d diesel version and its E 220 d 4Matic all-wheel drive variant. Under the hoods of such sedans there will be a OM654M 4-cylinder diesel engine with a reconfigured turbine, developing 197 hp. and 440 Nm. The new E 200 and E 220 d are equipped with the 9G-Tronic automatic by default. More powerful 6-cylinder engines will appear in the range a little later.
The plug-in hybrid versions of the new E-Class will include the E 300 e, E 300 e 4Matic and E 400 e 4Matic. The power plants of such cars will include a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engine and a 95-kilowatt electric motor. At the “three hundredth” the gasoline engine develops 204 hp. and 320 Nm, on the “four hundredth” – 252 hp and 400 Nm. The total output of the system in the E 300 e version is 230 kW (312 hp) and 550 Nm, in the E 400 e version it is 280 kW (381) and 650 Nm. On all-electric traction, such hybrids can travel about 100 km.
Orders for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W214) will begin to be accepted in the summer, and in the autumn the cars will appear in the showrooms of the company’s European dealers. We, apparently, will have to rely only on parallel imports.