New E-Class saloonClass leader in the executive car sector, the new Mercedes E-Class is taking a big step into the future.
The exterior styling is more muscular and sporty, with new one-piece headlamps and a two-louvre grille with integrated Mercedes-Benz star at the front. These new lamps are available with Multibeam LED headlights, which use 84 individually-controlled LEDs to precisely control the beam pattern so the driver can use main beam to illuminate the road for longer.
When you get into the E-Class, the futuristic intent is readily apparent. On all but the entry-level model, the E-Class can be equipped with a pair of 12.3-inch displays positioned alongside each other, with the COMAND Online option. These merge to form a wide-screen cockpit, combining a virtual dial binnacle with a centre display, and the driver can choose between three different styles for their display.
In a first in any car, the E-Class's steering wheel control buttons are touch sensitive. This allows the driver to control the entire infotainment system with finger swipes without ever taking their hands off the wheel. Just like a smartphone, the buttons respond precisely to horizontal and vertical finger swipes.
The centre console touchpad is touch-sensitive, but also permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting. Having recognised the handwritten characters, the system reads them out to enable blind operation without the driver having to divert their attention from what is happening on the road.
In addition to the touch control buttons and the touchpad, the driver can use the COMAND controller and LINGUATRONIC voice control to control the infotainment system. They can choose at any time which input method they prefer.
The interior technology is complemented by high-grade materials, including open-pore woods and leather-covered doors. Ambient lighting, configurable to 64 different colours, and sculptured torso-form seats create a luxurious ambience.
Starting from £34,870 the new E-Class Saloon is available as either E220 or E350 diesel and E250 petrol, with high performance E63 and E63S AMG models. Find out more about the E-Class Saloon here.