2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview
According to Mercedes-Benz, the redesigned 2017 E-Class “enhances efficiency, safety, and comfort, reduces the stress level while driving, and intensifies driving pleasure.” At the same time, the automaker claims: “the new E-Class takes another major step towards fully autonomous driving.”
Longer in terms of wheelbase and overall length, the new 2017 E-Class adopts design cues from the smaller C-Class and larger S-Class models. The automaker highlights the long hood, abbreviated roofline, broad rear flanks, short overhangs, and large wheels as signature Mercedes-Benz sedan styling cues.
Luxury and Sport styling treatments will be available for the new E-Class, the former equipping the car with a classic chrome grille design and a traditional Mercedes hood ornament while the latter employs a sport grille design with the 3-pointed star embedded into the center of it.
An E-Class driver faces a broad, dual-screen, digital instrumentation panel. The section in front of the driver is equipped with a traditional gauge display and the one dominating the center of the dashboard features a 12.3-in. infotainment system display.
Touch-sensing buttons are located on the steering wheel and respond to vertical and horizontal swiping motions, similar to a smartphone display screen. Using them, the driver can control infotainment system features with the goal of minimizing driver distraction.
A center touchpad controller also operates the infotainment system and includes handwriting-recognition technology. Voice control is accessible with the touch of a button. Fans of traditional switchgear will be happy to operate the climate controls and driver-assistance systems.
Under The Hood
Mercedes is also releasing the E 300 model. It will have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, delivered to the rear wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission. Expect 4MATIC® all-wheel drive to be an option with this engine.
Mercedes takes safety seriously, and equips the 2017 E-Class with a standard drowsy driver monitoring system with adjustable sensitivity, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, active brake assist with cross-traffic response, and automatic emergency braking. So effective are these technologies that Mercedes claims the new E-Class can completely avoid accidents at speeds up to 43 mph.
Pre-Safe Sound technology is also standard, designed to trigger a protective human reflex in the inner ear by emitting a short interference signal through the sound system speakers when the risk of a collision is detected. This aural signal, in turn, prepares the car’s occupants to hear the sound of a collision. A Driver Assistance Package Plus is available for 2017 and includes new Drive Pilot technology. Drive Pilot directs the adaptive cruise control to maintain a specific distance from the vehicle ahead and follow traffic at speeds up to 130 mph. Steering Pilot is also new this year, working at speeds up to 81 mph. It’s programmed to steer around curves, and can actively intervene in situations where lane markings are non-existent based on the monitoring of surrounding vehicles and parallel structures.
Active Lane Change Assist also uses the Steering Pilot technology. When the driver indicates a lane change for at least two seconds, and if the adjacent lane is unoccupied, the Steering Pilot system will steer the E-Class move to overtake slower traffic. Active lane-keeping and blind-spot assist systems are also available, identifies collision to the E-Class. This, in combination with new Pre-Safe Impulse Side technology, inflates the outer bolster of the seat to move the occupants towards the middle of the vehicle, away from the impact area, helps to reduce injuries and deaths. New Evasive Steering Assist is also available, designed to give a driver an extra measure of control in sudden emergency driving situations.