New Mercedes E-Class Becomes A Eco Car
Mercedes E-class gets new 9-spd gearbox to lower emissions by 17g/km
Mercedes-Benz has announced a raft of revisions to its executive E-class range – the most prominent of which is the introduction of a new 9G-Tronic automated gearbox that helps to improve power by 6bhp and reduce emissions by up to 17g/km of CO2. The new gearbox is available right across the E-class range and has been paired to the E350 BlueTEC engine which now produces 258bhp.
In addition, the E220 BlueTEC engine has also seen its power increase from 170bhp to 177bhp, whilst emissions have been reduced by 16g/km, with the E220 BlueTEC SE saloon now holding the crown as the cleanest model in the range with just 116g/km of CO2 being emitted.
Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which provides audio-visual warnings when a head-on collision is imminent, adaptive brake boosting and automatic braking to reduce the severity of any unavoidable impact if it is unable to stop the vehicle completely, is now fitted as standard across the E-class range. The system is also able to respond to stationary vehicles by braking at speeds of up to 30mph and prevent rear-end collisions at speeds of up to 24mph.
A new series of option packages offer significant savings over purchasing the options on an individual basis. The £2,695 Premium Package, for example, allows the E-class saloon to be fitted with a Panoramic Glass Sunroof, memory package, split-folding rear seats and a reversing camera. For £3,895, you could alternatively go for the new Premium Plus Package which adds keyless-Go Comfort Pack and a Harman Kardon sound system. Exactly the same packages on the E-class Estate are £2,395 and £3,495 – the price reductions due to the fact that split-folding rear seats and a powered tailgate are already fitted as standard.
ANDREW MERRITT-MORLING FCMI
Associate Member of the Guild of Motoring Writers