First look: 2014 Mercedes E-Class Sedan and Wagon
Mercedes-Benz has just released details on the all-new 2014 E-Class Sedan and Wagon that have been extensively updated. The new E-Class models will feature a new engine, new styling and an array of new driver assistance systems. Mercedes has modernized the new E-Class to help extend its position in the luxury class even further. The German automaker continues to take the lead in building efficient, technologically advanced and emotionally appealing automobiles.
Two different front-end designs
The front end has been completely revised on the new 2014 E-Class with new headlamps that incorporate all light functions within a single lens, and the "four-eyed" appearance is a distinctive E-Class signature. For the first time, the new E-Class will be available with two different front-end designs. The Luxury version comes with the classic sedan grille with 3-louver look and star on the hood. The Sport version features the sports grille with integrated star, forming a “visual link to the brand’s high performance sports car models.”
The hood and front bumper have also been completely redesigned with an aerofoil shape along its lower edge for a more sporting character. Sport models receive an even more updates, using the AMG styling package that features larger air intakes and a distinct aluminum trim line along the entire lower rim of the front bumper.
"Intelligent drive" with new assistance systems
The new 2014 E-Class will receive eleven new or optimized assistance systems that make their world premiere in both the sedan and wagon models. They combine a host of comfort and safety features, referred to by Mercedes as "intelligent drive." The new safety systems include technologies that can help prevent accidents with pedestrians or vehicles crossing in front, Active Lane Keeping Assist for avoiding collisions with oncoming traffic and anti-glare continuous high-beam headlamps.
Introduction of the Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera
Mercedes-Benz has taken a major step forward with the introduction of the Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera in the new E-Class models. It's located on the windshield near the rearview mirror and features two "eyes.” The camera produces a three dimensional view in front of the vehicle to detect vehicles driving in front, oncoming or crossing and evaluate this information to determine their speed and position. They can also identify pedestrians within a large field of vision. Along with the Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera, Mercedes-Benz is also introducing enhanced versions of the Multi-Mode Radar sensor system with Collision Prevention Assist and Attention Assist to provide additional safety for the driver.
New diesel engine for 2014
The 2014 E-Class also takes a major step forward in terms of efficiency, thanks to the new four-cylinder diesel engine. The new E250 BlueTEC generates 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, and will replace the V6-powered E350 BlueTEC engine that only was available with rear-wheel drive. The new diesel is compliant with emissions legislations in all fifty states and will be featured with all-wheel-drive.
The MY14 E-Class range will also come in a Hybrid variant. The Mercedes-Benz 3.5- liter V6 (302hp, 273 lb-ft) is paired with an electric motor (27hp, 184 lb-ft) that produces an estimated gas mileage of 24/30 mpg (city/highway). All engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with Direct Select lever and shift paddles. A new feature is the short-term M mode. If the driver shifts up or down manually, the transmission independently switches back to the fuel-efficient automatic shift mode after a pre-determined period of time elapses.
All of this comes together to ensure that the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class continues to consolidate its leading position in the luxury segment. The 2014 E-Class Sedan and Wagon will be in U.S. showrooms in spring 2013.