The New Mercedes-Benz E-Class
20th January, 2009
With the new E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is presenting the pacemaker when it comes to safety, comfort and
environmental compatibility in this market segment. With more than 20 new or further technical
developments, this all new saloon further consolidates the leading position of Mercedes-Benz in the
luxury class. They include trailblazing innovations for safe driving that are available from no other
manufacturer worldwide in this combination. Examples include the standard Attention Assist, Adaptive
Main Beam Assist and automatic emergency braking, which is activated when there is acute danger of a
Mercedes-Benz has improved the already exemplary long-distance comfort of the E-Class even further
in the new saloon, including intelligent body shell technology with up to 30 per cent greater rigidity,
further improved seats and a newly developed suspension whose shock absorbers automatically adjust to
the current driving situation. The optional air suspension now works together with an electronic
The outstanding safety and comfort of the E-Class are matched by its environmental compatibility and
economy: the four- and six-cylinder engines are direct-injection units, and consume up to 23 per cent
less fuel than before. The combined NEDC consumption of the new four-cylinder diesel engines is just
5.3 litres per 100 kilometres, which corresponds to 139 grammes of CO2 per kilometre. All the engines
for the new E-Cass meet the EU5 emission standard, and in the case of the E 350 BlueTEC the emissions
are already below the EU6 limits planned for 2014.
Apart from the engines, the BlueEFFICIENCY package for the E-Class is in large part responsible for
a considerable fuel saving. Engineers from every development department have worked together to
optimise assemblies and components, to save fuel by means of reduced weight, a new form, improved
functioning or efficient energy management.
The work done in the wind tunnel was particularly successful, for with a drag coefficient of only
0.25, the new E-Class is the world’s most aerodynamically efficient luxury saloon. It betters the
already good Cd figure of the preceding model by another four per cent, which represents a fuel saving
of around 0.25 litres per 100 kilometres when driving at a German motorway speed of 130 km/h.
The aerodynamics are, for example, improved by variable fan louvres, which control the airflow to
the engine compartment in line with requirements.
Other BlueEFFICIENCY measures include newly developed tyres with up to 17 per cent lower rolling
resistance, energy-saving control of the generator, fuel pump, air conditioning compressor and power
steering, and the ECO start/stop function which switches the engine of the new E 200 CGI off when
idling in traffic.
Displays in the speedometer inform the driver how much fuel is being consumed (per 100 kilometres),
and when they should shift to the next higher gear in the interests of an economical and
environmentally conscious style of driving.
The range of engines available for the new E-Class comprises four, six and eight-cylinder units
with outputs from 100 kW to 386 kW.
The four-cylinder engines are newly developed direct-injection units, which develop a higher output
and torque than the comparable V6-engines of the preceding series despite a smaller displacement. The
strategy is to replace large, naturally aspirated engines with turbocharged units which excel with
advantages such as lower weight, reduced internal friction and more economical operating
Engines: new turbo-diesel CDI-four-cylinder units with a fuel consumption of just 5.3 litres and
139 grammes of CO2 per kilometre
With three completely newly developed four-cylinder engines, the E-Class also remains one generation
ahead where diesel technology is concerned.
These impressive engines feature latest-generation common-rail direct injection, fast and precise
piezo-electric injectors, improved exhaust gas recirculation and an innovative twin turbocharger,
making for fast responsiveness and strong performance characteristics.
To express this in figures, the E 250 CDI with 150 kW of power and 500 Newton metres of torque
develops a 25 per cent higher torque than the previous V6 diesel engine, but uses around 23 per cent
less fuel at only 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres (combined NEDC consumption). This corresponds to 139
grammes of CO2 per kilometre.
The new four-cylinder diesel engine also powers the E 220 CDI with 125 kW and the E 200 CDI with
100 kW, also with a fuel consumption of only 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres.
The top model in the new E-Class diesel range is the six-cylinder E 350 CDI with an output of 170
kW, which uses 0.5 litres per 100 kilometres less fuel than the previous E 320 CDI. From (European)
autumn 2009 the V6 diesel will also be available as a BlueTEC model with the world’s best emission
The E 350 BlueTEC develops 155 kW and meets the EU6 exhaust emission standards planned for 2014.
All the other engine variants in the new E-Class meet the EU5 limits.
Petrol engines: 20 per cent fuel saving thanks to direct injection
The E 200 CGI and E 250 CGI are equipped with the newly developed four-cylinder direct-injection
engine with a displacement of 1.8 litres, turbocharging and variable intake and exhaust camshafts.
The E 200 CGI (135 kW) is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and the ECO start/stop
function as standard, and consumes only 6.8 litres of premium petrol per 100 kilometres (combined NEDC
consumption, provisional figure). This equates to 159 grammes of CO2 per kilometre.
In the E 250 CGI (150 kW), which has a five-speed automatic transmission as standard, maximum torque
is now 310 Newton metres, which represents an increase of more than 26 per cent over the previous V6
At the same time the NEDC fuel consumption is reduced by over 20 per cent to 7.4 litres per 100
kilometres, equating to 175 grammes of CO2 per kilometre (provisional figures).
As before, the E 350 CGI with direct petrol injection (215 kW) and the top-of-the-line E 500 (285 kW)
are included in the range of engine variants in the new E-Class.
Detailed improvements have reduced the fuel consumption of these V6/V8 models by up to 0.6 litres per
As a product from Mercedes-AMG, the new high-performance E 63 AMG develops 386 kW.
The V6 and V8-models are equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission and steering wheel-mounted
selector lever as standard.
On request the V6 models E 350 CDI and E 350, as well as the eight-cylinder E 500, are available with
latest-generation Mercedes all-wheel drive. This system distinguishes itself from previous all-wheel
drive technology with greater efficiency, lower weight and more compact construction. These advantages
produce noticeably better traction and fuel savings.
Safety: "Intelligent” partner thanks to unique combination of assistance and protection systems
For more than 50 years, the saloons in the E-Class and their predecessors have been acknowledged as
trendsetters in the safety field.
The new saloon continues this tradition with an unrivalled combination of the very latest assistance and
protection system whose concept and development are based on what actually happens during accidents.
These technologies make the E-Class an "intelligent partner” who can see, feel, react reflexively in
critical situations and, if necessary, act independently to prevent accidents or mitigate their
With this concept the new Mercedes model not only protects its own occupants, but also contributes
decisively to the greater safety of other road users.
The new E-Class is the first automobile in the world whose headlamps adapt to the traffic situation and
respond automatically to avoid dazzling other drivers.
The optional Adaptive Main Beam Assist uses a camera on the windscreen to recognise oncoming traffic and
vehicles moving ahead, and controls the headlamps so that their beams do not reach the other vehicle. This
achieves the best possible road illumination in a given situation. The range of the dipped headlamp beams
can be extended from 65 to up to 300 metres. If the road ahead is clear, the system performs a gentle
transition to high beam.
Mercedes-Benz offers this new system as a light & sight package that includes bi-xenon headlamps, the
Intelligent Light System and LED daytime driving lights.
The Lane Safety package for the new E-Class includes Blind Spot Assist familiar from the S-Class, and
as a new development, Lane Keeping Assist which seeks to prevent the vehicle from leaving the road
unintentionally. When the system recognises that the car is drifting from its lane, the driver is prompted
to take countersteering action by brief but unmistakable vibrations of the steering wheel.
The images from the windscreen camera are also used by the new, optionally available Speed Limit Assist,
which recognises speed limit signs as the car passes them, then displays the relevant speed limit in the
Night View Assist from the S-Class is now also available as an optional extra for the new E-Class.
Mercedes-Benz has improved this system with a special pedestrian detection function: as soon as Night View
Assist Plus recognises pedestrians ahead of the car, they are highlighted in the onboard display to provide
a greatly enhanced warning effect.
Detection of drowsiness based on 70 parameters as standard
Thanks to an innovative technology, the new E-Class has developed a highly sensitive means of monitoring
its driver’s attention level, and warns them of drowsiness in good time.
This new ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system, which is standard equipment, is equipped with highly
sensitive sensors that continuously monitor more than 70 different parameters. Observing the driver’s steering
behaviour has proved to be a particularly strong indicator: several years of practical research by Mercedes
engineers have shown that drowsy drivers make minor steering errors that can often be rapidly corrected in
characteristic ways. These corrections are recognised by a highly sensitive steering angle sensor.
Automatic emergency braking when a collision is imminent
The well-proven, radar based assistance systems from the S-Class are now also optionally available to E-Class
customers. A further development of the long-range radar sensor now has a range of 200 metres (previously 150
metres), and is able to monitor the mid-distance so that dynamic events such as a vehicle ahead suddenly pulling
out to overtake can be detected even more effectively. The two wide-angle short-range radar sensors, which have
a range of around 30 metres, continue to be included in the system.
The radar-supported systems are able to assist the driver with emergency braking. Their sensors are linked to
the Brake Assist PLUS system, which automatically calculates the braking pressure to prevent a collision in
critical situations. The driver is given an acoustic and visual warning at the same time. When the brake pedal
is depressed, the system immediately activates the calculated level of braking assistance.
If the driver fails to respond to the warnings, the radar system first initiates partial braking action. As a
second stage, if there is still no driver response and a collision is unavoidable, emergency braking is initiated.
This can considerably lessen the severity of an accident (that is, the system acts as something like an
"electronic crumple zone").
Active bonnet, seven airbags and PRE-SAFE® as standard
During the course of its development, the new E-Class was subjected to more than 150 high-speed crash tests
and a total of more than 17,000 realistic crash simulations.
The crumple zone principle invented by the Mercedes-Benz safety pioneer Béla Barényi has been continuously
improved by the engineers in Sindelfingen, Germany.
The front-end deformation zone of the E-Class acts on four independent levels, and is even more effective
than before. The increased use of highest-strength steel alloys also helps to ensure that the body shell is able
to withstand high impact forces.
Around 72 per cent of all the body panels are made from these high-tech steels – yet another unrivalled
figure in passenger car development.
With seven airbags as standard, belt tensioners, belt force limiters, crash-responsive head restraints and
ISOFIX child seat attachments, the new E-Class has even more extensive safety features than the preceding model.
Another new feature is the active bonnet, which is a continuation of many years of commitment to pedestrian
protection on the part of Mercedes-Benz. It is standard equipment in the new E-Class. In the event of an impact, a
system of springs raises the rear section of the bonnet by 50 millimetres within fractions of a second, thereby
increasing the available deformation space. Thanks to the cleverly conceived mechanism, the driver is able to reset
the active bonnet to its normal position, without visiting a workshop.
Another standard feature is the preventive occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®. In potentially hazardous
situations this reflexively activates precautionary protective measures for the vehicle occupants, so that the seat
belts and airbags are able to fulfil their maximum protective function during an accident impact.
Comfort: Further advancements with adaptive shock absorbers and improved air suspension
As in the safety field, the E-Class has been setting the standards for long-distance comfort in this vehicle
class for several decades. Bettering the already high level of the preceding series, Mercedes engineers have
achieved further advances with the new saloon – especially where ride, seating and climatic comfort are concerned.
Standard equipment includes a further improved suspension with adaptive shock absorbers. These automatically adapt
to the current driving situation by reducing the damping forces when driving normally, thereby noticeably improving
ride comfort. When taking bends at speed or during rapid evasive action, the system switches to the maximum damping
effect so that the saloon is stabilised to best effect.
A version with dynamic damping characteristics and a lowered suspension is available as an optional alternative
to the standard suspension (standard for the AVANTGARDE line).
The air suspension system optionally available for the V6 models (standard in the V8-powered E 500/E 500 4MATIC)
has for the first time been combined with an electronically controlled damping system, which processes various sensor
signals and controls each wheel independently. In this way Mercedes specialists have achieved significantly better
ride comfort while improving handling safety and agility at the same time. The driver is able to select either
comfort or sport mode at the touch of a button.
Well-proven seat technology with a new design
Where seat development is concerned, Mercedes-Benz had added a new quality to a well established Mercedes concept,
namely padded seat piping – a sophisticated and demanding upholstery technique that is only used by Mercedes-Benz.
This involves the insertion of an additional foam filling under the fabric or leather cover, and gives an
immediate feeling of comfort and wellbeing when sitting in the car.
There are different versions of this padded seat piping: in the basic model and AVANTGARDE line the upholstery is
transversely contoured, while the ELEGANCE line has longitudinal piping and is reminiscent of the well-known and
highly effective Mercedes seat design from the 1960s and 70s.
Active multicontour seats with massage function from the S-Class
The active multicontour seat package (optional) includes newly developed multicontour seats with comfort head
restraints and a two-stage massage function in the backrest that has proven highly successful in the S-Class.
Depending on the steering angle, lateral acceleration and vehicle speed, fast-acting piezo-electric valves on the
air chambers in the backrests vary their pressure and volume to give the driver and front passenger even better
On request the E-Class is also available with a rear seat unit consisting of two comfortable, single seats. This
rear-seat comfort package includes seat heating, leather upholstery, a centre console, comfort head restraints,
roller blinds in the rear doors, an electrically operated roller blind for the rear window, comfort sun visors and
a through-loading facility to the boot.
Individual climatisation modes at the touch of a button
Mercedes-Benz has developed a climate control system for the E-Class which not only allows individual temperatures
to be set in three zones – for the driver, front passenger and rear passengers – but also offers different
If this optional THERMOTRONIC system is specified, the occupants of the new E-Class are able to select "Diffuse",
"Medium” or "Focus” at the touch of a button, and adapt the air volume and distribution to their personal preferences
without sacrificing the convenience of automatic mode.
In standard trim the new E-Class is equipped with the two-zone THERMATIC automatic climate control system.
Design: Distinctive lines flow as an expression of effortless grace and status
In 1995 the E-Class was the first Mercedes model to appear with the highly acclaimed twin-headlamp face – a highly
symbolic design feature that still characterises the identity of the E-Class.
This design idiom has remained fluent even for this characteristic styling feature, and has been adapted to suit
the self-assured, 'masculine' overall appearance of the saloon.
The designers have now reinterpreted these four "eyes” as rectangles, with a direct reference to the interesting
geometrical shapes found in cubism. They have the effect of precious gems that have been precisely set into the
In the same way, the radiator grille with its three-dimensional chromed surround, dynamic arrow-shape and more
upright position underlines the status of the car as the epitome of a business saloon.
A sophisticated interplay between lines and surfaces is one of the hallmarks of today’s Mercedes design. Large
concave or convex surface areas are structured by taut, clearly defined lines. This design concept has been perfected
down to the last detail in the new E-Class. The flank contours become connecting features that influence the entire
body design, i.e. not just the side aspects but also the front and rear-end styling.
At the rear this harmonious flow culminates in a new feature, namely a graceful line that follows the rear wheel
arches and lends a clear shape to the imposing, 'muscular' contours of the rear guards.
Here Mercedes aficionados will recognise styling features reminiscent of the famous "Ponton Mercedes" introduced
in 1953, which already emphasised its sovereign character with these striking contours at the time - a symbolic
feature, and at the same time a hallmark of the E-Class that well illustrates how tradition is made to harmonise
with the future in this model series.
With typical Mercedes attention to detail, the designers have also given great attention to the interior of the
new E-Class, ensuring that every feature appeals in both emotional and functional terms with its form, colour or
material. The result is a harmonious whole – an atmosphere in which the car’s occupants immediately feel safe and
protected, and long journeys can be taken without any feeling of effort or stress. In short: Typically E-Class,
Model range: High level of standard appointments and individual variants
Individuality and variety have always been two of the outstanding attributes of the E-Class. The new saloon not
only provides Mercedes customers with a choice of ten engines and three suspension variants, but also two design
and equipment lines, 12 wheel/tyre combinations in 16, 17, 18 or 19-inch size, twelve exterior paint finishes and
six different seat upholstery materials in up to five colour combinations to suit their individual preferences.
The choice of interior trim has been doubled versus the preceding series, with the range now including high-gloss
exotic wood, open-pored wood and aluminium trim.
Standard specifications already include 16-inch light-alloy wheels in a nine-spoke design, eucalyptus or embossed
aluminium trim (optional) and a four-spoke multifunction steering wheel lined in fine nappa leather with chrome
Also included in the standard equipment is the Audio 20 CD infotainment system with a twin receiver, CD-player,
eight loudspeakers and a Bluetooth interface for a mobile phone. The colour display in the centre of the dashboard
can be operated by the driver or front passenger, using the Controller on the centre console.
The individualisation programme for the E-Class is based on two design and equipment lines.
The ELEGANCE line lives up to its name with a decidedly elegant, classic appearance. This is in part due to
additional features such as a chrome-plated radiator grille with four silver-painted louvres, 16-inch light-alloy
wheels in a ten twin-spoke design, burr walnut trim and stylish ambient lighting with fibre optics that frame the
dashboard and door panels.
In contrast, the AVANTGARDE line shows the E-Class in a decidedly modern and innovative light. This is ensured by
additional standard features such as bi-xenon headlamps with the Intelligent Light System and LED daytime driving
lights, LED technology for all the rear lights, 17-inch light-alloy wheels in a five twin-spoke design, a special,
lowered suspension setup, ambient lighting and the instrument cluster in a sporty tubular design. This model variant
is also distinguishable by its different bumper design and a chrome-plated radiator grille with three glossy, black
Equipment packages: extras for the discerning customer
In addition to the design and equipment lines, the AMG sports package and the Exclusive package offer more scope
for equipping the new E-Class to personal taste. These packages contain high-quality features that are mostly not
available in isolation.
In the AMG sports package they include bumpers and side skirts in an AMG design, sports seats with enhanced
lateral support, contrasting decorative seams in the seats and armrests, a three-spoke sports steering wheel with
shift paddles, a black roof lining, a lowered sports suspension, perforated disc brakes with the Mercedes logo and
18-inch light-alloy wheels in an AMG design.
The Exclusive package includes a wood/leather steering wheel, the roof lining, pillar claddings and sun visors
in Alcantara, the seat upholstery, armrest and door panels in nappa leather, an attractively lined dashboard with
decorative seams and velours floor mats.
Market position: With ten million models in 60 years, the E-Class is the world’s most successful business saloon
The new E-Class saloon is the successor to a Mercedes model that has been successful throughout the world, and of
which more than 1.3 million examples have been sold since 2002.
In Germany more than 40 per cent of all saloons in this market segment have an "E" in their model plate, and in
many western European countries this Mercedes model series is the number one in the luxury class. Since 1947, when
the Model 170 V was introduced as the direct ancestor to the E-Class, Mercedes-Benz has produced more than ten
million saloons belonging to this series. This makes the E-Class easily the world’s most successful business
Australian customers can expect the all-new E-Class in authorised Mercedes-Benz dealerships around the middle of
this year. Australian pricing and model specifications will be announced closer to the date of release.
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