By Staff Contributor.
The 2014 E-Class family that Mercedes-Benz has extensively updated in each of its models; sedan, wagon, cabriolet and coupe showcase new efficient engines, new assistance systems and a new design idiom.
Mercedes-Benz has also revised the premium interior of to harmonize with the expressive exterior. It is dominated by exquisite materials a new two-part trim extending across the entire dashboard, a new center console, a large color display as well as redesigned ergonomic seats and fresh interior colors. Overall the E-Class offers a significantly higher level of comfort. As a result it further solidifies its top position in the luxury segment.
The classic coupe and the four-seat cabriolet are designed to take passionate driving pleasure to exclusive new heights. Both retain their powerfully sculpted rear fenders that visually emphasize the fact that these sporty vehicles have rear-wheel drive. New taillights and a wing-design rear bumper with chrome trim elements, emphasizes width and further accent the athletic appearance of coupe and cabriolet.
Many new or optimized assistance systems blend comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz refers to this as “Intelligent Drive.” This includes systems capable of preventing accidents with crossing vehicles or pedestrians for the very first time. Active Lane Keeping Assist can also prevent collisions with oncoming traffic. With these innovations Mercedes-Benz underscores its pioneering role in vehicle safety.
The 2014 E-Class family also takes a significant step forward with regard to efficiency and the environment. Among the contributing factors are engines with direct-injection and ECO start/stop technology. Also available is a range of powerful gasoline and diesel engines with four, six or eight cylinders for customers of the E-Class family to choose from.
The front end has been completely restyled with new headlights that incorporate all light functions within a single lens. In addition, the E-Class Sedan and Wagon are available for the first time with two different front-end designs – with the classic three-dimensional sedan grille and star on the hood or with the sports car grille.
A new feature line and a repositioned three-dimensional trim line bring energetic new proportions to both the sedan and wagon. The feature line runs below the structure line from the rear door to the tail light, giving the car greater visual length. The overall effect is to make the E-Class look longer and more elegant, and at the same time dynamic.
(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Mercedes-Benz.)