Mercedes-Benz E Class

Amidst the clamor of chunky SUVs, whispering EVs, and tarmac-melting AMGs that seem to dominate Mercedes-Benz’s lineup these days, the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic sedan feels like a reassuring throwback. It stays true to the core values of the three-pointed star: quiet comfort, elegant functionality, and deeply competent engineering supported by cutting-edge technology. 

The E450 4Matic leads a duo of redesigned Mercedes Benz E Class sedans set to hit the market in the second quarter of 2024. It retains the same M256 mild-hybrid powertrain as the current model, but the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine now produces 375 hp, a boost of 13 hp. Additionally, the 48-volt integrated starter generator, situated between the engine and the nine-speed automatic transmission, delivers an extra 22 hp when necessary.

Joining the E450 is the E350 4Matic, equipped with the M254 mild-hybrid powertrain initially introduced in the redesigned C-Class. This variant features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, delivering 255 hp, consistent with the outgoing non-hybrid model. However, it now benefits from an additional 22 hp from the integrated starter generator. Furthermore, torque has been enhanced by eight percent, reaching 295 ft-lbs.

Exterior: Mercedes Benz E Class

Beneath the revamped exterior and interior, the new E-Class, codenamed W214 internally, retains much of the same hardware as its predecessor. This continuity is actually a positive, considering the impressive nature of the current model’s chassis. 

However, notable hardware updates include a 0.87-inch extension in the wheelbase and the introduction of rear-wheel steering. The rear-wheel steering system, capable of reducing the turning circle by up to 35.4 inches, is offered as part of the optional Technology Package. This package also encompasses air suspension and continuously adjustable damping, enhancing the overall driving experience.

The redesigned exterior of the Mercedes Benz E Class is characterized by sharp character lines above the wheels, a fresh front-end design that integrates the grille with the standard LED headlights in a black panel, and updated tail lights featuring a distinctive three-pointed star graphic. 

These changes contribute to a slightly more muscular road presence for the Mercedes Benz E Class. Additionally, details like flush door handles and meticulously sculpted front and rear bumpers aid in achieving an impressive drag coefficient of 0.23. Wheel sizes available range from 18 inches to the 21-inch setup found on our test car.

Interior: Mercedes Benz E Class

The interior transformation of the latest Mercedes Benz E Class has been significantly more pronounced. Along with a slight increase in roominess, especially in the rear, the newest Mercedes E Class introduces Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX Superscreen. This option spans the right two-thirds of the dashboard, adjacent to the new vertical instrument panel, which can be upgraded to feature a 3-D display akin to the S-Class. The Superscreen includes a 14.4-inch central touchscreen and a 12.3-inch display for the front passenger, all seamlessly integrated under a single glass sheet.

A new compatibility layer integrated into the MBUX system now operates off a single processor, offering enhanced performance and faster data speeds. This update enables the installation of third-party apps. Additionally, the MBUX Superscreen package includes an inward-facing camera on top of the dashboard. 

This feature allows occupants to participate in Zoom meetings while the car is stationary. Even while the vehicle is in motion, front-seat passengers can stream movies, videos, and other audio/visual content on their screen. The system intelligently masks the display from the driver’s field of vision for safety.

Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius emphasizes that the MBUX Superscreen isn’t merely a flashy gimmick. He states, “We’re absolutely convinced customers in China and some of the Asian markets want to turn their car into an entertainment center, a gaming center, a work center, a relaxation center.” He further notes that this trend is gaining traction in Western markets as well. Consequently, moving forward, with the launch of new vehicle architectures, every Mercedes will offer the option of a pillar-to-pillar screen.

The MBUX Superscreen stands out as the most prominent physical representation of the true essence of the new Mercedes Benz E Class: a significant surge in software-driven technologies and features designed to enhance connectivity, comfort, and control for both drivers and passengers.

The standard Keyless Go package includes a digital key feature, enabling users to unlock and start the vehicle using a compatible iPhone or Apple Watch. Additionally, the primary user of the car’s Mercedes me app can grant permission for up to 16 other individuals to either unlock or drive the vehicle.

A developing AI system empowers E-Class owners to utilize templates or establish what Mercedes-Benz terms as “routines” that can connect multiple functions and conditions. For instance, the E-Class can be configured to activate seat heating and adjust the ambient lighting to warm orange if the interior temperature falls below 53.12 degrees Celsius. Moving forward, the AI will learn which comfort systems drivers frequently utilize in specific conditions and automatically engage them.

Performance, Ride, and Handling: Mercedes Benz E Class

In Europe, a new Driving Assistance Plus package offers the vehicle nearly Level 3 autonomous driving capability. While the driver must keep their hands lightly on the steering wheel, with cruise control engaged, the package’s active lane change assist feature automatically guides the car into the overtaking lane on the freeway when encountering a slower-moving vehicle. This action is preceded by a check for faster traffic approaching from behind, and the turn signals are activated accordingly.

Similar to the S-Class, the new Mercedes Benz E Class demands minimal effort to operate. However, for those who relish the driving experience, the vehicle exudes the assured capability that has distinguished the finest Mercedes E Class models over the last four decades. It effortlessly glides through suburban streets yet exhibits composed authority when navigating winding two-lane roads with vigor.

The mild-hybrid, six-cylinder powertrain delivers smooth performance with a punch. While you have the option to digitally enhance the sound to mimic a V-8 rumble, it’s advisable to leave it untouched, allowing only a subdued snarl during vigorous acceleration. 

This is because the rest of the car maintains such a quiet demeanor. Even with the low-profile 21-inch tires, this Mercedes Benz E Class provides a cabin as hushed as an S-Class, enhancing the enjoyment of the standard 730-watt Burmester 4-D surround-sound system. Oh! Also, check out our review on 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS Facelift Review – Is Bigger, Better?

Final Price and Verdict: Mercedes Benz E Class

The new E-Class sets out with a distinct objective: to serve as the link between traditional executive sedans and the upcoming era of electric, highly connected vehicles.

Its reassuringly familiar design seamlessly integrates modern elements and enhancements. With a modest yet diverse selection of powertrains available, the 2.0-liter diesel variant tested here, despite some minor issues, presents a compelling case for the continued relevance of this technology.

In contrast to some recent Mercedes models, the interior of the E-Class exudes an air of luxury and sophistication, offering the choice between a large or an exceptionally large screen. While it performs admirably, it may not quite match the standards set by previous iterations. Despite room for improvement in ride comfort and noise isolation, this car surprises with its lively handling.

One might question how significantly the new E-Class advances over its predecessor. Perhaps this responsibility falls to the electric models, while the E-Class maintains its position as a stalwart in the executive sedan segment, especially as rival models face dilution or discontinuation. Nonetheless, it fulfills this role convincingly.

Anticipated to hit the market with a premium of approximately Rs 5 lakh-6 lakh over the existing model, prices for Mercedes’s long standing bestseller are expected to fall within the range of around Rs 82 lakh-95 lakh. Consequently, on-road prices for top-end variants could surpass Rs 1 crore. 

Nonetheless, insiders at Mercedes are confident that the E-Class will continue to be one of their bestsellers, defying the prevailing trend favoring SUVs. This predominantly chauffeur-driven sedan or limousine maintains its appeal despite the shifting automotive landscape.

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