At a first glance, this next generation E-Class looks like any other E-Class. However, on the details, it gets pretty good. The new front headlights are inspired by the ConceptFASCINATION, which debut at the 2008 Paris Auto Show, and some fascinating front-bumper with LED fog-lights. On the side, it gets a sharp-edge roof, a S-class look-alike wheel-arch extensions, and rising character line below the door handles to give it a sportier look. At the back, the new E-Class gets some beautiful LED large rectangle tail-lights, along with rectangular exhausts built with a rear diffuser. But the trunk looks a bit dready. So in result, we think this the first E-Class that the styling isn't 500 years old! Which is a big step that Merc did for the E-Class.
The new E-Class is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. Engineers have improved cars torsional rigidity by 30%. For better driving comfort the car has a new suspension whose shock absorbers automatically adjust to the current driving situation. The optional air suspension now works together with an electronic damping system.
The new E-Class gets even more tech than the old one. Driver assistance in general is a major theme for new E-Class. So technologies like lane-departure warnings, eye-movement monitor, traffic-sign identification, road-condition sensors, and stability control that accounts for crosswinds, camber changes, and tire wear are all included for the new E-Class.
As usual, there'll be a decent amount of engine choices. Buyers can choose from either a direct-injected, 292hp 3.5L V6 (E350) or a 388hp 5.5L V8 (E500), both mated to a standard seven-speed automatic gearbox. 4MATIC models will arrive later, along with the 6.3L E63 variant with 525hp, and the 211hp, 3.0L Bluetech diesel variant.
In Europe new E-Class will go on sale in March, with the world-wide sale a little later.