The E-Class conveys luxury and status in on land yacht-sized package. The big Benz is a mid-size executive car with plenty of opulence to go around. It’s been popular among the well-to-do since its introduction more than 20 years ago.
HISTORY OF THE E-Class
The E-Class was introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the W124. Initially, it was offered in a variety of configurations including coupe, convertible, sedan and wagon. Engine options were plentiful too, consisting of a wide of 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines. Rear wheel drive was standard with optional all-wheel drive available.
By the time the second generation rolled around in 1995, the E-Class was designed to be a true luxury vehicle. The coupe and convertible models were dropped, leaving the sedan and wagon as the only options.
Fourth Generation E-Class (2010-present)
The current, fourth generation E-Class debuted in 2010. A more chiseled and aggressive looking exterior immediately sets it apart from previous models. Inside, the E-Class gets treated to higher quality materials and Mercedes’ COMAND electronics interface.
Once again, only sedan and coupe body styles are offered. The Sedan comes in E350, E550 and E63 AMG variants, whereas the coupe comes in E350 and E550 trim levels only. Standard equipment for the base E350 includes a sunroof, a power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, power front seats with memory functions, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, the COMAND electronic interface system, Bluetooth and a high-end stereo.
Engine options for the initial model year include a 3.5L 6-cylinder, 5.5L 8-cylinder and 6.2L 8-cylinder. Power is sent through a 7-speed automatic to either the rear-wheels or all four wheels if equipped with optional all-wheel drive.
In 2013 two more models were added: the E350 Coupe and E400 Hybrid. New features were added as well, including an updated telematics system and standard heated seats on coupe and cabriolet models.
Model year 2014 introduced a revised exterior and interior for the E-series. A new suite of safety technologies was also introduced including an auto stop-start system.
The E-Class has always been, and will continue to be, one of the top performers in its class. It has the winning formula that continues to please.