September 30, 2023

Stare down the optionally available selfie digital camera atop the sprint of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-class, and it is clear that the auto has entered a brand new age, not that extra proof was wanted. Even for iconic nameplates, the ever-greater inclusion of know-how for work, play, security, and comfort has turn into a necessary a part of the image. But whereas Mercedes has proven a departure from the previous with its EQ-branded EVs, followers of conventional luxurious sedans will discover solace within the restraint of the E-class’s newest redesign. Advanced as it might be, this new automotive is pleasantly acquainted.

When it goes on sale early subsequent 12 months, the mid-size E can be simple sufficient to mistake for an S-class, its envelope having grown marginally bigger than earlier than whereas adopting extra of its grander sibling’s flowing class. It is a quintessential and enticing Benz from all angles. Reinforcing that notion to much less observant eyes, LED components within the taillights illuminate within the form of the three-pointed Mercedes star.

Know-how as Luxurious

Although the brand new E-class’s cabin veers towards tech-infused minimalism, conventional luxurious trappings are current in abundance, and luxury ranges are exceedingly excessive. The retention of a standard three-box form makes for welcome headroom in again, and rear legroom stays beneficiant if not fairly cross-your-legs pleasant. Trunk capability has swelled to an S-class-beating 19 cubic toes.

The E ventures into the longer term by the use of its expansive Superscreen digital interface, which neatly integrates a 12.3-inch instrument cluster with obtainable 3-D graphics, a 14.4-inch touchscreen, and an optionally available 12.3-inch passenger show. It’s much like the pillar-to-pillar Hyperscreen system present in some EQ fashions, although right here it lacks haptic suggestions for contact inputs, and the gauge show stands individually somewhat than built-in below a single piece of glass. Secondary exhausting buttons and switches are restricted. The automotive’s environs can soothe like a day spa—or stimulate like a discotheque—by way of copious ambient lighting that throbs to the beats from the usual Burmester audio system’s 21 audio system.

AI programming learns a person’s habits and manages customizable “routines,” whereas as much as 5 inside cameras, together with the selfie unit, allow an array of features. Zoom videoconferencing and entry to TikTok, for instance, are attainable from behind the wheel when the automotive is stationary, and passengers can stream video and play Indignant Birds with out distracting the motive force. It is a number of pixels and pc code to absorb. However that is the primary model of the MBUX working system that Mercedes has produced fully in home, and the extra we interacted with it, the extra intuitive it proved to be. Augmented-reality navigation and easy accessibility to core options from the middle residence display are a boon while you’re plying anxious, unfamiliar roads. The roster of ordinary and optionally available lively security techniques is extra encompassing than ever, with the spotlight being the addition of automated lane modifications throughout hands-free cruising on the freeway.

Refined Basis

U.S. fashions initially will are available two acquainted flavors, E350 4Matic and E450 4Matic, each of which characteristic all-wheel drive, a buttery nine-speed automated transmission, and a 48-volt hybrid system that may contribute as much as 22 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque but doesn’t enhance the height energy outputs. We now have but to drive the E350, with its 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4, however the E450’s turbo 3.0-liter inline-six stays a stunning instrument for the E-class’s mission, because it’s splendidly easy and impressively quiet at velocity. Its 375 horses (a 13-hp enhance from earlier than) and 369 pound-feet assist the automotive devour miles with ease.

Although barely bigger and about 170 kilos heavier than the outgoing E450, the brand new E proved pleasantly competent when pushed with vim. A sports activities sedan it isn’t, however its optionally available air springs and rear-axle steering (with as much as 4.5 levels of wheel motion) noticeably improve its agility in tight turns, in addition to endow it with disciplined physique management and a creamy journey, even on huge 21-inch wheels (20s are normal). Given the E’s concentrate on refinement, activating its Sport mode and uncorking the lively exhaust appears inappropriately uncouth, however we estimate the E450 ought to attain 60 mph within the low-four-second vary at full chat. We do not anticipate its EPA fuel-economy estimate to stray removed from the earlier mannequin’s 26-mpg mixed score.

Mercedes has but to launch pricing, however will increase over the outgoing 4Matic sedans’ entry factors—$60,400 for the E350, $66,700 for the E450—must be modest. With a lineage stretching again greater than 75 years, the E-class stays one of many model’s core merchandise and serves a spread of roles all over the world, from taxicab to luxurious cocoon. Although the most recent E embraces progress for the digital age, Mercedes is smart to not rush its evolution.

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2024 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

Automobile Sort: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan


Base: $67,000


turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct gas injection

Displacement: 183 in3, 2999 cm3

Energy: 375 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque: 369 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm


9-speed automated


Wheelbase: 116.6 in

Size: 194.8 in

Width: 74.0 in

Top: 58.3 in

Trunk Quantity: 19 ft3

Curb Weight (C/D est): 4500 lb


60 mph: 4.3 sec

100 mph: 11.0 sec

1/4-Mile: 12.9 sec

Prime Pace: 130 mph


Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 26/23/31 mpg

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Mike Sutton is an editor, author, take a look at driver, and normal automotive nerd who has contributed to Automobile and Driver‘s reverent and irreverent ardour for the auto since 2008. A local Michigander from suburban Detroit, he enjoys the outside and complaining concerning the climate, has an affection for off-road autos, and believes in federal safety for naturally aspirated engines.