The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has finally made its way to the Indian automobile market with a starting price of Rs. 56.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) for the E 200 petrol version, whereas the diesel guise, christened as E 350 d, is priced at Rs. 69.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The company has chosen India as the only country to launch the all-new exclusive long wheelbase E-Class with right-hand drive system. The E-Class in India has been one of the best selling products of the German marque.
Launched for the first time in India, the long wheelbase version of E-Class is currently running in its 10th generation and has an edge over its rival for the plenty of legroom provided for the rear passengers . Of course, rear leg space is not the only reason why this luxury sedan has become the favorite of customers in India as it is loaded with features such as electrically-adjusted rear seats, full LED headlamps, panoramic sunroof , 64-color ambient lighting, steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls, motorized sunblinds and air suspension for diesel variant.
In terms of power, the petrol E200 draws energy from a 2.0-litre motor having 4 cylinders. The engine is paired to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic gearbox transmitting power to the rear wheels only. This combination churns out a power of 187PS along with 300Nm of torque and can enable the vehicle to sprint from 0-100Kmph in 8.5 seconds. The time taken is 0.6 seconds more than the current version, owing to the fact that the new iteration is heavier and larger.
The E 350 d diesel variant comes with a V6 3.0-litre engine mated to the same 9G-TRONIC 9-speed tranny and delivers a power and torque of 262PS and 620Nm, respectively. This version can cover 0-100Kmph in 6.6 seconds only with a top speed of 250Kmph.
In terms of infotainment, the saloon is fitted with a 13-speaker Burmester stereo sound system and has a 12.3-inch touchscreen placed at the centre of the dashboard. As far as the looks from outside are concerned, the new 2017 E-Class shares the room with C-Class and S-Class and looks distinctive from the current model, thanks to the grown size, where the wheelbase is longer than the S-Class standard version with a measurement of 3,079mm. Claiming to the tallest and longest luxury sedan in its segment, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes with a height of 1,494mm and length of 5,065mm. And with the width of 2,065mm, it stands in competition with Volvo S90 that captures the first place for being the slimmest sedan.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available in 5 color options of Polar White, Citrine Brown, Selenite Grey, Iridium Silver and Obsidian Black and is competing against the likes of BMW 5 Series, locally assembled Jaguar XF, Volvo S90 and Audi A6.