The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is getting ready for its official debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Recently spied testing with nearly no camouflage on its body, the new E-Class will borrow styling cues from the S-Class. In a way, the German automaker doesn’t want consumers thinking of the E-Class as a bigger C-Class, but rather a smaller version of its flagship S-Class. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes previewed the interior of the 2017 E-Class with the Concept IAA, which had plenty of high-tech features including Mercedes-Benz’s latest version of its Intelligent Drive technology.
A major focus for the new E-Class will be on its safety features that include systems to protect an occupant’s ears and hearing during a crash, steering assistance to avoid an obstacle or accident and safety protection that pushes the driver and front-seat passenger away from the doors during a side impact.
Autonomous features as part of Intelligent Drive technology include Speed Limit Pilot, Evasive Steering Assist, Digital Car Key and the ability to automatically maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front of the E-Class sedan. The Distance Pilot Distronic system will be able to maintain speeds up to 124 mph.
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