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A full gallery of photos of the 2010 E-Class Wagon (known as the Estate in Europe) have emerged online a month ahead of the car’s official launch at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
Details on the car are still scarce but we expect Mercedes to bring the 3.5-liter V6 powered E350 Estate over in 4MATIC trim, with a high-performance 6.2-liter V8-powered AMG model to follow a year afterward. The new model is expected to be longer and wider, offering improved passenger space. And we can also be sure it will include Mercedes’ long list of E-Class safety features including Attention Assist, Adaptive Main Beam Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Brake Assist Plus.
Sales are expected to begin in Europe in November and the rest of the world in early 2010.
GALLERY: 2010 Mercedes E-Class Estate
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Mercedes appears to be trying its hand at humor in the advertising world in a campaign to promote the all-new 2010 E-Class.
The ad takes a while to get to the point and when it does get there they ask you to think slightly more than is normally expected in a commercial. The message is actually quite simple, however, as your dreams (no matter how scary or enjoyable) will have to wait thanks to the new “Attention Assist” system in E-Class.
The Attention Assist system is just one of several new “Assist” systems on the new E-Class, including Adaptive Main Beam Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Brake Assist Plus.
The system works by using audio and visual warnings to notify the driver that he may be drowsing off. When activated, a coffee cup icon on the dash lights up. “It’s the next best thing to handing the driver a cup of espresso,” said Mercedes-Benz Chairman Dr. Dieter Zeich.
Mercedes will price the all-new 2010 E-Class significantly less than the outgoing model. In fact, the 2010 E350 will retail for just under $50,000 – $49,475 to be exact. That price is $4,600 less than the ’09 E-Class.
“We are continuing the strategy we started with the new C class two years ago by pricing close to actual transaction prices,” Mercedes USA CEO Ernst Lieb told the Automotive News.
The 2010 E-Class includes a long list of sate-of-the-art safety features, some of which are not yet offered in the flagship S-Class. These include Blind Sport Assist, Attention Assist, Brake Assist Plus and Lane Keeping Assist, which will notify the driver through vibrations in the steering wheel if the vehicle detects it is drifting off the road.
Higher level versions of the E-Class will also see MSRP reductions, with the E550 priced at $57,175, and the AWD 4MATIC model starting at 57,675.
As for the upcoming E-Class Coupe, it will be priced very close to the current CLK, with a base MSRP of $48,925 – $50 less than the current CLK. The E550 Coupe will come in at $55,525.
The 2010 E-Class goes on sale in June, with 4MATIC versions offered in the fall and the E63 coming in early winter. As for the upcoming E350 Bluetec diesel, it will arrive in March of 2010. An E-Class Convertible will follow after that.
[Source: Automotive News]
Mercedes has just announced a long list of updates for the 2010 versions of the S63 and S65 AMG vehicles, ensuring they are top in their respective classes.
As power has never been wanting in either of these models, Mercedes opted to leave the powerplants well-enough alone. As such, the S63 continues to use the 6.2-liter engine with 386hp and 465 ft-lbs of torque. The S65 keeps it’s twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine, which produces an astonishing 612hp and 738 ft-lbs of torque. The S63 can hit 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, with the S65 making the sprint in 4.4 seconds.
AMG engineers did, however, manage to improve fuel-economy in both models by three percent.
In terms of the design of both vehicles, each model gets a new, more pointed front grille, new side mirrors and LED daytime running lights. Out back, the taillights now use LEDs as well, with 52 individual lights, and the rear diffused is painted to match the body of the car. Small details aren’t overlooked either as the S65 gets a V12 logo etched into the exhaust pipes.
More obvious differences between the S65 and S63 include the wheels, with the S63 rolling on multi-spoke 19-inch light weight AMG alloys with 255/40/19 front and 275/40/19 rear tires, while the S65 gets dark five-spoke 20s, with 255/35/20 front tires and 275/35/20 rear tires.
In terms of technological advancements, now standard on both models is an AMG sports suspension with Active Body Control (ABC), which uses the stability control program to compensate for side winds – particularly important when you’re going well-over 100 mph on the autobahn.
Another highlight is the new Torque Vectoring Brake system, which adds brake on the inside wheel during a corner to reduce wheel spin.
One particularly impressive feature is the new Passion leather upholstery used in the S65. It comes with a diamond stitched pattern for that really helps make the top Benz look like it costs.
Also included in the new 63 and 65 S-Classes are a whole host of safety features, some of which were already on the past model, but some of which were introduced with the all new 20100 E-Class. These include Attention Assist drowsiness detection, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Night View Assist and Pre-Safe Brakes that automatically come on in the case of an anticipated accident.
GALLERY: 2010 S63 AMG
GALLERY: 2010 S65 AMG
More on the 2010 S63 and S65 AMG after the jump:
Possibly the safest car on the road
Presented to the media were three different E-Class models – none of which will be available in the U.S. For the record, however, they were the E250 CDI, the E350 CGI and the E350 blueTEC.
Mercedes claims that its four and six-cylinder engines will consume 23 percent less fuel than before – due mostly to the use of direct injection across the model range. Fuel consumption is also aided by an incredibly low drag coefficient of just 0.25.
The 250 CDI, which uses a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine makes 204hp and 369 ft-lbs of torque – an increase of 25 percent over the previous V-6 diesel engine. It also uses 23 percent less fuel for an incredible rating of 44 mpg.
As for the rest of the new E-Class, the chassis is 30 percent more rigid than the previous model. Also new for 2010 will be dynamic shock absorbers that can adjust to road conditions. These shocks will also work with the Mercedes air-ride suspension.
The big point that Mercedes wanted to get across, however, is how safe the new E-Class is thanks to a host of safety features including Adaptive Main Beam Assist. This new system uses a camera to view the road ahead and adjust the headlights accordingly, ensuring the lights reach as far as possible, but not as far as the car in front of you. It also monitors oncoming traffic and if the road is clear transitions to hi-beams.
Blind Spot Assist is also available as is Lane Keeping Assist, which will notify the driver through vibrations in the steering wheel if the vehicle detects it is drifting off the road.
Mercedes’ Brake Assist Plus system, uses the car’s radar to view the road ahead. If the car sees that a driver is about to hit something then he will be given a visual and acoustic warning to act. If no action is taken then partial braking is first applied by the car’s computer, followed by emergency braking if the driver continues not to respond. This is similar to a system Volvo recently developed.
Another, although not the final, safety device in the new E-Class is the Attention Assist system that detects when a driver isn’t paying attention and will notify him with an acoustic and visual warning. This warning on the dash is symbolized by a coffee cup. “It’s the next best thing to handing the driver a cup of espresso,” said Mercedes-Benz Chairman Dr. Dieter Zeich.
More on the new E-Class and all its many safety features after the jump