2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the 'Brand's Most Advanced Vehicle'

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

It’s January, which means two things: One, it’s fricken cold here in Detroit, and two, the North American International Auto Show is in town. Getting a jump on its competitors, Mercedes-Benz revealed its all-new E-Class the day before the show officially begins.

This 2017 model is the 10th generation of this hugely popular luxury sedan, and supposedly, it’s the most advanced vehicle in the brand’s portfolio, which is saying a lot, since its Maybach S600 has more microprocessors than an Apple store.

Like practically every redesigned car these days, the new E-Class has grown a little bit. Its wheelbase is up by nearly three inches, and its overall body is longer by almost two. Thanks to a new structure, which features much more aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel, it’s also more rigid.

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Wearing the brand’s so-called “Sensual Purity” design language, this car features two unique looks depending on the trim level. Luxury lines feature a brighter grille and stand-up hood ornament. Sport variants gain a massive star emblem in the grille along with other styling tweaks.

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But all of that is so vain; let’s talk mechanicals. The 2017 E-Class will launch in the U.S. with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It ought to put out a class-competitive (if unimpressive) 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission should be standard.

Moving inside, the new E-Class will pamper passengers with a drop-dead gorgeous interior that features cues clearly borrowed from the S-Class. Material quality is stunning, from the leather to the trim to the speaker grilles. This cabin wows from the second you pop a door.

One of its standout features, which will be offered on the E300 model, is a monstrous 12.3-inch widescreen display. It also has touch-sensitive steering-wheel buttons, handwriting recognition and a simplified infotainment system.

But this stuff is just the tip of the technological iceberg. When properly equipped, this new E-Class can automatically help you steer through corners and change lanes. It can stop itself if necessary, prevent you from swerving like a drunkard and even brace for an impact if a crash is unavoidable.

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Beyond all of this, it also features “car-to-X” communications, giving it the ability to chat with other vehicles and even the infrastructure. But one of its coolest features is called Remote Parking Pilot, which allows the car to be controlled remotely by a smartphone, making it easier to park in tight spaces or garages.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is scheduled to launch this summer in the U.S. Pricing information well be made available closer to launch.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • JohnSmith JohnSmith on Jan 12, 2016

    "Too Ghetto" for me - the grill and the interior are not what one expects from an MB of the E class - and cost. MB cars have become over-engineered, and this has eroded MB's once sterling reputation for durability and longevity.

  • Drew Davis Drew Davis on Jan 12, 2016

    The tail lights on this and the C300 are just too plain. They look like a cheap Bentley knockoff.