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All New Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan Arrives - (Australia)

July 24th, 2009
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The all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan has arrived in Australia.

Already an award winner, this ninth generation of the popular sedan model has been a key fixture in the Mercedes –Benz car catalogue for more than 60 years.

This new model’s arrival sees the introduction of a variety of innovative technologies to this important Australian new car segment, offering customers the latest in safety, comfort, and driving performance.

It also sees an extension to the German car maker’s First Choice strategy, which commenced with the local release of the current-model C-Class range in July 2007. This strategy offers buyers immense value from each new model range’s repositioned pricing and feature-rich standard equipment lists, and its application to the all-new E-Class range is expected to be received with the same popularity that has seen the C-Class hold a one-third market share in its segment even two years after its Australian release (according to VFACTS, June 2009).

The new E-Class sedan will be in authorised Mercedes-Benz passenger car showrooms from July 29. The first models available will be the V6-powered E 350 sedan and the E 500 sedan, boasting the marque’s powerful yet efficient 5.5-litre 285kW V8 engine.

Essential facts about the new E-Class sedan are detailed below.

All-New Model

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is an all new model (code W 212) and replaces the outgoing W 211 version (released in Australia in August 2002).

Development

Development work on the new E-Class involved 1,400 development prototype and pre-production vehicles. Only after years of factory-based simulation and testing, these vehicles departed the Sindelfingen works in Germany in 2005 and then covered 34 million kilometres in testing and development over four years, an astounding feat never before achieved by any other Mercedes-Benz model. This development distance is akin to circumnavigating the equator 850 times or making 88 trips between the Earth and the Moon.

Safety

The new E-Class is designed according to an extensive safety concept, making it arguably the safest car in its class. It underwent 150 in-house crash tests and 17,000 crash simulations before entering series production. Its passive safety arsenal is vast. Examples include a 30 percent increase in the rigidity of the body shell, aluminium and steel alloy structures specifically designed to channel loads in an accident impact, the PRE-SAFE® anticipatory occupant protection system, nine airbags, and four seatbelt pre-tensioners as standard. Active safety is extensive and sees innovative technologies appearing for the first time. These include:

  • ATTENTION ASSIST driver fatigue detection system;
  • Intelligent Light System with five different headlight functions;
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist;
  • Lane Keeping Assist;
  • Blind Spot Assist;
  • DISTRONIC PLUS radar-guided cruise control (optional);
  • PRE-SAFE® Brake (autonomous emergency braking if there is an acute risk of an accident; Part of DISTRONIC PLUS);
  • Speed Limit Assist which can ‘read’ road-side speed zone signs (not yet available in Australia)

 Engines and transmissions

The engines in the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class combine power, economy and environmental compatibility. Optimised torque output, reduced fuel consumption and lower exhaust emissions were the guiding principles in their development. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available with three turbo-diesel engines and three petrol engines. The E 350 sedan, E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY sedan and E 500 sedan come equipped with further optimised versions of the powerplant from the previous model series. Newly developed engines have been fitted to the E 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY sedan, E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY sedan and E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY sedan. The engines and gearboxes available in the all-new E-Class are summarised below:

- Engines:

Model

Engine

Capacity

Power

Torque

Fuel Cons.

CO2

Turbo-Diesel

E 220 CDI

4-Cylinder

2143cc

125kW

400Nm

6.1/100km*

162g/km*

E 250 CDI

4-Cylinder

2143cc

150kW

500Nm

5.3l/100km**

139g/km**

E 350 CDI

V6

2987cc

170kW

540Nm

6.9l/100km*

182g/km*

Petrol

E 250 CGI

4-Cylinder

1796cc

150kW

310Nm

7.3l/100km***

174g/km***

E 350

V6

3498cc

200kW

350Nm

9.4l/100km*

219g/km*

E 500

V8

5461cc

285kW

530Nm

11.0l/100km*

258g/km*

* combined cycle, according to ADR 81/02
** combined cycle, according to NEDC
*** combined cycle, according to NEDC (provisional figures)

- Transmissions

Model

Engine

Gearbox

Driving Wheels

Turbo-Diesel

E 220 CDI

4-Cylinder

5-Speed Automatic

Rear-Wheel Drive

E 250 CDI

4-Cylinder

5-Speed Automatic

Rear-Wheel Drive

E 350 CDI

V6

7G-TRONIC 7-Speed Automatic

Rear-Wheel Drive

Petrol

E 250 CGI

4-Cylinder

5-Speed Automatic

Rear-Wheel Drive

E 350

V6

7G-TRONIC 7-Speed Automatic

Rear-Wheel Drive

E 500

V8

7G-TRONIC 7-Speed Automatic

Rear-Wheel Drive

Exterior design

The unmistakable muscular design of the new E-Class has been created by skilfully redeveloping traditional Mercedes-Benz styling elements. The sedan’s image is striking and dynamic with more pronounced contours. The front end reinterprets the model’s famous twin headlamp face by shaping the headlights with bold contours. This characteristic was introduced in the W 210 model-series E-Class (1995-2002). The large upright radiator grille showcases the car’s arrow-shaped styling. The rear of the car continues this theme, with contoured rear guards and a muscular stance to emphasise an athletic impression. This year, readers of AUTO BILD magazine voted the E-Class sedan as the best looking car in the world.

Interior design

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class emphasises horizontal lines which mirror the exterior’s up-to-date, clear-cut design idiom. The use of finest grade materials and workmanship convey an impression of high quality, both in terms of look and feel. The new ambient lighting feature helps illustrate the spacious, high-quality interior of the E-Class. Individual rear seats can be specified from the factory.

Suspension and handling

The new E-Class comes fitted with DIRECT CONTROL suspension. The car’s dampers are amplitude-dependent, meaning their damping characteristics will vary between softer comfort- and firmer sports-orientation depending upon road surface and driving behaviour. Therefore, drivers have the best balance of comfort and handling available. AIRMATIC air suspension is fitted to the range-leading V8-powered E 500 which, for the first time, comes with an electronically regulated damping system. DIRECT CONTROL variable ratio power steering is fitted to all models as standard, as is Electronic Stability Programme ESP®.

BlueEFFICIENCY

Numerous specific features have been added to the new E-Class to further reduce energy consumption and maximise efficiency. These include:

  • Improved aerodynamics (the E-Class sedan has a drag coefficient of only 0.25, making it the world’s most aerodynamically efficient series production luxury sedan; as a comparison, the BMW 520d has a drag coefficient of 0.27, the Audi A6 2.0 TDI is 0.29, and the new Toyota Prius is 0.25);
  • Alternator management to minimise constant engine load;
  • Direct fuel injection;
  • Turbocharging;
  • Smaller engine displacements;
  • Radiator grille louvres to optimise aerodynamics
  • On-demand power steering pump to minimise constant engine load;
  • On-demand regulated fuel pump;
  • Tyres with optimised rolling resistance;
  • Air-conditioning compressor optimisation

Environmental certification

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been awarded an environmental certificate by the German TÜV SÜD organisation. This environmental certification is according to ISO standard 14062 and involved analysing more than 40,000 individual environment-related processes. The ‘Design for Environment’ (DfE) process applied to the development of the new E-Class takes into account the time from the car’s development to eventual disposal and recycling.

Other Mercedes-Benz cars that hold this sought-after certification are the A-, B-, C-, and S-Class models. This year, the new GLK-Class was the first Mercedes-Benz SUV to be awarded this prestigious certificate.

Pricing

Model

Engine

Model Line

Price

On Sale

Turbo-Diesel

 

 

 

 

E 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY

4-Cylinder

Elegance

$80,900

Late September 2009

E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY

4-Cylinder

Avantgarde

$96,900

Late September 2009

E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY

V6

Avantgarde

$131,900

Late September 2009

Petrol

 

 

 

 

E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY

4-Cylinder

Avantgarde

$93,900

Late September 2009

E 350

V6

Avantgarde

$128,900

29 July 2009

E 500

V8

Avantgarde

$178,900

29 July 2009

Value

The ongoing Mercedes-Benz value strategy, implemented with great success in current models such as the C-Class, has been applied to the all new E-Class coupé

Despite being priced $2,414 more than the previous C 209 model series CLK 350 coupé, the new E 350 coupé gains more than $9,500 in additional standard equipment.

Likewise, the new top-of-the-range E 500 coupé is priced $18,695 more than the C 209-series CLK 500 but gains an additional $28,000 in standard equipment.

The new entry-point E 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is priced more than 10 percent below the previous entry-level E 200 KOMPRESSOR.

Pricing for the E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY sedan is almost ten percent cheaper than the previous petrol-powered E 280 V6.

The impressive 500Nm turbo-diesel E 250 CDI is priced almost nine percent below the outgoing V6 turbo-diesel E 280 CDI.

The new 540Nm E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY sedan is a new addition to the catalogue.

Pricing

The prices detailed in this document are current Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) for the Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY sedan, E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY sedan, E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY sedan, E 350 sedan, E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY sedan and E 500 sedan.

As you may be aware, the MLP includes GST and any LCT applicable to the base / standard specification model but EXCLUDES DEALER DELIVERY AND ALL ON ROAD COSTS such as, for example, registration fees, stamp duty, CTP and the like.

Accordingly, please ensure that when you publish the details contained in this document, your publication makes it clear to its readers that:

- The attached pricing is an MLP
- That the MLP excludes on road costs and dealer delivery, and
- For drive away price information, consumers should contact dealers

Whilst we are unable to provide you with drive away pricing due to the wide variation in on-road costs between states and territories, and the different ranges of dealer delivery imposed by dealers, we encourage you to contact one of our authorised Mercedes-Benz passenger car dealers in order to obtain relevant and accurate drive away information for your specific audience.

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