Mercedes-Benz promises that the new facelifted E-Class of the 10th generation will represent the highest technical achievement to date.
What could be nicer than getting to know the latest version of the heart of the Mercedes-Benz brand on a mild Tuesday afternoon with a light wind, 50-50 cloud cover and light rain in places? Fourteen million Mercedes-Benz E-Classes later, there is a new range of sedan, coupe and cabriolet versions of the company’s bestseller on the road.
Mercedes promises the facelift E-class resets the benchmark of the middle management level with an even more dynamic, sportier, more luxurious and most advanced E-Class. The product of a comprehensive facelift is announced across the board through clear and appealing new lines and an exclusive, high-quality interior. Two-door models combine the class and beauty of a grand tourer with the latest technology, with the convertible wearing a classic fabric upper part.
The new E gets a smarter, shinier front end, flatter LED multi-beam headlights and wider, flared wheel arches for larger tires. The newcomer is also characterized by a fresh rear bumper, split taillights and a new trunk lid.
Step inside and you will be greeted by a brand new AMG Performance multifunction steering wheel of the latest generation with fresh touch controls in front of a widescreen cockpit with two standard large 10.25-inch MBUX screens. They are supported by the latest generation of augmented reality multimedia content with video navigation images. It will take some time to get used to the topic, but it will surely soon be a pleasure to use.
The new E also has a route-based, speed-adjustable cruise control for the active distance with Active Tailback, which reacts to traffic jams before the driver even knows they are there, distance and lane-keeping technology up to 60 km / h, assistants for blind spots and a parking package with a 360-degree camera. Lane departure correction inputs are clearly visible, fixed and direct, with fixed inputs to avoid slow vehicles driving straight ahead.
These cars are all superbly crafted and of great build quality. We enjoyed the new Energizing seat kinetics which uses music, lighting and massage modes to keep you happy as a bird through a wide range of comfort programs. New E also receives Urban Guard monitoring of parked vehicles.
AMG E63 S: Now with rear-wheel drive
The top of the new e-pops is the 603 hp double double scroll turbocharger with 603 hp and 628 lb-ft 16 mpg biturbo 3982 cc V8 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic +. Good for 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and a massive 190 mph top end. It receives an AMG Speedshift MCT 9-speed automatic with short shift times and quick multiple downshifts. A double disengagement function ensures an emotional gear shift experience.
The AMG Performance 4Matic + all-wheel drive of the E63 S now has a drift mode with pure rear-wheel drive like its strong rival BMW M5 with the modes Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport + Individual and Race. Add 3-stage ESP; Comfort, Sport and Sport + modes for the new three-chamber air suspension Adaptive Damping. It ensures an exemplary mix of driving dynamics and driving characteristics. All modes can be switched to manual.
The new E63 AMG has been completely re-ventilated and has an internally ventilated and perforated connection of 15.8 14.1 x 1.41 inch brake discs with fixed six-piston brake calipers at the front. And 14.1- and 1.14-inch discs with floating single-piston calipers at the rear. If that’s not enough, there are optional AMG 15.8 x 1.53-inch carbon ceramic front and 14.1 x 1.25-inch rear disc brakes.
Fine nappa leather, high comfort MBUX displays
The E63 has an interior made of fine nappa leather and AMG-specific MBUX displays and settings with a high level of comfort. There are brushed stainless steel pedals with rubber studs. Add AMG monocled door sills and black floor mats with door sills. And black floor mats emphasize the sporty look.
The E63 S is exactly the beast you expect as the massive torque comes out very early on. Drifting with the four-wheel drive can easily be transferred to the skid pan with a hard curve and a generous power boot. Not the easiest art to master, too slow and without drift. Too fast and you just turn out! It takes a fine balance that can only be mastered by spending time on the seat. The professionals make it look easy, even when there was a lot going on at the controls.