Harry Leahey

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Mercedes has unveiled its latest, sixth-generation E-Class executive saloon, which will only come in electrified powertrains when it goes on sale in the summer. 


Externally, the car features design elements from its larger S-Class sibling and EQE models, such as a backlit grille and slimmer LED headlights and tail-lights.


The boot capacity remains 540 litres for combustion-engined models, though PHEV versions have 370 litres. It rides on aerodynamically optimised wheels ranging from 17 to 21 inches, depending on the spec, helping to achieve an overall drag coefficient of 0.23Cd.  


Like the outside, the latest E-Class’ interior also looks to have been inspired by the S-Class, coming equipped with a "Superscreen" dash which is powered by Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment system. 


Safety features include active blind-spot and brake assist, and the E-Class is now available with automated valet parking. Powertrains include mild-hybrid or plug-in power, and all are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. 


The mild-hybrid options include the E 200, which consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, boosted by a 23bhp electric motor. The second option is the E 220 d, which has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine making 194bhp.  


Plug-in models feature a 25.4kWh battery and an electric motor backed by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, with the E 300 e offering a total power output of 312bhp. The more potent E 400 e meanwhile makes 381bhp.  These plug-in versions can travel up to 73 miles on electricity. 


The new E-Class will be available in saloon and estate versions, with pricing yet to be confirmed. 

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Harry Leahey 26/04/23