Tracing its roots from the W124 first sporting the ‘E’ name in 1986 on the 200E shape and later in 1994 when the ‘E’ happened to appear before the nomenclature to what we know today as the E250, the E-Class it remains the pride of Daimler. The new E-Class epitomizes the midsize luxury car segment with its elegant furnishings and demanding workmanship, and while not as sporty as the C-Class or as luxurious as the S-Class, it straddles the line. in a retro style. Yet a graceful approach with a distinctive aura that speaks softly but forcefully to her peers, “enough of the staring contest; daddy’s here.”
For 2014, the E-Class exudes what could be the most robust facelift in its history. It features a myriad of changes, the most notable being on the front fascia, where a new nose with more refined headlamps has been employed, with its signature quad lights now fused in two – the kind of facelift revamped on the Lexus LX570. The grille options have been extended from their simplistic nature to appear more elegant, with the AVANTGARDE version featuring two horizontal bars, while the coupe and cabriolet types have a single one that cuts the grille in half and marks the Mercedes logo on the front. half. The ELEGANCE finish reserves its fashion with simple chrome bars as in the C-Class. The bumper remains without lights and rises towards the ends with a smooth line that extends from one end to the other that descends through the middle giving it a sublime avant-garde appearance. . Changes to the rear include smoothing the lines on the rear fenders, but this has not been applied to the coupe and cabriolet versions. Other changes to these versions also include downsizing from the E350 to a four-cylinder E250 engine, while the AMG models now adopt standard all-wheel drive.
An E-Class is not another E-Class, well, empirically speaking. This is because there is an E-Class at almost every point on the performance curve, from the E250 to the E63 AMG. The most common engine is the base 3.5-liter gasoline that produces 211 kW (302 hp) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in approximately 7 seconds. This engine is very efficient, with fuel consumption ranging from 5.5 to 6.0 liters per 100 km over a wide range. The hybrid version is cheaper, since it consumes a meager 4 liters for the same distance. The E63 AMG has a 550 hp (385 kW) V8 biturbo engine that reaches a speed from 0 to 100 km / h in 4 seconds. (This was the fastest saloon until 2006). The transmissions available for the E-Class include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic known as the 7G-TRONIC, which is similar to VW’s DSG that made the CC a remarkably fuel-efficient car. An interesting innovation here is the M mode, which allows for some excitement, as the driver can change gears like in a manual for a predefined time, after which the system reverts to the default automatic mode. Also standard is ECO start / stop mode similar to Mazda’s i-STOP. This shuts down the engine when it stops during jams and restarts when you open the throttle. However, this feature can be disabled at the push of a button for people who will find the on and off disconcerting.
Change is as good as rest, and in the corporate world, organizations that keep up with the changing world always have a competitive advantage over their competitors. But while shift drivers busied themselves with the exterior panels, few of them saw their way into the interior of the 2014 Mercedes E-Class. There’s still plenty of room for five adults to sit comfortably and the front seats are among the most comfortable in the world. its segment, being the overall fit and interior finish impeccable. However, I found it a disappointment for Mercedes to use vinyl seat upholstery on the base model, while smaller cars like Kia include leather seats with heated options. For models starting with ELEGANCE trim, a choice of aluminum or carbon look trim is available. On the base and ELEGANCE trims, the instrument cluster features a black outline on each dial, while the AVANTGARDE versions have a silver trim on the instrument panels. The most visible change here is that the gear stick is nowhere to be seen. And if you think it employs the telescoping function of the Jaguar shifter, that’s not the case. Instead, shift operations are handled on the multifunction steering wheel via the DIRECT-SHIFT lever with shift paddles. The shifters are firm and responsive, but the COMAND system can get a bit fizzy. A rearview camera is optional on base models, but Bluetooth streaming and a power moonroof are standard. Other upscale touches include adaptive sports seats, a surround view camera, voice-controlled navigation and a 1200-watt, 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen® audio system.
Key updates to the 2014 E-Class come from the electronics side, improving safety through a variety of sensors and algorithms. It offers a blind spot information system to monitor cars driving in the car’s blind area and a front-mounted stereo camera to monitor obstacles and traffic. Mercedes PRE-SAFE technology is standard with an add-on: DISTRONIC-PLUS. Essentially, it is a system that ‘detects’ an approaching accident and automatically closes the windows and sunroof, tightens the seat belts, fills the air cushions and moves the seats to a safer position, for example. , if he was reclined. Another safety innovation that was in the S-Class but is now included in the 2014 E-Class is ATTENTION ASSIST. This system monitors your driving for the first twenty minutes, so if you begin to show drowsiness or signs of fatigue, it will emit an alarming beep and if your attention does not meet the required standards, it will stop. The car can also maintain a set following distance to avoid colliding with the car in front and helps you stay in lane by indicating if a car is in a lane you want to change to. Together with these and other sensors, the 2014 E-Class can even steer itself in limited circumstances and at low speeds.
In short, the 2014 Mercedes E-Class not only has sleek aerodynamics that defines visual perfection, it also implies a super smooth ride, as the cabriolet variant is the quietest car in its class thanks to the windshield-mounted Aircap system. and the backwind. deflector technology. The E-Class has always been the reserved member of the Mercedes family, but it has grown to be more geared towards the needs of the driver. The family grows and the E-Class only gets better. So when you look at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, you realize that it is not just the work of a group of people, it is the result of a constantly refined tradition.