Australian details for the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class range have been handed down today, ahead of a local launch now confirmed for July.
Revealed in January, the new ‘W213’ E-Class comes as a successor to the W212 generation that debuted in 2009 and last received a major makeover in 2013.
The new E-Class shares much in the way of style and technology with its smaller C-Class and larger S-Class siblings, while introducing a number of firsts – including an expansive new dash display that pairs two 12.3-inch screens, and new steering-mounted touchpad controls.
In Australia, the range E-Class launch range will include the 135kW/300Nm E200, 143kW/400Nm E220d and 190kW/620Nm E350d.
The 180kW/370Nm E300 and 245kW/480Nm all-wheel-drive E400 4Matic will debut closer to the end of the year, while the special new 205kW/600Nm E350e plug-in hybrid will debut sometime in 2017.
The E220d features an all-new engine, while the E300 is new to the local range. The E400 being equipped with 4Matic as standard is also a first.
With a full 12 months under their belt, Mercedes-Benz expects the E300 and E400 4Matic models to be the best-selling variants in the range.
Standard features across the Australian E-Class range will include the dual-screen dash display (reserved for high-spec models in Europe), along with the Driver Assistance Package, steering-mounted touchpads and the Avantgarde trim package.
E200 petrol and E220 d diesel models will be equipped with the Agility Control suspension package, which lowers the vehicle by 15mm compared to standard, while models above – E300, E350 and E400 4Matic – will get the high-spec Air Body Control suspension package.
E 300 and upwards will also be equipped with Multibeam LED headlights as standard.
Local pricing and further specifications will be revealed closer to launch. For more on the new E-Class, see our links below.