2017 Mercedes-Benz E class LWB to launch this March

Mercedes-Benz E class

Last year, Mercedes-Benz confirmed that it would launch new E-class in India by 1st Quarter of 2017. Reportedly, German carmaker will launch new E class by early March this year and company will be introducing the LWB (longer wheelbase) guise. This is for the first time that V213 (LWB) will be launched in India. A media report also claims that selected dealers have started accepting bookings for the car for a token amount of Rs. 2 lakh.

Since it’s a RHD version, Mercedes has to incur huge investment but considering E class popularity in India, it is expected to pay off. Mercedes’ bread and butter model is not only 43mm longer (5099mm length), but also possess wheelbase is a full 65mm larger (3079mm) as compared to standard model. However, length and width has been decreased by 6mm and 2mm and the new model is lighter by 70 kg.

Mercedes-Benz E class

Besides stretched dimensions, E-class LWB gets a three spoke multi function steering wheel with touch sensitive controls, dual 12.3 inch screens featuring instrument cluster and infotainment with handwriting recognition and voice control. There’s a 23 speaker Burmester 3D sound system, central armrest with tablet holder and 40:20:40 seats spilt for added convenience and practicality.

Exact engine details aren’t available yet, however it is likely to get a 3.0 litre V6 turbocharged engine that makes 258PS power and 620Nm of torque. It might also get 2.0 litre petrol and diesel engines, all the powertrains are paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox and start/stop function.

Expect prices to range between Rs. 55- 65 lakhs (ex-showroom) and will take on Jaguar XF, Audi A6 and BMW 5 series. Mercedes will also launch V8 powered AMG variant of E class at a later stage.