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In March, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 2021 E-Class All-Terrain Wagon complete with a handful of updates and confirmed that it is coming to the United States.
The high-riding version of the E-Class Wagon follows the same recipe of rivals like the Audi A6 Allroad and Volvo V90 Cross Country with features including an increased ride height and black body cladding. The E-Class All-Terrain also features a bespoke front grille and a distinctive skid plate. It all looks rather nice and the car was recently put through its paces by Autogefühl.
The example tested is the E450 4Matic All-Terrain. As such, it is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with EQ Boost technology producing 362 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque, while the 48-volt mild-hybrid system adds an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque, for a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time in approximately 5 seconds.
Like the regular E-Class, the interior of the 2021 All-Terrain is extremely nice and filled with loads of impressive technologies. A good portion of the interior review focuses on the MBUX infotainment system that houses features like the ambient lighting and massage seats.
The review then shifts to the Autobahn. Thee car is put through its paces at cruising speeds of 124 mph (200 km/h), with the presenter noting that it remains stable and is very quiet.
New Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been named Car of the Year by MotorTrend.
This year, the publication gathered together 18 different vehicles and 30 variants, including the likes of the Audi S4, BMW 4-Series, Cadillac CT4, Chrysler Pacifica, Genesis G80, Genesis G90, Kia K5, and the Polestar 2, among others. Six finalists were then chosen; the BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe, Hyundai Sonata, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Nissan Sentra, and the Porsche Taycan.
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In determining its Car of the Year, MotorTrend has six key criteria for each car that it tests. These include Advancement in Design, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value, and Performance of Intended Function. MotorTrend tested the new E-Class in a handful of guises during its 10-day testing programme, including the E 350, E 450, Convertible, Coupe, and the all-conquering E 63 S Wagon. It walked away the winner.
Interestingly, the 2021 E-Class isn’t an all-new car, as many of the other vehicles in the Car of the Year test were. Instead, the 2021 model is a facelift of the W213 generation E-Class that has been in production since earlier 2016. While it may only be a facelift, Mercedes has made significant improvements to the car.
“They could have slapped on some new body panels, updated the engines, and called it a day,” MotorTrend’s Jonny Lieberman said of the 2021 model. “But the engineers went the extra mile. They pulled the all-nighter. Put in the hard work. The result? Car of the Year.”
The MotorTrend team added that the 2021 E-Class is made all the more impressive by the fact that each and every variant and body style excels in all conditions. For example, the pre-facelift E-Class Convertible had terrible cowl shake, according to Lieberman, but the 2021 model “feels like an E-Class: solid, refined, luxurious, better than the competition.”
Mercedes has introduced the most prestigious edition of the S-Class, namely its Maibach version.
"For those who are looking for something exceptional, what other brands can't offer," say Mercedes representatives when talking about their new flagship. There is a lot to be said about the S-Class, which, with due respect to all competitors, is still a leader in its segment and a car that sets standards.
So, how to raise such a car, which is in itself a synonym for prestige, to an even higher level? The answer lies in the Maibach treatment and attention to the smallest details. So, let’s say every Maibach S class has a unique two-tone body. Painting is done by hand, and this whole process can take up to a week for one car.
As Mercedes says in press materials for the media, the Maibach S-Class is completely subordinated to the passengers in the back seats. Thus, the 18 cm longer wheelbase of this luxury sedan (as opposed to the extended S-Class) gave the addition of comfort for passengers in the rear of the vehicle.
When looking at the exterior of the Maybach version, the differences are clear compared to the standard model. A new grille with vertically placed chrome dividers is placed in front. From the side, we can see that the rear door is larger than the "ordinary" class S, while on the C pillar there is a Maibach mark. Speaking of the last door, it can be opened by pressing a button with the driver's seat, so that the driver does not have to leave the vehicle for passengers to enter.
The digitization that we saw with the new generation S class continued with the Maibach edition, and wherever you look, you can see it on a screen. In front of the driver, then on the center console, in the back of the front seats, between the rear seats ... Of course, the emphasis is on comfort and the comfort will be unprecedented for the passengers in the back.
They are privileged, so they have the possibility of massage in the seats, and even massaging the lower legs, and their seats also have neck heaters. In addition, there is a new ambient lighting system that can be commanded by voice or simple hand gestures. Mercedes especially emphasizes the Maibach S class model, which offers absolute silence in the vehicle.
When it comes to driving, the Maibach S-Class takes over the range of engines that the standard model also offers. So, through six-cylinder units, but also V8 and probably V12 propulsion units. However, not all engines will be available globally, as certain versions will only be reserved for certain markets.
The variant with V8 engine is marked S580 Maibach and is distributed with 496 hp and 700 Nm. Power is transmitted to all points via a nine-speed automatic transmission, there is also a mild hybrid system of 48 V to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Mercedes has not announced details about the V12 version, and the question remains whether it will be offered at all.
Such a long sedan will not be easily turned in the conditions of urban exploitation, so Mercedes decided to give Maibach variants of steering and rear wheels, which significantly reduces the turning circle. In addition, the S-Class Maibach is a fully adaptable air suspension, which transforms the car from a sporty beast into a comfortable cruiser.
During the presentation, it was announced that it will upgrade the electric counterpart of the S class - EKS, it will have its own version of Maibach, which will include this subbrand in the EV model. Maybach is of great importance for the whole of Mercedes, and the head of this brand, Ola Kelenius, has already announced a further diversification of the offer of ultra-luxury vehicles.
Thus, the Mercedes-Maibach S-Class already boasts excellent sales, especially in China. Since this model hit the market in 2015, more than 60,000 units have been sold, of which about 700 units were delivered in China in 2019. Maybach definitely has a bright future.
The E-Class’s mid-life facelift is limited to a few minor styling changes and some tweaks to the cabin, but it remains an all-round impressive package. It’s still not as sharp as a BMW 5 Series to drive, but the interior blows its rival out the park; some of the tech feels like a bit of a gimmick, but quality, fit and finish are second to none. The E-Class now offers true S-Class luxury at a fraction of the price.
Executive saloons are consistently popular with UK car buyers and still take a sizeable slice of the new car market. However, the sector is changing, with many buyers and fleet managers turning away from diesel in favour of plug-in hybrid drivetrains.
Therefore it’s fitting that our first taste of the facelifted Mercedes E-Class comes in the shape of the E 300 e plug-in. The revisions are limited to a handful of cosmetic tweaks and cabin upgrades with revised infotainment, but the 300 e’s engine and electric motor have been left well alone.
The new infotainment system is an improvement, thanks to the updated and responsive touchpad; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both included, and are much more intuitive to use now that the screen can be operated via touch.
The upgraded cabin also features a new steering wheel, with two pairs of thin spokes branching out from the hub. They’re festooned with buttons, which is slightly confusing at first, but no hardship once you’re familiar with it. It also features ‘capacitive hands-off detection’ for use in conjunction with the adaptive cruise control, which includes route and road-based speed adjustment.
The E-Class’s overall feeling of quality is impossible to ignore. From the plush seats to the leather-trimmed doors and centre console, it’s hard to see where Mercedes’ new S-Class flagship will improve on the E-Class’s winning formula. The cabin is perhaps less driver-focused than that of a BMW 5 Series, but you can’t argue with the faultless fit and finish.
Every E-Class bound for the UK gets twin 12.3-inch digital screens as standard; previously, entry-level cars used a set of analogue dials paired with a large central infotainment display. New LED lights also feature, alongside 17-inch alloys, heated leather seats and a suite of safety kit.
If you’re after the sharpest-handling executive saloon, then the 5 Series still edges the Merc, while the latest Audi A6 arguably pips it for involvement, too. The E 300 e wafts along in a way the BMW can’t, yet it can feel disconnected from the road at times; fine on the motorway, but less engaging on a twisting country road.
The upside of this is that the Mercedes rides well at high speeds – especially on our car’s 18-inch wheels. It’s not perfect around town, but driver and passengers are shielded from the very worst lumps and bumps. Smaller potholes are of little concern, and even larger ones are absorbed with reasonable confidence.
With no changes to the hybrid model’s powertrain or chassis, the E 300 e retains its 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor. Combined they produce 316bhp and an impressive 700Nm of torque. As such, performance isn’t lacking; the electrical system’s instant torque allowing access to all that power from a standstill.
Despite its prodigious output, the four-cylinder motor can sound a little strained when you floor the throttle and extend it into the upper rev range. Still, the E-Class more than makes up for this with its incredible refinement – especially when running around on electricity.
Mercedes still claims an electric-only range of around 32 miles on a full charge, and our test drive showed this is a realistic estimate. Even on faster roads, the E-Class’s range read-out dropped very nearly in line with actual mileage covered. The various drive modes allow you to prioritise or hold battery power, or let the system work out what’s best for maximum efficiency.
The transition between petrol and electric power isn’t perhaps quite as smooth as it could be, but you’re unlikely to notice the car switching between the two in normal driving. We’d recommend using the battery hold function as much as possible; there’s nothing quite as satisfying as running around town on electric power alone – especially at the end of a long journey.
Charging the E-Class plug-in hybrid is pretty straightforward, thanks to the fact that every E 300 e comes with two cables – one to use with a wallbox or at public charge points, and one for standard three-pin domestic sockets. Owners using the latter are able to top up the battery in around five hours, or just 90 minutes using a 7.4kW home wallbox. There’s no option for high-speed CCS rapid charging, though.
One thing to take into consideration is that the battery does eat into boot space quite significantly, reducing the overall capacity by 100 litres to 370 litres.
Of course, the main reason many buyers will opt for a plug-in hybrid over a diesel is for the generous tax breaks. The plug-in car grant no longer covers PHEVs, but the E 300 e’s low CO2 emissions mean company car drivers can take advantage of an appealing Benefit-in-Kind rating of 10 per cent for the current tax year. In this regard, an E 220 d can’t come close, although the E 300 de diesel plug-in will hold even greater appeal than the petrol for high-mileage drivers. Read more > https://mercedes-world.com/e-class/mercedes-benz-e300e-amg-review
Mercedes-Benz has already announced a real revolution in the segment of electric models, so several novelties from the EQ family are expected in the coming period. The smallest among them will be EQA, which arrives next year.
Although it was primarily said that compact Mercedes models will arrive only in 2025, today the German manufacturer showed a video in which it announces the smallest model EQA for next year.
This model will be a counterpart to the GLA class in terms of base and dimensions. So, it is a small crossover, but with an electric drive, and of course, a slightly different design.
Recall that future Mercedes EQ power models will be developed on two platforms: EVA for oversized models and MMA for medium and compact electric models. EQA (GLA class) and EQB (GLB class) will be based on the second.
It is speculated that the EQA could use two electric motors (one on each axle), with a total power of 268 hp. Also, the range is expected to be around 400 km.
While we are waiting for most of the novelties, some electric "Mercedes" are already known to the public, and they are: EQC (electric GLC), then EQV (V-class on electricity), as well as EQS, whose premiere is expected soon.
The EQS will practically be an S-class on electricity, which the Nova.rs portal has already written about, so find out the details about the luxury sedan, which are known so far, at this link.
Take a look at the first spy shots from driving the smallest electric Mercedes.
Poland-based Auto Dynamics just unloaded its new tuning package for the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S codenamed as “Charon”. On the outside, the Merc appears almost the same as its standard version but as the saying goes, “beauty is only skin-deep”, there’s more to the car than what the eye can see.
Beneath the hood of the base AMG C 63 S lies a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. However, thanks to the AD850+ performance package of the tuner, additional 340 hp and 200 lb-ft can be squeezed out from the car, which brings its total output to a whopping 843 hp and 716 lb-ft of torque.
The package includes an ECU tuning as well as a new set of TTE turbochargers, a sports catalyst, Supersprint downpipes, and cat-back exhaust system with adjustable valves from Remus Innovation. The power modifications are also complemented by Eventuri carbon-fiber intake with upgraded air intakes for better air circulation, Weistec ASV/BOV blow-off adapter, Wagner Tuning carbon air injectors, and Weistec sump for the AMG Speedshift transmission.
Meanwhile, the exterior of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S gets a mild makeover with the AD Black Star body kit of Auto Dynamics. The package includes a blacked-out Panamericana grille, door handles, and the tuner’s badges. Lastly, it is topped off with a set of 20-inch BBS wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot 4S tires complete with lowering springs by Eibach and Fischer Stahlflex brake lines.
If you were going to list the key attributes any executive saloon needed to posses, it would read like a checklist for the new Mercedes E-Class: style, space, comfort and an element of luxury, efficiency, performance and technology.
The updated E received a mid-life boost earlier this year, which elevated it to the top of its class. As well as some styling tweaks designed to bring its look into line with newer models of the family, Mercedes’ revised MBUX infotainment system, complete with twin 12.3-inch screens, was key to the upgrades.
With more connectivity, sharper graphics and features such as augmented reality for the sat-nav, it’s as advanced as in-car tech comes. That’s supported by the availability of Mercedes’ excellent semi-autonomous driver aids – which will help take the strain off during the long motorway trips cars like this routinely make – as well as a strong level of safety tech, because these saloons (the E-Class is also available as an estate, coupé or convertible) double as family transport for many buyers, too.
There’s pure-diesel power, mild-hybrid petrol or a pair of plug-ins available. The E 220 d is still the entry point, and a fine power unit with even more refinement, but for business users the E 300 e (petrol) and E 300 de (diesel) EQ Power plug-ins could be of more interest, with a claimed all-electric range of 34 miles for both cars and efficiency of up to 235.4mpg for the diesel PHEV. When you consider that it takes just 90 minutes to recharge its 13.5kWh battery using a home wallbox, it shows how far this class has come.
The E-Class rides as well as ever, absorbing bumps with a languid flow to its damping to deliver plenty of comfort to occupants. While the saloon handles well enough, it’s the refinement and quality the Mercedes offers that’s key.
New versions of rivals are set to hit the market soon, with updated plug-in powertrains, so the Mercedes faces a stiff challenge in the future, but the ability that has cemented the E-Class in top spot in this Executive Car class means it has the potential to reign supreme for some time to come.
Mercedes E 220 d AMG Line (£41,555)
AMG Line trim offers style and substance, with nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of the dual-widescreen infotainment display, plus heated seats and wireless phone charging on top of some strong safety kit. The 220 d engine combines refinement, punch and efficiency, claiming economy of 53.3mpg.
With a plug-in model joining the range, the high-tech, well built and spacious A6 delivers an incredible breadth of ability across the range. Audi’s usual level of infotainment and quality means the A6 is a tempting alternative to the E-Class.
If you don’t want a German saloon but do like the idea of electrification, with plug-in hybrid power offering huge performance and efficiency potential, the Volvo S90 offers a slice of Scandi cool with real eco appeal, too.