Just like most of the Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, E class was also heavily redesigned this year, and next couple of years won’t bring radical changes. However, new modern look that it has now should be able to keep this mid-size executive cars lineup fresh for some time. The new and upcoming 2016 Mercedes E Class will be available in fall 2015.
2016 Mercedes E Class Design – Interior and Exterior
New look brought new contemporary lines in order to make E class more appealing to the younger generations. Front end fascia now features stripe-and-a-star or two-stripes-and-a-star grille with big angular lower air intakes and singular laid-back headlights. Out back, there’s a set of angular tail-lights with a chrome garnish between them. All models also feature angular exhaust tips, but have different frame, depending on a body style.
Interior wasn’t heavily redesigned like exterior was, but 2016 year model is still a long way down the road and will likely offer new features and different color arrangements. For instance, it should get new wood grain options, together with new color tones in the cabin. 7-inch touch screen display, E class has is fine, but its COMAND infotainment system isn’t on par and will surely be corrected by then. All models, beside of course convertibles, have standard power sunroof, Bluetooth and USB port, while 14-speaker, 1200-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system with exquisite rendering of sound comes as a part of optional equipment. There’s up to eleven standard airbags and all the standard stability controls on all models. Rearview camera is optional on base model and standard on all others, and so are parking sensors. Advanced safety features include surround-view camera, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlamps, night vision and lane-keeping assist.
Under the Hood
There are six sedans available in 2016 Mercedes E class, and all of them have different powertrain options. Base model is E250 BlueTEC with 195 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque 2.1L twin-turbo diesel I-4 engine. Another unconventional powertrain comes from E400 hybrid model that has 3.5L V6 engine and electric motor which together give 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. E350 and E550 are also available as coupes and convertibles, plus have E350 wagon. No matter what their body type is, they are offered with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque 3.5L V6, and 4.6L biturbo V8 engine with 402 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Lineup is completed with AMG 4Matic sedan which has handcrafted 5.5L AMG biturbo V8 engine with 550 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, or 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque if you opt for a sport model. As already mentioned, wagon is available in E350 version and in sport AMG version with the same engines their sedan siblings have.
2016 Mercedes E Class Price and Fuel Efficiency
Best fuel economy comes from base diesel engine at 28/42 mpg in RWD and 27/38 mpg in 4WD. Rest of the lineup lowers the fuel efficiency to 21/31 mpg for all beside coupe models or 20/28 mpg for coupes. AMG models further reduce the ratings to 15/23 mpg or 15/21 mpg for RWD and 4Matic models respectively.
E class coupes cost and will cost from around $52,000 to $59,000, while cabriolets start at $60,000 and go to $67,000. Sedans cost at least $51,000, while wagons start at $59,000. The most expensive AMG models cost $100,000 and $102,000 for sport sedan and wagon respectively.
There’s still enough time until 2016, but it is already evident that only changes will be in features and interior styling. Mercedes-Benz’s E class is now more modern and offers any type of body and powertrain you can imagine, even in the US market.