After a teaser that showcased its interior design, the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has finally been fully unveiled to the public. Now on its 11th generation, the E-Class bridges the new-age looks and tech of Mercedes-Benz’s EQ models with the classic styling and elegance that its traditional nameplates have always been known for.
That’s immediately reflected in the way it looks. The E-Class has always set itself apart with its quad-headlights, but that design trait ended when the facelifted 9th-generation model was introduced. For this latest iteration, a hint of the quad-headlight motif is showcased with the curvature of the headlights, but along with it is a grille that’s framed in gloss black–echoing the design motif of the EQ range of electric vehicles (EVs).
The star motif of Mercedes-Benz is used as an intricate pattern for the grille, while on the sides, a sharp character line runs from the LED headlights and then reappears again as it goes through the LED taillights. Speaking of the LED taillights, the graphics are composed of two Mercedes stars on each end, giving this midsize luxury sedan a very distinct glow at night. Other design flourishes include flushed door handles that pop out when the vehicle is unlocked, along with adaptive matrix LED lights with their Digital Light technology.
Things get even crazier when you go inside the new E-Class. We’ve done a comprehensive deep dive on the interior of this new E-Class in a prior article, which explains every major feature in its optional Superscreen that’s a step below the Hyperscreen found in the EQE and EQS. Basically, with Superscreen, the E-Class comes with two screens–including one for the front passenger, that’s housed in a single glass piece.
The driver, on the other hand, takes a look at the main instrument cluster with an optional 3D display. Mercedes says it’s a segment-first technology because it manages to make the digital gauges look three-dimensional without the use of 3D glasses thanks to its unique pixel structure and LCD aperture grille, which they say causes the left and right eye to see different pixels.
As a recap, the MBUX operating system in the new E-Class–which will also be carried over to other models, is now able to install third-party apps via the brand’s own app store. This allows owners to install apps such as TikTok, Zoom, Webex, and Angry Birds. In particular, the social media apps allow the use of the built-in selfie camera for varying purposes. Lastly, a 21-speaker Burmester 4D surround sound system with Dolby Atmos support can be equipped as an optional extra.
Electrified powertrains come as standard in the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but if you want a fully electric version, that’s the EQE’s role. The range kicks off with the E200, which uses a 2.0-liter turbo engine and a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that delivers 201 hp, while the range-topping model for the mild-hybrid range is the E450, which uses a 3.0-liter inline-six that delivers 375 hp. There’s also a single diesel option in the form of the E200d, which uses a 2.0-liter turbo diesel that’s likewise mated to a 48-volt mild hybrid system. This model produces 194 hp and is expected to be one of the most frugal models available.
Plug-in hybrid versions are also offered called the E300e and E400e, and all of those have a 2.0-liter turbo in varying states of tune that’s mated to a 127 hp electric motor that offers up to 100 km of electric range on both models. The E300e produces 308 hp while the E400e offers 376 hp.
The 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is indeed a huge step forward in many respects, and it’s expected to reach dealers in Europe and North America before the end of the year. A Philippine launch is likely to happen next year. In addition, BMW already announced that it’s going to debut the next-generation 5 Series in October which means that the E-Class will soon be sharing the same spotlight as well.
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