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2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Sedan – E-Class with a V6

E300 safety

The redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been heralded as the most technologically advanced vehicles available! New safety features, steering wheel touchpads, Car to X communication and more! The redesign made it more spacious than the previous generation. The interior is beautiful, with a very quiet cabin and high end surfaces. If there was one fault with the car it was the limited engine choices.

The 4-cylinder engine in the E300 is fantastic. It is plenty of power for daily driving and the 9-speed transmission gives it great acceleration. It is smooth, quiet and has excellent fuel economy! I have been on many, many test drives when people did not realize that that the E300 was a 4-cylinder at all. However, it is sometimes hard to convince a V6 driver that the 4-cylinder will be adequate.

The Mercedes-AMG E43 is also a great choice. The AMG-enhanced V6 delivers more power and a more aggressive feel. It has a sporty ride with amazing handling characteristics. For a client looking for a powerful and sporty E-Class this is a good option. However, it is aimed more at performance than luxury. We lacked a middle ground – more power, less sport.

Well, for 2018 Mercedes-Benz USA is correcting this issue! The 2018 E400 4matic sedan will be arriving in the 4th quarter of 2017! Here is what I know:

  • Starts at $58,900
  • Unique standard 18” wheel design
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive is standard
  • 3.0 liter biturbo V6 engine delivers
  • 329hp and 354 lb-ft of torque
  • 9G-TRONIC Transmission
  • Positioned between the E300 and the AMG E43

Our first 2018 E400 sedans are currently in production and should arrive in the US soon. There are still productions slots available for customization that will be ready before the end of the year. So, if you have been holding off on the E-Class, now would be a great time to take another look!

Mercedes-Benz E300 Parking Pilot Demonstration Video

My friend Ben Wayne came by the other day to film Parking Pilot in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300.

Active Parking Assist helps you size up parallel-parking spaces as you drive by, using sensors in the bumper to determine if a spot can fit your car.  It then expertly steers the car into the space while you control the brakes and gear selection.  In any low-speed maneuver, PARKTRONIC’s ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers help detect nearby objects within the system’s field of view.  Audible signals and illuminated displays in the cabin help you navigate tight spaces with confidence.

The system is able to scan for adequate parking spaces at speeds below 22 mph.

Certain vehicles also have the ability to steer the vehicle out of the parking space.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Visits Atlanta Classic Cars!

Cardinal Red E63 AMG

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S came to visit this week! This was my first look at the vehicle and it is impressive. I think it was made even more impressive by the gorgeous Cardinal Red Paint!

Mercedes-AMG E63 engine

The 4.0L V8 birturbo engine is impressive in both specs and looks! It has 603 horsepower and 627 lb/ft of torque and is rated for 0-60 in 3.3 seconds! It has the new AMG Speedshift MCT 9-speed sports transmission and the AMG performance 4matic+. The “+” in 4matic is for the new Drift Mode that makes it rear-wheel drive for more fun!

E63 4matic +This particular vehicle was equipped with the Carbon Ceramic brakes, Premium 3 Package and matte black wheels. Sharp! I was able to go for a short ride in the car and it everything you would expect. It was very quiet and controlled in comfort mode yet wild and loud in Sport+.

E63 interiorThis E63 is equipped with the standard seats, not the sport seats. It was very deeply bolstered and supportive without being too tight. I think this is the right choice if you plan to put a lot of miles on the E63.

E63 grilleThe nose on the E63 is my favorite part! I love the new vertical slats around the star and the functional intakes at the bottom are impressive.

Cardinal red 2018 E63

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 is currently in production and we are hoping for a US release date late this summer. Pricing is not yet available.

Key Highlights

  • AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine
  • Two twin-scroll turbochargers
  • 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque
  • 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds; governed top speed of 186 mph
  • AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT (Multi Clutch Technology) nine-speed sport transmission
  • AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive
  • AMG sport suspension based on AIR BODY CONTROL
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs
  • Rear differential lock for optimal traction
  • Extended wheel arches for greater track width
  • New grill with chrome louvers, vertical black struts, and AMG lettering

Here is a little video I made of the E63 while waiting for my training class to start! Please do subscribe to my YouTube channel for more!

2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 Wagon Arrives at Atlanta Classic Cars!

New Mercedes WagonThe redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 Wagon is here! This is the first one to arrive at Atlanta Classic Cars and I stalked it coming off of the transporter. I have always been a big wagon fan! I am so glad that Mercedes-Benz continues to bring them to the US, even though it is a bit of a niche vehicle! This version has a little bit of a shooting brake profile, don’t you think? Very sporty!

2018 Mercedes WagonThe vehicle has not even been unwrapped! The interior is exactly the same as the E-Sedan (except for the third-row seat). It has a great sweep across the dash and feels very spacious. This particular vehicle has the Macchiato Beige/Black Leather and Burl Walnut wood trim. Classic Wagon!

New E wagonIt just so happens that I was checking in a 2016 E350 wagon for a CPO inspection at the same time and had a chance to park them next to each other. The headlamp shape and lower bumper louvers are the most obvious difference from the front of the car. The 2018 wagon is still available in the Luxury (Elegance) trim. That version would have the stand up star and slatted grille. I have one of those on the way too!

Mercedes E wagonFrom the rear of the vehicle the tail lamp shape is an easy tell. The 2018 also slopes off quite a bit more. That’s where the shooting brake profile comes in. The third row seat is small but still there! It is the perfect size for seven to ten year olds. They need to be big  enough be out of a car seat but under five feet tall. That’s my official opinion.

Mercedes Wagons I’ll try to get these two together again later in the week for a video comparison. If there is anything in particular you want to see please send me an e-mail. jcw@atlantaclassiccars.com

designo Magnolia Flowing Lines Trim in the Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG!

E-Class Magnolia TrimThe 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class started arriving earlier this year but we’ve only been getting the “normal” configurations. These are good looking cars…but we all know what Burl Walnut Wood looks like! Some of the ordered cars have recently started to arrive with exciting colors and options!

E-Class Wood trim

This Mercedes-AMG E43 features a new trim – the designo (say duh-zin-yo) Magnolia Flowing Lines Trim with the Macchiato Beige Leather. What a beauty! I have seen the flowing lines trim in the S-Class before and it really compliments the sweeping lines of the dashboard. It also looks like art deco furniture detailing to me and I love it! The Flowing Lines look is also available in Piano Black rather than the Magnolia which would be incredibly dramatic!

Mercedes Striped Wood

The Macchiato Leather is lighter than Silk Beige but not as light as Porcelain. Having it paired with the dark carpet is a life saver in the maintenance department! I often kick the bottom of the door with my shoes as I exit the vehicle and a light door is my nemesis. This is a good combination of light seats with black accents.

Mercedes Magnolia Flowing Lines E-Class

The center console in the 2017 E-Class will always be the high gloss piano lacquer. That is the area from the central command controller, around the cupholders, up to the air conditioning controls. If you like your interior more matchy-matchy then the Paino Lacquer Flowing Lines would be the way to go! Also, you will need a small microfiber cloth to keep the center console dust free.

Mercedes Magnolia Wood

Look at that detail! You can see the wood grain of the Magnolia and every perfect join on the Flowing Lines. I can’t tell what material the Flowing Lines are made of. Is it metal? Wood? Plastic? Maybe someone out there knows? Please do e-mail me if you know!

Try something different with your next order! The designo Flowing Lines Wood trim would be an attractive addition to any new Mercedes-Benz!

Test Driving the E43 AMG from Atlanta Classic Cars!

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The Redesigned 2018 E-Class Coupe!

Now, let’s see the cabriolet!

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe – Premieres in Detroit!

We’ll see it all in 4 days!

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 at Atlanta Classic Cars!

The 2017 E43 AMG stopped by for training this week! It is scheduled for release in the US November, 2016. I can’t wait to take it for a spin!

Homelink Programming in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300

The 2017 E300 is the first car in a few years with a different Homelink system. Here is what worked for me.

2017 E300 Homelink Programming

Step One: Hold one of the buttons on the bottom of the Mirror (1,2, or 3). Light flashes.

Step Two: At the same time, hold The Button You Want to Program on the remote. Light flashes quickly.

Now your mirror is programmed but you must teach the garage about it. (Love this guy!)

Learn ButtonStep Three: Press then release the Learn Button on the Head Unit of your Garage Door Opener. He’s pointing at it.

Step Four: Press and then release the button on the mirror that you programmed (1, 2, or 3). It might work! If not, press and release again. My garage works on the third try.

You did it! Nice work!

Note: There is a know issue with the 2017 E300 not holding the code. If this happens to you, take it to the service department and ask them to “Add the Operational Codes.” The notice was posted to dealers on June 30th, 2016 and takes less than 30 minutes to update in the car.

(Thanks to Chris in SC for helping me solve this mystery!)

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