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Topic: E-Class
2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Side-by-Side

Here they are, side-by-side! Can you see all of the differences?

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 Review!

I attended training for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 yesterday. It is not anticipated to hit US showrooms until later this summer so it was great to get a sneak peek!

I saw a variety of paints and interiors, although all were sport models. Here is a video of the test drive cars:

I had several sections of training on the advanced technology, build quality and competitive comparisons.

E300 safety

I was able to test the Parking Pilot, Active Brake Assist, and Distance Pilot Distronic on a closed course. In short, the car is better a recognizing things in the road and helping you to stop on time. Also, it parks itself much faster!

E300 in the wild E300 test drive

I went for a nice long drive in the E300 on both highways and city streets to feel the engine, new 9-speed transmission and overall feel. The 241 horsepower and 279 lb/ft or torque was plenty for me. It is actually a touch faster than the outgoing V6 and significantly more efficient. The 9-speed erases any turbo lag and the overall build quality makes it quieter and more luxurious than ever!

E300 Flowing Lines E300 brown interior E300 Interior

The interior is beautiful. There are lots of new little details that make the E300 more plush and elegant than the outgoing model. There is enough change to be new and exciting but enough similarity that I could figure out the controls easily. I think with a day of practice this E300 will make the systems in the old E feel old.

Overall the all-new Mercedes-Benz E300 will be a great addition to the line-up and I look forward to having it for sale soon! Look for more videos coming today!

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class MSRP – Pricing Announcement

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 should arrive very soon.

The MSRP was just announced: $52,150!

This is almost $1000 LESS than the current E-Class and when you factor in some of the new standard features it is approximately a 10% value enhancement.

New, standard features:

  • COMAND navigation, and its 3 inch high-resolution display and Touchpad Controller
  • 9G-Tronic 9-Speed Transmission w/ DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®
  • Industry-first Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel
  • Industry-first PRE-SAFE® SOUND
  • Active Brake Assist forward collision warning system
  • Full LED headlamps and tail lamps
  • Five years of mbrace® connect including remote start
  • Car-to-X Communication
  • Sirius XM®
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 64-color ambient lighting
  • Power folding and dimming mirrors

I will get to see the E-Class up close and personal during my training event in about 2 weeks. Check back for all of my impressions!

The 2017 E-Class Due This Summer

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the all-new 2017 E-Class. There are great pictures and details available in the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com.

  • Yes, the only engine at launch is the 4-cylinder with 241 horsepower and the same torque as the V6.
  • No, no pricing yet. Probably closer to the launch date.
  • Yes, it looks like a mixture of C-Class and S-Class with some new twists thrown in!
  • No, I haven’t seen it yet. My training is June 9th and that is likely the first time I’ll see it.
  • Yes, you can order one now.
Mercedes-Benz at the 2016 Atlanta Auto Show!

I went, I saw, I was impressed!

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Debut

Mercedes-Benz and Apple CarPlay Annoucement!

Apple CarPlay® is designed to allow the same clean, simple interface that users enjoy on their iPhone® to be also shown on their vehicle’s display.

Functionality of Apple CarPlay® includes:

  • Making and receiving calls (Phone)
  • Reading and dictating text messages (Messages)
  • Navigation to and from locations (Maps)
  • Music streaming (Beats 1, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Sticher, Rdio)
  • Podcast and audio book streaming (Audiobooks.com, Audible, MLB At Bat, CBS Radio News)
  • Use of Siri voice-control across the CarPlay® platform

CLA, GLA, B-Class from December 1 Production: Smartphone Integration Package $350 or Included with Multimedia Package

E-Class, CLS-Class from December 1 Production: Included with premium 1 Package

GLE-Class from January 8 Production: Included with premium 1 Package

Aircap Demonstration Video in the E-Class Cabriolet!

I filmed this yesterday driving up and down Meadow Church Road. Aircap really is a difference maker in the convertible experience.

Four Shades of Grey – Palladium vs. Selenite vs. Mountain vs. Steel

For 2016, Selenite Grey has been made available on many models and Palladium Silver has been discontinued. I was trying to describe this color as the New Palladium but the more I looked at it, the less Palladium it looked. So, I pulled together all of my greys and here is what I came up with!

From Left to Right: Palladium Silver S550, Selenite Grey E350, Mountain Grey CLA250 and Steel Grey C300

Selenite

I think Palladium is lighter and has more gold than Selenite.

Steel gray

If you compare the Steel C300 (closest) to the Mountain Grey CLA250, the Steel looks very blue and the Mountain looks a touch brown.

I think this is the best light/angle I captured to show the different colors.

I hope there is a color or paint expert out there that can tell me how to explain these! Until then it will remain light grey, medium grey and dark grey.

Happy New Year! It is 2016 in Mercedes-Benz World!

The first of the 2016 models have arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars and there are a lot more on the way! Now is the time to do your research, see what’s new and get in an order if you want to be the first one to have the latest and greatest!

The AMG GTS is here!

AMG GTS

The first 2016 E-Classes have arrived!

The 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is on the showroom floor!

Atlanta Maybach

There are also a flurry of releases just on the horizon. Check out the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com for the best pictures and current information.

Don’t be that last to know about the C63 AMG, GLE-Class and coupe, SLC-Class and more!

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