Model Year 2019 is just around the corner! Mercedes-Benz is beginning to firm up the offerings of engines and options and has recently announced the E-Class.
E300, E400, E53 and E63 will be the choices for the sedan. We had heard rumor of an E350 but that has been canceled. If you ordered an E350 with your dealer you need to revise your order info!
From MBUSA: For MY19, the E-Class Sedan will continue with the 2.0L inline-4 cylinder E300, and the previously announced E350 Sedan will not be available.
Now you know!
Over the last few years our core line-up of sedans has developed a "common design language." This is generally a good thing as it elevates the appearance of all of the sedans and strengthens the Mercedes-Benz family resemblance.
However, for the average person that means it is harder and harder to tell the classes apart! I will admit that from a distance or while the car is moving even I can have trouble telling one from the other. Throwing in something tricky like a Luxury E-Class or a C43 can make it even more challenging!
Here is the secret:
The C-Class, the smallest sedan, has one eyebrow in the headlight. The medium-sized E-Class has two and the flagship S-Class has three. Pretty easy to tell them apart now, right? So easy!
A similar system is employed for the tail lamps too but from the back of the car you usually have the benefit of badging to help you identify which vehicle you are seeing. But be careful! There is an option from the factory to delete badging and some customers choose to debadge cars after the fact as well. You'd hate to be caught out! And what about those very bad Mercedes-Benz owners who add a fake badge to the car? Now you'll know that that E63 is really a C-Class!
Now, there are exceptions. This only works since the 2018 S-Class received a facelift with the new 3-stripe headlamps. Also, the most basic C-Classes can have halogen headlights with no eyebrows at all. The SUVs and the coupes don't participate in this easy to decipher head lamp system.
Next time you see Mercedes-Benz in a parking lot you'll be able to casually say "That's an E-Class" without having to walk to the back to look at the badging! Consider yourself a Mercedes-Benz expert!
So, you drive one of the most technologically advanced vehicles in the world but you really like listening to CDs? I have heard this a surprising number of times since the 2017 E300 arrived without a CD player and the 2018 S-Class was not far behind. I had this same issue when the 2003 E-Class was the first car to arrive without a tape deck. I wonder what comes after Bluetooth streaming? Usually once all of my clients become comfortable with a technology is about the time the next new things arrives to shake it up!
Mercedes heard you still listen to CDs and has come up with a solution so you can be a little old-school. I have not seen this in person but it looks pretty simple and would not interfere with the scent diffuser. I bet if your got really crafty you could fit an 8-track in there too. 🙂
The accessories team is pleased to announce the availability of the NEW CD player retrofit suitable for select E-Class and S-Class vehicles. The retrofit accessory CD player supports all current music formats and is fully integrated into the operating logic of the vehicle. Artist, album, title and cover art image are shown on the vehicles central display and the CD drive is discreetly installed in the glove compartment to protect it from prying eyes.
CD ripping on to the head unit music register is not possible (this feature is not available in NTG5.5)
Single CD drive only
Functions: play, pause, stop, search forward/backward, track increment/decrement, direct track selection (Track “n”), disk check, CD-Text
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
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!
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 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!
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!
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+.
This 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.
The 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.
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.
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!
The 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!
The 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!
It 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!
From 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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
The 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!