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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
I am often asked when we will have "self-driving cars." I say that we do! A Mercedes-Benz equipped with the Driver Assistance Package has just about all it needs to drive by itself. Yes, it still requires a little input from you but it can handle the hard stuff!
When I started with Mercedes-Benz in 2003 Distronic was a $3000 option that only worked at highway speed and could only keep you a set distance behind the car in front of you. Today the Driver Assistance Package costs just about the same and has a suite of features that sound like the future! Radar Adaptive cruise control that works to a complete stop, Steering Assist, Autonomous braking with Collision Prevention Assist and Cross Traffic Detection, and on and on!
Do you use HOLD braking in your Mercedes-Benz? I use it all the time. Constantly. And if I happen to be driving a car that doesn't have it I feel exhausted by having to hold my foot on the brake pedal through a whole red light!
It is amazing how far voice control has come in the last few years! The newer systems understand a wider variety of prompts and seem to be listening better. I rarely need to repeat myself or fight with her about what I REALLY said. Here is a quick video of a couple of commands given in a 2015 S550 (that has the Metallized Ash Wood Trim). Try it!