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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Introduction


The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E 400 sedan, coupe, wagon and cabriolet are all new, bigger, better looking, and more efficient than the previous versions. They follow the Mercedes-Benz E 300 sedan, which was all new for 2017. Longer, lower and wider, these E-Class models are loaded with technology, including semi-autonomous driving features.

2018 E-Class rivals include the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS, Jaguar XF, Cadillac CTS, Tesla Model S, and even the S-Class.

In its lineup of four body styles, the E-Class uses turbocharged engines of four, six and eight cylinders; rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and high-performance AMG models. The cars’ performance characteristics can be changed and tuned to the drivers’ liking with drive modes, adaptive suspensions and tunable steering. This review will be kind of generic, since a hundred iterations of E-Class could be described.

Base engine in the E 300 is a turbo four making 241 horsepower. The E 400 takes a twin-turbo V6 making 329 horsepower, with all-wheel drive.

The E-Class sedan runs the board in crash testing with the NHTSA, five stars in every test. The IIHS gives it Top Safety Pick Plus.

Every E-Class has forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, LED headlamps, and a sound alert that makes a noise at you when the car thinks you’re not paying attention to the road. In a crash, the seat bolsters tighten. A rearview camera comes standard on 2018 E-Class models.

The optional self-driving system is called Drive Pilot, and costs more than $10,000. It can change lanes automatically when the lane is clear and the driver signals for two seconds. It can follow, accelerate, and stop behind other cars in traffic at speed as high as 130 mph. It can follow lanes at speeds up to 81 mph even when the lanes aren’t well marked. The system can squeeze the brakes when oncoming traffic veers into your lane, and it can add force to the steering when the driver makes an evasive maneuver.

The rear-wheel drive E 300 sedan gets 22 miles per gallon City, 30 Highway, 25 Combined.

The all-wheel-drive E 400 4MATIC sedan gets 20/27/23 mpg; the coupe and cabriolet get 22 mpg Combined, and the wagon and AMG E 43 sedan get 21 mpg Combined.

The powerful E 63 sedan or wagon with a V8 engine gets 15/22/18 mpg.

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