The new Mercedes-Benz E class, launched in 2007 is equipped with engines which are more powerful compared to the previous models. It also includes subtle changes in styling, new elements in the interior and some new elements related to safety and handling. The E class almost epitomizes the brand of Mercedes-Benz. It is Mercedes’ best selling class worldwide and among the company’s best selling models within the United States.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz E classconsists of a line of big and roomy sedans, which are safe, solid, comfortable, practical, fast and luxurious. Yet their operating cost, when it comes to fuel economy and maintenance are quite reasonable. The E-class is equipped with the automotive industry’s most modern and advanced safety features. It expresses the Mercedes hallmark of understated elegance and status.
There have been changes in the nomenclature of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E class, due to the new engines the trims in this class have been equipped with. The E500 sedan has been renamed as the E550 sedan, due to the fact that it is equipped with a 5.5 lt. V8 engine which was first used in the 2006 S class. The E550’s has a double overhead engine which yields 382 hp as compared with the 302 hp generated by the earlier single overhead V8 engine. Yet due to its seven-speed transmission which is automatic it yields the same mileage as the earlier less powerful engine. The E550 4matic retains its earlier automatic five-speed transmission. The E350 is benefited by a V6 engine which was upgraded the previous year and is manufactured both as a sedan and as a wagon.
The new E320 Bluetec, which replaced the E320 CDI, is an apt example of how advanced the car diesel engine technology has become. The E320 Bluetec has an exhaust system which is sophisticated along with a common-rail and direct-injection turbo diesel engine, which in the year 2007 made it the only passenger car in the United States which was diesel-powered. It has 210 hp. And 388 pound-feet torque. It also has the fuel average of 27city/37highway mpg.
Also new in the year 2007 are the E3 AMG wagon and sedan models. The totally new 507hp, 6.2 lt. V8 engine puts the E63 in the category of the fastest of all E class models built. It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and has 18mph as its top speed. Yet the AMGs feature all the luxury features which are expected in upper end cars in the market.
The E350s are equipped with a V6, 3.5 lt. engine. The E350 sedan has a seven-speed transmission which is automatic while the 4Matic which is an all-wheel drive sports a five-speed transmission which is automatic. The standard safety features on all models include 2 front air bags; there are side-impact airbags for both rear and front passengers and a head protection curtain. The other safety features include anti-skid technology and the latest model of ABS. The E class is hence the best of the Mercedes-Benz line.
Engine: 4 out of five: The V8 is par excellence
Transmission: 3 out of 5: There is a 5-speed transmission
Handling: 4 out of 5: Very good handling
Value: 4 out of 5: Very good value for money if one is looking for the Mercedes hallmark of understated class and excellent technology
Engine: 6.2 liter V8 engine capable of 507 hp
Max. Torque: 388 pound feet torque
Body: galvanized steel with special coat of scratch resistant paint.