Get ready to witness a new chapter in the history of luxury saloons as Mercedes-Benz introduces its latest masterpiece – the 2023 Mercedes E-Class. For over 75 years, the E-Class has set the standard in mid-range luxury saloons. Now, the 214 series is paving the way for a seamless transition from combustion engines to electric drive, while offering a comprehensive digital user experience.
European sales partners can expect the first saloon models to arrive in the autumn of 2023. Let’s dive into the exciting details of this groundbreaking vehicle.
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Eye-catching Exterior Design: Classic Proportions and Distinctive Character Lines
The 2023 E-Class boasts a classic three-box saloon design, with a short front overhang and long bonnet that lead into a greenhouse set well back. This “cab-backward” design is elegantly rounded off by a well-proportioned rear overhang. A black panel-like surface connects the radiator grille with the headlamps, visually echoing the Mercedes-EQ models.
Depending on the equipment line, the three-dimensionally designed radiator grille can be either progressive or classic. All E-Class models come with high-performance LED headlamps as standard, with optional DIGITAL LIGHT available both with and without projection function.
Distinctive day and night designs are offered by all headlamp variants, and the iconic “eyebrow” daytime running lights add a touch of brand identity. The bonnet is accentuated with power domes, completing the striking exterior.
MBUX Superscreen: A High-Tech and Luxurious Interior Experience
The dashboard of the new E-Class is the centerpiece of the digital experience in the interior. If equipped with the optional front passenger screen, the large glass surface of the MBUX Superscreen extends to the central display. The driver’s display, visually detached from the Superscreen, remains within the driver’s field of vision.
Models without the passenger display feature a large trim element that extends to the center, with a visually detached central display that appears to float above the concave surface.
The front section of the instrument panel is illuminated by the light strip of the Active Ambient Lighting, which runs in a wide arc from the windscreen, past the A-pillars, and into the doors. This creates a generous feeling of space, complemented by a seemingly free-floating control array in the upper section of the door panels that match the glass surfaces of the screens.
“The new E-Class is even more intelligent, and reaches a new dimension of personalisation and interaction. Thanks to digital innovations, music, games and streaming content can be experienced in the car with almost all senses. The new MBUX Superscreen, for example, offers a large glass surface that extends to the central display.
We have also developed a new compatibility layer that allows the installation of third-party apps. With the new THERMOTRONIC with Digital Vent Control, all nozzles in the front area can be adjusted electrically as if by magic. And with the new routines, the new E-Class can be adapted to personal habits.” said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Chief Technology Officer, Development & Procurement
Increased Spaciousness and Comfort: A Class-Leading Cabin
When it comes to spaciousness, the E-Class is a top contender in its segment. The driver enjoys an additional five millimeters of headroom compared to the previous model. The rear passengers, meanwhile, reap the benefits of the two-centimeter-longer wheelbase, with knee room and maximum legroom increased by 10 and 17 millimeters, respectively.
The elbow width in the rear is now an impressive 1519 millimeters – an increase of 25 millimeters that rivals S-Class dimensions. Luggage capacity reaches up to 540 liters, making the E-Class the perfect blend of luxury and practicality.
Embracing Electrification: Half the Engine Variants as Plug-in Hybrids
The new E-Class sets new standards in efficiency, thanks to systematic electrification and intelligent downsizing. Half of all the models will be fourth-generation hybrids, with this high proportion already achieved at market launch. Three of the six E-Class versions combine the advantages of a combustion engine with those of an electric car.
Both diesel and petrol engines in the E-Class feature intelligent support from an integrated starter-generator (ISG), making them mild hybrids. The power of the electric motor supplements the combustion engine during acceleration, allowing for more efficiency and better performance.
The ISG also enables coasting with the engine switched off, as well as energy recuperation during deceleration. The 48-volt onboard electrical system ensures the smooth functioning of the engine and hybrid components.
The plug-in hybrid models offer impressive electric ranges, enabling local emission-free driving in many cases. With the new E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is expanding its plug-in hybrid offering to cover a broad spectrum of customer needs, from entry-level to high-performance AMG versions.
Safety and Assistance Systems: Innovative Technologies for Enhanced Security
The 2023 E-Class comes equipped with the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz assistance systems, offering a high level of active and passive safety. These systems include the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adaptation, Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, and Active Blind Spot Assist with exit warning.
The optional Driver Assistance Package Plus adds even more cutting-edge features, such as the Intelligent Drive parking system, which supports the driver in searching for a suitable parking space and maneuvers the vehicle into and out of parallel and end-on parking spaces. Additionally, the PRE-SAFE® PLUS system can detect an imminent rear impact and initiate preventative measures to protect occupants.
Customization and Equipment Lines: Tailored to Every Taste
The new E-Class is available in four equipment lines: Standard, Exclusive, AMG Line, and AMG Line Black Series. Each line offers a unique exterior and interior design to suit various preferences. The Standard line is elegant and refined, while the Exclusive line emphasizes luxury and sophistication with additional chrome elements.
For those who prefer a sportier look, the AMG Line features AMG-specific elements, such as a diamond radiator grille, front and rear aprons, and side skirts. The AMG Line Black Series takes it a step further with exclusive black accents and design elements.
Optional equipment packages, such as the Premium Package and the Comfort Package, enhance the overall experience by adding high-end features like a Burmester® surround sound system, panoramic sliding sunroof, and Active Multicontour Seats with massage function.
2023 Mercedes E-Class: The Future Standard of Medium Luxury Saloons Starts Here
The all-new 2023 Mercedes E-Class is the perfect combination of luxury, technology, and efficiency. Its eye-catching design, high-tech interior, spacious cabin, and electrified powertrains set new standards in the luxury saloon segment.
Packed with innovative safety and assistance systems and customizable to individual tastes, the E-Class is poised to be the go-to choice for discerning drivers seeking the ultimate combination of style, comfort, and performance. As European sales partners prepare to welcome the first saloon models in autumn 2023, the world eagerly awaits the arrival of this revolutionary vehicle.
“For over 75 years, the E-Class has stood for superior and comfortable driving, combined with a high-quality and luxurious interior. With the new E-Class, we continue this in a fascinating way, combining the superior driving experience with a digital luxury experience.
At the same time, we are already offering half of all models as hybrids at market launch – with an impressive and therefore extremely practical electric range.” concluded Jörg Bartels, Head of Integration Complete Vehicle Mercedes-Benz AG.