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DaimlerChyrsler AG exhibits new generation E-Class

DaimlerChyrsler AG exhibits new generation E-Class image

Text: / Photos: | posted August 31, 2006 00:00

Energy. Exhilaration. Extensively full of extravagance. The aforementioned words (and other positive words starting with the letter "E") aptly describe the Mercedes Benz E-Class, from its 1960s progenitor to the 2005 model.

Now, the E-Class gets even more exciting. Recently CATS Motors Inc. (official distributor of Mercedes Benz vehicles in the country) launched the newest exemplification of Western Europe's number one archetypal luxury saloon in 2005.

New outside, inside and safety standards

A revamped front-end design reflects the dynamism, power, poise and assurance of the new generation E-Class. The bumper and radiator grille feature a pronounced V-shape, which epitomises power and forward motion.

Mercedes Benz enhanced the familiar twin-headlamp face of the E-Class by adding transparent louvres to the top section of the headlamps, producing a striking light effect when switched on. And for the first time white LEDs (light emitting displays) have been used as parking lights. Mercedes-Benz has further accentuated the dynamic appearance of the E-Class on all model variants with side skirts and rear bumper in the Avantgarde design.

Inside, the new generation model differs from the outgoing model with new eye-catching colours, a new four-spoke steering wheel featuring elliptical thumb-operated buttons and a new control unit for the standard Thermatic automatic climate control. The Mercedes designers have also redefined the coordinated colour schemes, upholstery and materials; for the Avantgarde line in particular there are two new colours (cognac brown and sahara beige), which add an extra touch of refinement in conjunction with the black roof lining.

Pioneering innovations help the E-Class continue to set the pace of passenger car safety in its market segment. A standard safety feature of the E-Class is a Pre-Safe« system (first introduced in the 2002 S-Class) whose "reflexes" respond before an impending collision by activating protection measures for the driver and front passenger. As a result, the seatbelt and airbag provide maximum protection in the event of a collision.

The standard-fit Neck-Pro head restraints on the E-Class are equally unique. During a rear impact the sensor-controlled head restraints are moved forward to provide protection for the driver's and front passenger's heads within milliseconds. The crash-responsive head restraints prevent the upper spinal column from bending as a result of the accident, reducing the risk of whiplash injuries, one of the most common accident injuries costing around eight billion euros annually in the European Union.

Energy under the hood and on the tarmac

Moving the 1580-1990kg curb weight (depending on the variant available) of the seventh generation E-Class are powerful gasoline engines that range from 184hp and 250Nms of torque (for the E 200 models) to 231hp and 300Nms of torque (for the E 280 models), all mated to a five-speed automatic transmission (a/t) for the E 200 cars or close-ratio seven-speed 7G-Tronic a/t (for the E 280 variants).

The new generation of the successful Mercedes model series looks more dynamic, delivers more power and also offers even more agile handling. DIRECT CONTROL makes this possible: with this standard-fit package the Mercedes engineers have made remarkable progress in terms of handling dynamics, without compromising the combination of safety and long-distance comfort, the consistent hallmark of the E-Class Saloon and Estate.

Increasing the direct steering by around 10 percent makes the EClass more responsive to steering movements. Nonetheless the E-Class continues to reassure drivers with its superb handling safety and stability. Newly developed spring link bearings also support lateral forces more effectively when cornering and enhances the car's neutral cornering characteristics. The Elegance and Avantgarde models also come with rebound buffer springs, which effectively limit body roll when cornering.

The Adaptive Brake system is taken from the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and provides new safety and comfort features thanks to the electronic control of the hydraulic dual-circuit brakes. An automatic tyre pressure loss warning system also forms part of the extended standard equipment on the E-Class.

The E-Class comes in four variants: the P 3.980 million E 200 Classic, the P4.280 million E 200 Kompressor Sport, the P 4.880 million E 280 Elegance and the P 5.180 million E 280 Avantgarde. With four E-Class flavors to choose from, all one has to do is exercise his or her checkbook and head to the two Mercedes Benz dealerships, either along EDSA Greenhills or within Fort Bonifacio Global City (Taguig).