BMW isn't the only German automaker to make a stretched version of their mid-sized sedan. Mercedes-Benz has a response to the 5 Series Long in the form of the new E-Class L. But instead of just adding a few inches between the wheels, Mercedes-Benz took the extra effort of making it different from the standard model from the center to the back.
From the front until the middle, it looks like any other E-Class out there, albeit the facelifted version. However, the rear doors are much longer, making it look squarish compared to the standard-wheelbase model. As a result, even the windows are more upright, and the third window is similar to the ultra-luxury Mercedes-Maybach S-Class models. Park the standard and extended wheelbase versions side by side and, the visual differences are noticeable. We're not even talking about length yet.
The E-Class L is longer than the standard-length models by 142 mm, which is about 5.6 inches. That's an even longer stretch than its main competitor, the 5 Series Long. The wheelbase, on the other hand, is 140 mm, or roughly 5.5 inches, longer than the regular E-Class. That explains why Mercedes-Benz had to change the look of the extended E-Class over the standard model.
With the extra length of the E-Class L comes more luxuries and amenities inside, particularly at the back seats. It comes with features worthy of being fitted in the S-Class, such as special rear seats that can slide and recline. The headrests even come with pillows built-in for more comfortable riding experience. Meanwhile, the panoramic glass roof allows the occupants to enjoy the view above.
On the technology front, the new 7-inch rear touch screen allows you to adjust the atmosphere lights, multimedia, rear-seat massage, and other functions. The touchscreen even lets you operate the front center display, so you don't need to tell the chauffeur to change any of the settings.
Now, for the engines and it starts with the E260 L. Powering this long sedan is a 2.0-liter turbo with 184 PS and 280 Nm of torque. If those specs sound familiar, that's because it's essentially the E200 engine. The E300 L also uses a 2.0-liter turbo, but it has more power at 258 PS and 370 Nm of torque. Then there's the E350 L 4Matic and, no, it doesn't have a six-cylinder engine. Instead, it still uses a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo, but it does make 299 PS and 400 Nm of torque.
There are only two countries that Mercedes-Benz offers the E-Class L, and none of them include the Philippines. The E-Class L is sold in mainland China, which isn't a surprise since that market is home to the long-wheelbase models. The other country it's offered in India, making them the only country that has this unique model in right-hand-drive.
The chances of the E-Class L landing in the Philippines are slim, but we're not complaining. Besides, the standard E-Class is already a pretty long sedan. If you need even more space in your Mercedes-Benz sedan, there's always the flagship S-Class.