|Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Executive car (E)|
|Body style||4-door saloon|
2-door coupé (C238)
2-door cabriolet (A238)
|Layout||FR / F4 (4Matic)|
|Related||Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W212 facelift)|
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (C257)
2.0 L M270 turbocharged I4
2.0 L M274 turbocharged I4
2.0 L M264 turbocharged I4
3.0L M256 I6 turbocharged
3.0 L M276 V6 Bi-Turbo
4.0 L M177 V8 Bi-Turbo
2.0 L OM654 turbo-diesel I4 (2016-)
3.0 L OM642 turbo-diesel V6 (2016-2018)
2.9 L OM656 turbo-diesel I6 (2018-)
2.0 L M270 Plug-in hybrid turbocharged I4
3.0 L M256 AMG-enhanced with EQ Boost turbocharged I6
|Transmission||9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic|
6-speed manual (-2018)
|Wheelbase||2,939 mm (115.7 in) (2017: Sedan)|
|Length||4,923 mm (193.8 in) (2017: Sedan)|
|Width||1,852 mm (72.9 in) (2017: Sedan)|
|Height||1,468 mm (57.8 in) (2017: Sedan)|
|Curb weight||1,605–2,048 kg (3,538–4,515 lb)|
|Predecessor||Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W212)|
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213 and S213) series represent the fifth-generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range of executive cars, including sedan (W213) and station wagon (S213) configurations. Sold from 2016 (as a 2017 model), it is the successor to the W212/S212 E-Class models. Unlike the previous generation, this generation coupe/convertible share the same platform as the sedan/wagon. The high-performance Mercedes-AMG E 63 and E 63 S versions of the W213 has been available as well from 2016 (as a 2017 model).
Since the mid 1990s, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class had been equipped with quad headlights and a differentiated design compared to the C-Class and S-Class. With the 2017 model, Mercedes decided to take a more streamlined direction, first seen with the 2014 E-Class mid-generational refresh and then going in an entirely new direction with the all-new 2017 model.
Launched in spring 2016 following a world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in January, the 2017 E-Class was the most technologically advanced car Mercedes had ever produced at the time.
- 1 Development and launch
- 2 Design
- 3 Interior
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Variants
- 6 Engines
- 7 AMG models
- 8 References
Development and launch
The whole development process stretched over 48 months. In that time, Mercedes-Benz produced 1,200 prototypes and drove a combined 12 million kilometres in some of the world's toughest conditions, from sub-zero temperatures in the snow through to the world's hottest deserts. In testing the car, Mercedes-Benz also had its prototypes conduct over 10,000 autonomous braking procedures and 5,000 automated lane changes as part of the Distronic suite of semi-autonomous driving features. Moreover, it took 1,200 engineers to make the fifth-generation E-Class.
After Mercedes-Benz invested close to €1 Billion into the development of the extensive refresh to the 2014 mid-life facelift of W212 E-Class, most likely the most expensive mid-life facelift in the history of the automobile, the next generation E-Class was unveiled at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. The 2017 E-Class has a design similar to that of the larger W222 S-Class and the smaller W205 C-Class. While its predecessor had a tighter surface and harder edges, the 2017 model is curvier and more flowing. An official design sketch was released in late December 2015, which confirmed that the new E-Class mirrors the styling of the C-Class and S-Class. Official photos of the 2017 E-Class were leaked on the internet on 4 January 2016 ahead of its unveiling.
The W213 was first released in the saloon configuration, which went on sale in the summer 2016. The Estate, offering a similar 695-litre luggage capacity to its predecessor, went to sale towards the end of 2016. A two-door Coupe arrived in 2017, before the Convertible completes the line-up towards the end of 2017. The W213 E-class was deemed one of Car and Driver's "10 Best vehicles" in 2019.
Engine options for the 2017 E-Class saw a major update, thanks to the switch to inline-6 engines from the current V6 engines, along a new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines (OM654) and existing four-cylinder petrol engines (M274). All engines, save for the AMG V8, comes with Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard. AMG V8 uses 9-speed AMG Speedshift. Until April 2018, E 200 was available with a 6-speed manual transmission in Europe, but it was discontinued and 9G-Tronic became standard. Alongside standard rear-wheel drive, selected engines is offered with optional four-wheel drive.
Sedan (long wheelbase, only produced for China and India) (V213)
Stylistically, the 2017 E-Class followed the latest C-Class, the GLA, and the S-Class coupé. Its front end features Mercedes’ familiar bullet-shaped headlights and an upright grille, while its rear end gets a pair of LED taillights, with similarities to the 2014 E-Class models, that extend into the quarter panels. As on other recent models, the 2017 E-Class features two distinct front-end treatments: a traditional chrome grille and a more sporting blade grille. The aerodynamic efficiency have been refined as the drag coefficient improved from 0.25 in the previous model to a class-leading 0.23.
W212 facelift comparison
The W213 adopts Mercedes’ modular MRA platform, as used by the contemporary C-Class and S-Class models. The W213 E-Class grew 43 mm in length to 4,923 mm (194 in). Wheelbase was also extended 65 mm to 2,939 mm (116 in), resulting in shorter overhangs. It is 2 mm narrower and 6 mm lower than its predecessor. The increased use of high-strength steel and aluminium is claimed to make the car up to 100 kg lighter than the W212 E-Class.
The W213 E-Class is based on the F800 Style design language, previously used on the larger W222 S-Class (2013) and the smaller W205 C-Class (2014). However, the facelifted W212 (2013) also incorporates several design cues from the F800 Style, thus the two vehicles share several design traits.
The W213 E-Class' front bumper is reminiscent of the facelifted W212's optional sport kit (dubbed the AMG Sports Package), as it's governed by two air intakes united by a mesh grille. Compared to the standard front bumper of the W212, which is similar to the one used on the W205 C-Class, the W213 E-Class' proposal is more aggressive, composed and simple. The classic iconic grille, has simpler, flowing lines, with a more imposing presence on W213, while the sport variant (with the big logo in the middle) isn't so different from the W212. The S-Class inspired, sweptback (first time in Mercedes executive-class history) and rather compact headlights are the styling feature of the W213 model.
On both cars the doors sit pretty high, squeezing the windows, but the W212 masks this "trait" with a subtle slope towards the headlights. In fact, on the profile of the facelifted W212, it still retains the edgy lines that came out in 2009. At the back, the W213 adopted a fresh design for the lights similar to the S-Class. However, the tailpipes finishers are similar to the ones found on the W212, with the rear bumper keeping its overall shape.
The interior of the 2017 E-Class was unveiled by Mercedes-Benz in December 2015, which was previewed on the Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) that Mercedes showed in September 2015 at the Frankfurt Auto show. The interior mounts two 12.3-inch full HD screens housed within a single unit. Most E-Class models receives the widescreen set-up as standard. However, base Avantgarde versions features traditional analogue dials with a seven-inch multi-information display, along with an 8.4-inch central infotainment screen. Mercedes-Benz claimed a first for the automotive industry, adding a pair of touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel, which respond to finger swipes to control the car's infotainment system. The more traditional Command controller is also retained on the centre console.
The W213's technology was previewed at a technical presentation in July 2015. The launch of the 2017 E-Class saw Mercedes move a step closer to autonomous driving, with nine all-new or comprehensively updated driver assistance systems to feature. The car took many of the features seen in the latest S-Class and took them on to a new level.
A number of sensors, cameras and radars has allowed semi-automated driving. There may be fewer sensors and cameras than before (12 and four respectively over the W212 model), but they all feature increased functionality which reduces cost and complexity.
The next level of Drive Pilot (code-named Intelligent Drive) featured on the 2017 E-Class enables the car to negotiate bends on the motorway, while maintaining a safe distance from slower moving vehicles in front at up to speeds of 130 mph (210 km/h). The system is not a hands free operation and an audible alert will prompt the driver into regaining control if the car detects their attention has wandered.
The Steering Pilot function uses visible road markings to navigate bends at speeds of up to 81 mph (130 km/h). The car is able scan the surrounding area as well as the car in front if road markings are unclear to maintain lane discipline. The system is also able to automatically increase or decrease the E-Class's speed by reading speed limit signs if the driver fails to take any action.
Active Brake Assist and Evasive Steering Assist work in tandem to warn of and prevent potential collisions in the 2017 E-Class. The first system now features increased functionality, able to provide visible warning of potential danger as well as being able to automatically apply the brakes in an emergency. The system is now also able to detect and analyze moving traffic at junctions ahead. Evasive Steering Assist can detect when a driver is making an evasive action and apply additional steering force to ensure the pedestrian or vehicle is avoided.
Car-to-X Communication is another safety system which enables vehicles on the same road to warn each other of upcoming potential hazards or accidents.
If an unavoidable side collision is detected, PRE-SAFE Impulse Side rapidly inflates the side bolster to move the occupant away from the point of impact, while at the same time PRE-SAFE Sound pumps noise waves through the speakers to reduce hearing damage following a collision.
A brand new remote parking smartphone app, called Remote Parking Pilot, will allow drivers to park their vehicle from outside of the car to allow for easier ingress and egress. The system only works at very low speeds of 2 mph, with the vehicle also able to lock, unlock and start itself from the app.
Another new smartphone feature is Digital Car Key, which allows the driver's smartphone to be used as a vehicle key - essentially replacing a conventional key fob. The system uses near field communication which also allows the car to be locked and unlocked even if the phone is out of battery.
Adaptive LED Matrix Lighting
Introduced on the CLS for 2014, Mercedes’ Multibeam LED headlamps are enhanced for the 2017 E-class. The individual LED count increases from 24 to 84, each individually controllable—switching between high- and low-beams, and the curve-following adaptive-lighting functions are now achieved entirely via electronics. The light pattern is also altered in city driving or via information from the navigation system (such as when approaching intersections). Additionally, the light unit glows blue.
As with the mid-cycle refresh of W212, the 2017 E-Class features two larger units instead of the four-eyes headlights, though unique LED light bars within the headlamps still gives the night-time effect of four individual units. Prior to its world debut, a teaser video previewing the car's multibeam LED headlamps was released in January 2015.
Introduced in the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+, drift mode allows the car to completely cut the front axle from its all-wheel-drive 4MATIC system and transfer all 604 hp (612 PS; 450 kW) and 627 lb⋅ft (850 N⋅m) of torque to the rear axle of the car. This allows the driver to engage in easier drifts due to the nature of the rear wheel drive function. To enable drift mode, the driver must select Race mode, turn ESP off, and put the automatic gearbox into manual shifting. Next, the driver must pull both the paddles towards them and an option for drift mode arises. To fully enable drift mode, the driver must pull the right paddle and drift mode is now enabled. Drift mode can be equipped with E-Class AMG models only.
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In a departure from previous generations, the Estate is offered in two distinct variants: a traditional on-road model and an All-Terrain version to directly rival the Audi A6 Allroad and Volvo V90 Cross Country.
Unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the Estate All-Terrain features a 29 mm higher ride height due to the Air Body Control air suspension (15 mm) and 20 in wheels fitted as standard (14 mm). There is also external plastic cladding to protect the body from scratches and scrapes, as well as the 4Matic permanent four-wheel-drive system with 31/69 front-rear torque split.
E 300 (2016-)
An E 300, with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, will join the range at launch. This engine was previously available in the facelift W212 E-class in some markets. This engine produces 184 PS (181 hp; 135 kW) in the E 200, 211 PS (208 hp; 155 kW) in the E250 and 245 PS (242 hp; 180 kW) in the E 300. Like the W212 facelift, the W213 E 300 produces 245 PS (242 hp; 180 kW) and 370 N⋅m (270 lb⋅ft) and accelerates from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds.
E 350 (2019-)
An E 350, with an updated 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, will join the range for the 2020 model year. This engine is also used in the facelift W205 C-Class and X253/C253 GLC-Class, as well as the W167 GLE-Class. In the E 350, it produces 272 PS (268 hp; 200 kW) and 370.2 N⋅m (273.0 lb⋅ft).
E 400 (2016-)
An E 400 with a 3.0-litre turbo M276 V6 petrol engine. It is carried over from the W212 facelift E class and it produces 333 PS (328 hp; 245 kW) and 480 N⋅m (350 lb⋅ft) of torque. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, a full second faster than the E 300.
E 400 Wagon (2016-)
An E 400 with the same 3.0-litre M276 V6 petrol engine as the sedan version. This car share many similarities with the E 400 sedan but shows differences in its styling and engine. Unlike the E 400 sedan's single turbo engine, the E 400 wagon is equipped with a twin turbo V6 producing 333 PS (245 kW; 328 hp) and 354 lb⋅ft (480 N⋅m) of torque. The main difference seen in this particular model is the fact that it has an increased cargo area. The E 400 wagon has a maximum space of 64.3 cubic feet of load space compared to with 57.4 in the sedan version. The E 400 wagon can also be equipped through options with third row seating allowing more passengers to ride in the car. It can sprint from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.1 seconds and do the quarter mile in 13.7 seconds at 102 mph (164 km/h) due to its 4MATIC all wheel drive system.
E 450 (2019-)
A more powerful 3.0 liter V6 engine; otherwise similar to the E 400.
E 350e Plug-in Hybrid (2016-)
The E 350e is a plug-in hybrid, equipped with a 208 hp (211 PS; 155 kW) turbocharged inline-four coupled with an 87 hp (65 kW; 88 PS) electric motor between the engine. The E 350e's transmission is a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Mercedes claims that the car has a 21 mi (34 km) electric only range. The hybrid plug to charge the car is connected on rear bumper through a small door similar to how the gas door is setup. The E 350e can sprint from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.2 seconds. Mercedes claims the E 350e weighs about 4,250 lb (1,930 kg), compared to the E 300's weight of 3,650 lb (1,660 kg). The way to distinguish an E 350e from a non-hybrid E 300 is the badging. An E 350e badge is placed on the rear trunk as well as a blue "Plug-in Hybrid" on the side of the car. Mercedes offers an option to paint the brake calipers the same blue as the "Plug-in Hybrid" as well.
|Model||Years||Configuration||Displacement||Power||Torque||0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)||Top speed|
|E 200||2016-||Inline-4||1991 cc||184 PS (135 kW; 181 bhp)||300 N⋅m (221 lbf⋅ft)||7.7 s||240 km/h (149 mph)|
|2019-||Inline-4||1991 cc||197 PS (145 kW; 194 bhp)||320 N⋅m (236 lbf⋅ft)||7.5 s||240 km/h (149 mph)|
|E 250||2016-||Inline-4||1991 cc||211 PS (155 kW; 208 bhp)||350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft)||6.9 s||250 km/h (155 mph) (electronically limited)|
|E 300||2016-||Inline-4||1991 cc||245 PS (180 kW; 242 bhp)||370 N⋅m (273 lbf⋅ft)||6.3 s||250 km/h (155 mph) (electronically limited)|
|E 350e||2016-||Inline-4 PHEV||1991 cc||286 PS (210 kW; 282 bhp)||550 N⋅m (406 lbf⋅ft)||6.2 s||246 km/h (153 mph) (electronically limited)|
|E 400||2016-2018||V6||2996 cc||333 PS (245 kW; 328 bhp)||480 N⋅m (354 lbf⋅ft)||5.2 s||250 km/h (155 mph) (electronically limited)|
|E 450||2019-||V6||2996 cc||367 PS (270 kW; 362 bhp)||500 N⋅m (369 lbf⋅ft)||5.6 s||250 km/h (155 mph) (electronically limited)|
|AMG E 43||2016-2018||V6||2996 cc||401 PS (295 kW; 396 bhp)||521 N⋅m (384 lb⋅ft)||4.6 s||250 km/h (155 mph) (electronically limited)|
|AMG E 53||2018-||Inline-6 + 48V Mild Hybrid||2999 cc||435 + 22 PS (320 + 16 kW; 429 + 22 bhp)||520 N⋅m (384 lbf⋅ft)||4.5 s||250 km/h (155 mph) (electronically limited)|
|AMG E 63||2016-||V8||3982 cc||571 PS (420 kW; 563 bhp)||750 N⋅m (553 lbf⋅ft)||3.5 s||250 km/h (155 mph) (electronically limited)|
|AMG E 63 S||2016-||V8||3982 cc||612 PS (450 kW; 604 bhp)||850 N⋅m (627 lbf⋅ft)||3.4 s||300 km/h (186 mph) (electronically limited)|
|E 200d||2016-||Inline-4||1950 cc||150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp)||360 N⋅m (266 lbf⋅ft)at 1,400–2,800||8.4 s||224 km/h (139 mph)|
|E 220d||2016-||Inline-4||1950 cc||194 PS (143 kW; 191 bhp)||400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft)at 1,600–2,800||7.3 s||240 km/h (149 mph)|
|E 300de||2018-||Inline-4 PHEV||1950 cc||245 PS (180 kW; 242 bhp)||500 N⋅m (369 lbf⋅ft)at 1,600–2,800||6.5 s||250 km/h (155 mph)|
|E 350d||2016-2018||V6||2987 cc||258 PS (190 kW; 254 bhp)||620 N⋅m (457 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600–2,400||5.9 s||250 km/h (155 mph)|
|E 350d||2018-||Inline-6||2925 cc||286 PS (210 kW; 282 bhp)||600 N⋅m (443 lbf⋅ft)at 1,200–3,200||5.7 s||250 km/h (155 mph)|
|E 400d 4MATIC||2018-||Inline-6||2925 cc||340 PS (250 kW; 335 bhp)||700 N⋅m (516 lbf⋅ft)at 1,200–3,200||5.1 s||250 km/h (155 mph)|
AMG E 43 (2016–2018)
The all-wheel-drive only Mercedes-AMG E 43 joined the range in September 2016, powered by a 401 PS (295 kW; 396 bhp) twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6, producing 521 N⋅m (384 lb⋅ft) of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 4.6 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The AMG E 43 was the first of the new AMG 43 series with a higher output of 401 PS vs 367 PS of the existing AMG 43 series.
AMG E 53 (2019–)
A model developed by AMG with a 3.0 inline 6 cylinder engine with 435 HP and only offered with 4MATIC+. The 53's engine is a Mercedes-Benz engine tuned by AMG, rather than a handbuilt one.
AMG E 63 and E 63 S (2016–)
Presented in November 2016, the new Mercedes-AMG E 63 gets AMG's M177 twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 in two states of tune and with fully variable all-wheel-drive. The standard AMG E 63 4MATIC+ has 420 Kw/563 HP and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. The AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ also has the 4.0 lite litre V8 at 450Kw/612 HP and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Both versions are electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), however this can be increased to 300 km/h (186 mph) with the AMG Driver's Package.
AMG E 63 and E 63 S Wagon (2016–)
Just like the AMG sedan versions, the E 63 wagon is also equipped with 4MATIC+ fully variable AWD and is also equipped with the 4.0 litre V8 in two states of tune. The AMG E 63 wagon's styling queues and features are much different from the base model to distinguish that it is a performance variant of the car. The front bumper is wider, a front splitter is added, and large opening flanks are seen on the AMG-branded grille. The car also has various AMG branding throughout the it to show its significance and the badging on the rear trunk lid depicts that it is in fact an AMG E 63 (S) wagon. The AMG E 63 wagon is equipped with 64 cubic feet of cargo volume compared to the AMG E 63 sedan's 57.4 cubic feet.
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