hp & 245 hp
press release) World premiere at "Auto China 2010": The new
E-Class L: defining the new standard of premium executive car
-- Spacious: an
extra 14 centimetres of legroom in the rear
-- Dynamic: two petrol engines producing 150 and 180 kW
-- Comfortable: adaptive damping system and automatic
Specially tailored for
the growing market for luxury saloons in China, the long-version of
the new Mercedes E-Class will be celebrating its world premiere at
"Auto China 2010" With its inclined radiator surround,
muscular-shaped rear fender and well-defined boot lid, the design of
the new E-Class Lembodies status and effortless superiority in a
number of its details. Now available in a lengthened version, the
model is even better positioned to meet the requirements of the
Chinese market in this segment. The vehicle's refined appointments
also help to create an extremely impressive and comfortable
With a length of 5,012
millimetres and a wheelbase of 3,014 millimetres, the new model for
China has gained an extra 140 millimetres in both of these areas
compared with the saloon model sold in the rest of the world. As a
result, in the rear of the five-seater vehicle passengers can enjoy
an extra 140 millimetres of legroom compared with the regular
wheelbase E-Class, a model already renowned for its comfort. Another
added touch of comfort: the front seats are also electrically
adjustable from the rear.
In addition to the
generously dimensioned interior, the vehicle's high level of safety
- typical a Mercedes-Benz car- also sets standards. Unique features
include the PRE-SAFEŽ occupant protection system, Rear Seat Safety
package with belt force limiters on the outer seats and rear side
airbags, as well as ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection. A luggage
compartment volume of 540 litres and a compact turning circle of
11.25 metres also represent class-leading values for this segment.
At the time of its commercial release inJune2010, buyers will have a
choice of two petrol engines producing 150 kW (204 hp) and 180 kW
(245 hp), as well as several luxury appointment levels. Additional
engine variants are expected to become available at a later date.
The E-Class segment is
currently enjoying a boom in China: a total of around 122,000
vehicles from this class were sold there in 2008, but according to
experts this figure is already expected to exceed 200,000 in 2010.
Long versions dominate the segment with a share of close to 90
percent. Customers are primarily entrepreneurs and the
self-employed, many of whom use the services of a chauffeur.
Produced in Germany, the new E-Class Saloon (W 212) has already sold
more than 12,000 units in the People's Republic of China since the
middle of 2009. The new E-Class L (V 212), on the other hand, is
produced locally at Beijing BenzAutomotive Co.,Ltd (BBAC) with a
local share in value terms of more than 40 percent. BBAC is a joint
venture between Daimler AG and its long-term partner Beijing
Automotive Industry Holding Company (BAIC). The E-Class models are
produced in a new plant in the Beijing Development Area in the
southeast of the city.
Engine and suspension: the highest
level of comfort is the trump card
From launch, the new
E-Class L will benefit from a choice of two refined petrol engines
featuring high pulling power in the form of the E 260 CGI
BlueEFFICIENCY , using the latest direct injection technology, and E
300. Both models are offered with automatic transmissions that are
ideally suited to the respective engine characteristics.
Furthermore, transmission control is intelligent and adjusts the
shift points adaptively to match the driving profile of the driver.
The AGILITY CONTROL
suspension with selective damping system as standard forms the basis
for the highest level of ride comfort. Ground clearance has also
been increased. The standard Direct-Steer system provides particular
convenience at slow speeds or when parking since, in conjunction
with the speed-dependent service brake, steering effort is reduced
thanks to the direct ratio.
Appointments: a high degree of
luxury as standard
E260 CGI ELEGANCE, E260
CGI AVANTGARDE and E300 AVANTGARDE are the three appointment lines
which will be available for the long version of the E-Class when it
launches in China. Typical of the brand is the extensive scope of
appointments available as standard. The ELEGANCE version already
comes, among other things, with bi-xenon headlamps, adaptive ILS
(Intelligent Light System), electric sliding sunroof, automatic air
conditioning and COMAND DVD system.
Additional highlights of the E 260 CGI AVANTGARDE version
includeselectric panoramic sliding sunroof, COMANDAPS with DVD
changer, THERMATIC air conditioning system, heated rear seats and
residual heat system. The E 300 Avantgarde also features a Rear Seat
Entertainment System (two large 20.3 cm screens in the backs of the
front seat head restraints), KEYLESS-GO electronic drive
authorisation system and remote boot closing.