One of the most important models in Mercedes-Benz’s class is definitely their excellent E-Class. Even though customers complained that the current generation was rather undersized, the company recorded sales growth. For the 2017 model year, the company prepares a great number of improvements, starting from changes in terms of exterior and interior, to the changes under the hood. Both coupe and cabriolet models will be significantly different from the current models. With rivals like the 2014 BMW 5 Series and the 2016 Audi A6, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class must shine in every way. Customers expect a lot from the upcoming E-Class and whether or not it will be good enough to outshine the competition, we will find out soon.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Exterior
As for the changes in terms of exterior, they will be numerous. The very first thing we need to mention is that the Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2017 gets a brand-new “MRA” RWD architecture which is widely considered one of the best and the most versatile architectures Mercedes has developed. This new architecture can be used for several other models and allows wheelbase alternations for an entire lineup. The only bad thing of this platform is that it is not as light as Mercedes expected.
Having in mind that weight has a rather significant impact on the overall performance and fuel economy of the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the company will probably decide for lightweight materials to make up for the weight of chassis. Therefore, we expect lightweight, more expensive and high-quality materials for the rest of the body of the vehicle. Other than that, details about the exterior changes haven’t been released. We will share them with you as soon as we get them.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2017 Interior
Even though the current generation has decent features and technologies inside of its cabin, the company plans to introduce many changes and novelties to make the vehicle more competitive and more comfortable for the driver and passengers. The greatest novelty will be two full-size color displays. The customers will be enabled to use the displays in a more varied and perceptive way.
The displays will be suitable for the driver and passengers at the same time. Other noticeable features inside of the cabin include magic body control, high-end automatic air conditioning, and semi-autonomous driving mode. There will also be electric surface heating, head-up display, LED-based intelligent lightning for even greater driving experience. A central touchpad is also expected to be included inside of the cabin replacing the outdated Command controller.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Engine
It seems that Mercedes-Benz will forgo its current line of V6 engines for new inline-six drivetrains. The main reason why they discuss this topic is because the developing of V6 engines is more expensive compared to inline-six engines. If they finally decide for the inline sixes, they will cut building costs for about 35%.
If this happens, under the hood of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be a „M256″ 3.0-liter straight-six drivetrain. Diesel engine is also anticipated and it will probably be a 2.9-liter straight-six called “OM656.” Besides the two aforementioned engines, there will also be a hybrid engine option that will probably consist of a 40-hp electric motor and a 110-horsepower pack.