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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Debut

Meet the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: luxury supreme, again


2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Research Click to hide

What's New

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class looks like it has been mildly refreshed, not completely made over. Observers will quickly notice that the E-Class has a new front end, with sharply detailed, LED-adorned headlights, and a new grille. In fact, it gets two grilles, a luxury one, and a sport one. The tail end, too, received some extra attention. But that's not all. The E-Class returns its venerable V-6 and V-8 engines of the previous model, but adds two new ones into the mix: a four-cylinder diesel (with all-wheel drive), and a hybrid V-6; and all engines mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Lastly, most of the careful inclusions to the 2014 model include various safety features, inside the cabin and out.

Who It's For

By now, you probably know who these cars are for. If you didn't, though, consider that a 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class begins at $51,000. That's the bottom, and it's a number that can double in a hurry. By all accounts, the E-Class is for those with exceptional taste in a luxury sedan/coupe/wagon/convertible and the means to afford it. Expect a BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 and a host of other admirers to follow.

Key Features

Mercedes-Benz is touting the E-Class debut as significant in that it will premier a host of safety and technology features that will also appear in the upcoming S-Class. That's a big deal for the S-Class' little brother.
  • The new four-cylinder diesel engine (with all-wheel drive) is also a big deal, but so is the hybrid V-6, with up to 30 mpg highway
  • Intelligent Drive encompasses lane keep assist, blind spot intervention, cross-traffic intervention, autonomous braking, and more
  • AMG options, of course, though we'll know more about those soon

What We Think

Subtle tweaks are the key to not upsetting the faithful while trying to stay fresh. The new E-Class is fresh. Some would say funky fresh. Not us, though. We're all eyes on the large sedan, and are particularly interested in testing out the Intelligent Drive, and the safety features it encompasses. From design to performance and safety, the E-Class will be a class leader surpassed only by the E-Class line of AMG models coming soon.

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