Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The spirit of Mercedes’ success over the world is not a highly priced roadster, hyper flexible Unimogs, or large luxury sedans; what makes Mercedes so successful is its midsize sedans. Today the Mercedes-Benz E-Class achieves this, but the heritage goes way back to cars having no special letters after their names. In North America it is known as a luxury car, but in other parts of the world, sometimes drivers use it as a taxicab.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Origins

Mercedes-Benz’s reputation doesn’t come from having plush fittings or heavy chrome trim; it earned its reputation by surviving for years pounding the dirt roads and broken pavement. Mercedes cars are sturdy, and it makes them worth the extra money even without luxury or power. The E-Class dates to the 19th century, and the lineage becomes more diverse after World War II when the 170 sedan reentered production. In the post war years, the 170 was kind of archaic but buyers in Europe did not get picky. The first modern version of the Mercedes started it on the way to the E-Class of today.

Dating back to 1953, the 180 shows that Mercedes can compete in the world’s automobile market. Having bulbous fenders incorporated into the body design, the W120 marks Mercedes’ first auto that features the envelope style. The fenders give the 180 its German nickname, Ponton. Having come a long way from those days, the current Mercedes-Benz E-Class now sets the pace for luxury and technology.

About the Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz has always been known to produce innovative and luxurious upper-end vehicles, and the E-Class has proven to be a long-time preferred choice in the segment of luxury automobiles. For decades, the Mercedes E-Class has been providing an exciting mix of safety, performance, and comfort with such commendable aspects as cutting-edge technology and vault-like solidity. These have become trademark qualities, synonymous with the Mercedes-Benz craftsmanship and build quality. The automaker also adds in truly impressive standard features such as navigation systems, stability safety systems, entertainment systems, Bluetooth capability, elegant leather seating, and interior trim accents.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Features

Enjoyable to drive, powerful engine options, meticulously built, superb handling capabilities, and the many different body styles in the E-Class offer some of the reasons for the Mercedes-Benz vehicle’s continued popularity over the years. The 2012 E-Class offers such a variety of body styles that almost everyone will enjoy one of them in the lineup.

Saying that the Mercedes-Benz E-Class will have an automobile for every personality is putting it mildly when it comes to all of the available choices. The E-Class has four body styles, two trim levels, four different engine choices, along with an array of additional options. Whether shoppers seek a wagon, convertible, coupe, or sedan, the E-Class provides some of the very finest and best vehicles on the market today.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Evolution

The first generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class officially began with the 300E, then came the 500E sedan for 1992 to 1994, which caught the eye of serious enthusiasts, and the E-Class models have been successful ever since. Incorporating style and simplification, the 300-class received the name E-Class in 1994. The rationalizations of making the numbers align with displacement and the addition of the E in front of those numbers occurred when Mercedes officially presented the E-Class. The returning Cadillac lineup includes the E320 wagon, coupe, and sedan, while the E420 sedan and the E500 sedan join the group.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class second generation ran for about six years, until 2002. Changes stay minimal, and the vehicles continue to use the four ellipsoid headlamps. The models gain a few inches in length, but the chassis basically remains the same. The debut sedan of 1998 was named the E300D, which stands for the diesel-powered engine, and by 2000, the diesel made its exit. Around the same year, more standard equipment improved safety, such as stability control, rear airbags, and front side airbags.

The E500 sedan leads the initial lineup of third generation Mercedes E-Class models for 2003, along with the wagon and sedan E320. During the year, a new sedan named E55 AMG hit the road with an amazing 469 horsepower supercharged V-8. By 2004, the wagon earned recognition as the new generation of innovation. For the 2005 year, an addition of the wagon occurred; the AMGs all received the name E63, and the diesel E-Class returned after hiatus.

The fourth generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class came to the U.S. in 2010, proudly displaying the new styling direction of Mercedes and continuing to make advancements in the lineup, like the addition of the coupe body style. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has an updated grille mesh, relocated ESP controls, and restyled headlight switches. For this year, Mercedes also adds a convertible to the lineup.

Select a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Year

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Convertible, Coupe, Hybrid, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Complete Review

2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The huge Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup (there are at least 11 distinct models) underwent a shakeup for the 2010 model year. Even so, Mercedes makes significant changes for 2012.

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The E-Class cabriolet and the wagon are new to the lineup for 2011. The soft-top convertible, which seats four, comes with the same engines as the sedan -- 3.5-liter V-6 and 5.4-liter V-8 -- and seven-speed automatic. It’s designed to keep passengers warm and noise levels down in open-air driving, even when it’s cold out. The wagon comes as an AWD V-6 only, with a third row that faces back and a rear air suspension.

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Coupe, Luxury, Sedan

2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

For more than two decades, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class was a very successful midsize luxury sedan that created the middle ground between the introductory C-Class and the expensive S-Class.

2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a high-performance luxury car that incorporates the very latest safety features.

2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes as a luxury wagon, as well as the classic four-door sedan.

2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a luxury vehicle available in sedan and wagon models.

2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans and wagons offer a lot of features, luxury, performance, handling, comfort, and style.

2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

Thanks to a modest makeover, the 2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class now boasts sleeker and sportier lines, more interior space, and a slew of new features.

2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class received a makeover in 1996 to capitalize upon the booming stock market and healthy economy.

2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class serves as the marquee sedan of the sleek and smooth German brand.

2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 is a midlife refresh for the sedan/wagon offered by Mercedes.

1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class marks one of the most well-respected vehicles in the luxury segment of the automobile market.

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is an executive car that has been manufactured with various engine and body configurations over the years.

1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan

The 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class remains one of the most well-respected vehicles in the luxury segment of the market.

1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Luxury, Sedan

The 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a luxury vehicle that gives a choice between the diesel E300D and the standard E320.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 1995 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has long been one of the automaker’s best-selling vehicles.