Say hello to the all-new W214 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz Center, Singapore - The 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is now in Singapore, and it promises to set the executive saloon benchmark even higher than ever before.
Launched yesterday at the revamped Mercedes-Benz Center, the latest iteration of the brand's most popular model now sports a sleeker, more futuristic form, and features a laundry list of note-worthy upgrades that puts the class in E-Class.
A stereotypical towkay uncle's Benz, this is not.
Three variants of the E200 have been made available for the market here: the Avantgarde, Exclusive, and AMG Line.
They all share the same turbocharged inline-four powerplant that's mated to a 48-volt mild hybrid system, pushing out a respectable 204hp/320 Nm of torque to the rear wheels via a nine-speed gearbox. It does 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds, and tops out at 240 km/h.
Customers can also opt for the Engineering Package, which blesses the luxury saloon with AIRMATIC air suspension and rear-axle steering.
Eagle-eyed observers will notice that the 2024 E-Class borrows some styling cues from its bigger CLS and S-Class siblings, down to the muscular-yet-subtle character lines and full-width chrome bar at the back.
Up front, the E-Class features distinct LED daytime running lamps to set it apart from other Mercedes-Benz cars. Just as unique are the brake lights at the back, which now proudly adorn Three-Pointed Star design motifs.
Mercedes-Benz has not only made the car wider, but longer too, with a 20mm extension to its wheelbase, translating to a more spacious cabin for rear occupants. All of this, while still maintaining a slippery drag coefficient figure of just 0.23 Cd. Impressive.
Traces of Mercedes-EQ DNA can also be found around the E-Class, such as the blacked-out grille surrounds and recessed door handles that pop open once unlocked.
But most of the magic happens once you step inside. For the first time ever, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) Superscreen will come with the car as standard.
Simply put, there is now a high-resolution 12.3-inch touch display on the front passenger dashboard. This allows the occupant to interact with the screen for a variety of purposes, including selecting music, browsing the internet, or even playing Angry Birds.
Further complementing this screen is a dash-mounted camera, which can be used to take selfies, or to identify different drivers (up to seven) before automatically applying specific driver preferences. According to the carmaker, owners can even look forward to making Zoom video conference calls with it in the near future.
Where audio is concerned, you can choose to have the E200 outfitted with the Burmester 4D Surround Sound system with Dolby Atmos. This means having a whopping total of 21 speakers in the cabin, including two exciters per seat on the backrest of the front seats, and a cinema-like audio experience.
Other niceties found on the new E-Klasse include MBUX Routines, which allows the car to study favourite user settings and adapt to the different drivers' preferences accordingly, including the adjustment of seat massage functions to desired temperatures from the HVAC system.
Speaking of which, the optional THERMOTRONIC four-zone climate control system introduces Digital Vent Control. Through this, air nozzles at the front can be adjusted in four different ways, enhancing passenger comfort. Traditionalists will be glad to know that the vents can also be adjusted manually.
The 2024 E-Class is now available for purchase. However, you may have to wait a little longer for it to be delivered, as the initial allocation brought in by Cycle & Carriage has been spoken for already.
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