Near 47,000 items offered up to now, E-Class is the longest-running German nameplate in India. To make clear the quantity, E-Class has contributed to 30 per cent volumes, roughly each third automobile offered.
The reference attracts consideration to the juggernaut E-Class has proved to be, even in instances of SUV flourish. Minimize to 2021, the mid-life facelift of the fifth-generation E-Class lengthy wheelbase has arrived with a clutch of updates.
The E350d AMG line, the top-of-ladder variant, is the one grabbing eyeballs with all of the bells and whistles. A 3.5-litre, in-line diesel beneath the hood is peppered with distinctive chrome-studded grille and 18-inch alloys. The E200, our take a look at, automobile appears largely the identical as earlier than. Twin chrome bars divide the grille into three halves. The LEDs wrap across the headlamp unit which now will get new inserts.
The engine decisions have additionally not been fiddled with both: 1 petrol and a couple of diesel choices. The two-litre, 4-cylinder, in-line turbo-petrol generates a wholesome 197 bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. Torpid upfront, the engine delivers a powerful surge of torque 1,800-rpm onwards. The linear energy supply provides a luxurious torque within the mid-range and the petrol barely feels out of breathe when the motor is wrung exhausting. Acceleration comes naturally, the engine is revv-happy and Mercedes-Benz claims an under-7 second, which I really feel is spectacular for a automobile that actually isn’t all the time purchased to drive round.
Paired with the engine is a 9-speed computerized transmission. The gear shifts are crisp and largely imperceptible when pushed in an unhurried method. Toggle drive mode to ‘sport’ and use paddle shifters to show the engine barely extra energetic, a bit sharper.
E-Class actually serves the aim if you happen to’re solely shopping for it for being pushed round. The experience high quality is plush. From rubble strips to reasonably giant potholes, the E200 gulps street imperfections with ease. Furthermore, the expertise is more likely to be a notch higher within the E350d, which now rides on air suspensions. The implausible cabin insulation provides to the relaxed cabin really feel.
Whereas your driver chauffeurs you round, you possibly can take pleasure in a world of your individual – fairly disconnected from the commotion exterior and shifting by way of the conveniences. Recline the seats, which alter as much as 37 levels. Stretch your legs within the long-wheelbase E-Class, and use the reminiscence perform to maintain a tab of your posture. The removable smartphone pill docked within the central armrest lets you regulate the AC, ambient mild, and different key automobile controls. The cabin total is properly packaged and options are well-appointed. By way of main absentees, rear seat air flow may have been thought of.
The steering wheel is balanced. It has a pleasant heft to it and responds to fast directional adjustments. That stated, in case of utmost maneuvering, there’s a little bit of understeer creeping into the scene. However if you happen to actually wish to extract the combo of efficiency and luxurious of area, the E350 is a extra believable various. The E200 is priced between Rs 63.60 lakh and Rs 67.20 lakh, E220d between Rs 64.80 lakh and Rs 68.30 lakh and E350d at Rs 80.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).