Mercedes-Benz W114/W115 Meets The EQE Classic

Original meets Retro – Mercedes W114 W115 /8 meets the EQE Classic – what about a traditional looking electric car?

If tales of their reliability are even half-true, then most of them must still be in working order. In fact, we’d be surprised if you haven’t actually seen one on the street in the past month or so because the other defining trait apart from reliability was how widely available the model was throughout the entire world.
 
The appearance of the W114/W115 was probably made even more famous by its obvious resemblance to the Mercedes-Benz 600 “Pullman”, a limousine that was used by celebrities (from Elvis Presley to Jay Leno) and political leaders alike (from Mobutu Sese Seko to the Pope, if the latter can qualify as such).
 
With restomodding picking up pace in later years as more and more people want to enjoy classic cars without compromising on the features, comfort, and safety offered by modern vehicles, you’d think the Mercedes-Benz W114/W115 would make a prime candidate. Well, sportier and flashier cars tend to be the preferred choice, but if someone happens to have one of these lying around, why not give it a try?
 
That would be the “civilian” option, but what you see in the picture above (and below) would be the official, Mercedes-Benz-backed option. It is what would happen if the carmaker decided to bring back the spirit of the classic model through a modern reinterpretation. And since Daimler is caught up in a full EV offensive, giving it an electric powertrain would totally make sense.
 
We don’t know about you but if this thing came to life, based on design, at least, we would happily choose it over the EQS. Provided it gets all the tech and all the range of Mercedes-Benz’s top EV, it would be a no-brainer. However, just by looking at it, we can already tell you there is no way the EQW (we just came up with that. We like it. We’ll stick with it) could ever have the same range as the EQS.
 
By trying to remain as faithful to the original as possible (and succeeding), the author – Instagram user lars_o_saeltzer of Larson Design – had to sacrifice a few things, among which are the all-important aerodynamics. The EQW looks cool with its late ’60s vibes and modern lines, but it’s still shaped mostly like a brick. As a result, the air will be reluctant to go by it in an orderly fashion, thus creating drag. Drag hampers efficiency, poor efficiency drains the battery and before you know it, you end up on the side of the road with no more juice in the tank.
 
It’s clear (and understandable why) Mercedes-Benz has gone down a much different road regarding its EQ models, but it’s nice to be able to see things from a different perspective every now and again, for which we are very grateful to these talented people who sacrifice some of their time to delight us with their creations. Keep it up, guys, the world appreciates it. Read more > https://mercedes-world.com/e-class/mercedes-benz-w114-w115-eqe-classic

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2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain Review

 

The humble station wagon used to be the car for families as diverse as the Bradys, the Foremans, and probably the most famous, the Griswolds in National Lampoon’s Vacation. But wagons fell out of favor for high-riding and cavernous minivans in the ’80s and ’90s, which then gave way to SUVs and crossovers, but some stuck around, including this, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain. Looking at the beefy black cladding on the arches, you might call this a crossover, but it’s really an attempt at disguising the humble wagon in much the same way as Audi has the A6 allroad or Volvo has with the V90 Cross Country. Deception, it seems, is the key to saving the station wagon for future generations to enjoy.

With a price starting at a surprisingly reasonable $67,600, the E450 4MATIC All-Terrain Wagon – as it’s officially titled – is a high-riding wagon powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six developing 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque before the EQ Boost mild hybrid assistance joins the fray. To fit in with its pseudo-SUV styling, all-wheel drive gives this wagon a penchant for dirt. However, from behind the wheel, it feels like a regular sedan, and with spacious seating for five, exceptional handling, and great fuel economy, this high-rider could be the best of both worlds in one exceptional package. Then, when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the E450 All-Terrain has two rear-facing jump seats to make this a seven-seater.


 
Changes: What’s the difference vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain?
Mercedes-Benz is dumping the entire E-Class Wagon range and only the All-Terrain and AMG E63 will be available going forward. Along with the rest of the E-Class range, the All-Terrain boasts a significant design upgrade both inside and outside for the 2022 model year. The old COMAND infotainment interface has been dropped in favor of Merc’s newer MBUX infotainment system inside the cabin, while under the hood, the old AMG-derived twin-turbo V6 has been replaced with Merc’s latest 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six with mild-hybrid assistance.
 
Wagon Exterior
The All-Terrain is based on the Mercedes E-Class, which recently received a significant facelift. Merc essentially takes one updated wagon body, adds some skidplates, matte black body cladding, and a suspension lift to create an SUV-like design. This seems odd to us, considering the existence of the GLE, which is supposed to be the SUV version of the E-Class but, while we’re not sure the black body cladding looks great on this design language, we aren’t complaining about its existence.
 
The All-Terrain gets its own unique grille design and model-specific 19-inch alloy wheels wearing all-terrain tires to set it apart from the rest of the E-Class range. But it inherits a lot, like the LED headlights and twin exhaust outlets. There’s also a power tilt-and-slide sunroof as standard, but a panoramic version is available.


 
Dimensions
The E-Class All-Terrain is 194.8 inches long, which is slightly longer than the GLE’s 194.3-inch footprint. Its 115.7-inch wheelbase is shorter, however. Overall width is 81.3 inches and this raised wagon stands 58.9 inches tall. Considering its sizeable dimensions and mild-hybrid powertrain, a curb weight of 4,530 lbs is on the money for the segment.
 
Exterior Colors
Of the 11 available paint colors on offer, none of them are particularly vibrant. Sedate Black and Polar White are the standard no-cost choices, with several metallic hues making up the bulk of offering at $720 each. These include Obsidian Black, Graphite Grey, Mojave Silver, Lunar Blue, Cirrus Silver, and Selenite Grey. A few premium colors are available including the most flashy, designo Cardinal Red for $1,080, the subdued designo Diamond White for $1,515, or the matte-finish designo Selenite Grey Magno at $3,950.

Performance
The twin-turbo V6 out of the old wagon has been ditched in favor of the newer turbocharged six-cylinder engine with EQ Boost. This is Mercedes-Benz marketing lingo for mild-hybrid assistance. The new engine boasts the exact output figures as the old model but Mercedes claims it’s more efficient, however. And the EQ Boost feature provides an additional 21 hp and 184 lb-ft. The latter figure is the most important, as this car uses electricity to fill in the gaps when the engine isn’t providing its total torque output.
 
The German brand’s famous 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is standard fitment, which helps the All-Terrain post impressive acceleration figures. Mercedes claims an estimate of 5.1 seconds from 0 to 60, but this is a figure that seems conservative in our eyes and we wouldn’t be surprised to see quicker times recorded in the real world. Its top speed is limited to 130 mph.
 
But where the pseudo-SUV falls short is in its lack of a rated towing capacity. Mercedes doesn’t even sell it with a tow hitch stateside, so if you were contemplating trading in your GLE-Class for this, that might be a factor to consider.


 
Engine and Transmission
The Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain is only available with a 3.0L turbocharged straight-six with a mild-hybrid assist. Mercedes calls the mild-hybrid assistance EQ Boost, and it’s a 48-volt system that provides up to 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of augmentation. Importantly, those figures are over and above the 362 hp and 369 lb-ft generated by the six-cylinder engine, but instead of being added to the top, they’re used as a torque-fill lower down in the rev range. The power is sent to a 4Matic AWD system via a 9-speed automatic transmission.
 
This new turbo I6 and 48-volt electrical system is the most Mercedes-like powertrain we’ve felt in a long time. It’s not as fast as the company’s V8s, which are stellar, don’t get us wrong, but this combo is the smoothest application of power, and by far the smoothest stop/start system we’ve tested in years. It kicks on smoother than anything other sub-six-figure machine that we can remember, and it will also coast to a stop with the engine off, even as you modulate the brakes.
 
Acceleration is buttery smooth across the rev range with the nine-speed automatic. We’ve talked about this before but the EQ Boost electric system can add 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of boost when you stomp on it. And from a stoplight, you’re going to want to step on it, to get ahead of all of those SUV and crossover people. It doesn’t have the performance of the AMG E63, but it’s not supposed to, and buyers in this segment don’t want that sort of world-ending performance under their right foot.

 

Handling and Driving Impressions
But it’s the handling department that wagons excel at compared to equivalent SUVs. Around expressway cloverleafs, or roundabouts, or any curvy county roads, the E450 feels as planted as a sports sedan. It stays mostly flat, especially in the sportier drive modes, and the long wheelbase makes high-speed maneuvers feel safe. Then there’s the standard air suspension, which is a crucial part of how this wagon feels.
 
Speaking of drive modes, the E 450 gets two off-road modes that both raise the vehicle higher than its standard 5.75 inches of clearance. The first one is for your average rutted roads, slippery roads and maybe driving on grass, which is always fun. Off-Road+ turns off the traction control and engages hill-descent control at speeds of up to 28 mph. We used the setting at a muddy piece of property and found it more than up to the task of navigating narrow two track roads and semi-deep, rocky trails.


 
Our only complaint in this area is the 20-inch wheels equipped to our tester with 245/40-profile rubber. They have a very low profile and though the suspension sucks up most of the bounce from the road, there’s a harshness to the bumps that doesn’t feel great. At one point we barreled from an asphalt road to dirt with a decent dip at the edge. The E 450 banged, loudly enough that we had to get out and check the tires for a flat. Stick with the standard 19s, which come equipped with slightly higher-profile 245/45 all-season tires. Better yet, ask your dealer to hook you up with some tall 18s lying around, even though these aren’t technically an option.
 
Gas Mileage
According to the EPA, the E-Class All-Terrain claims gas mileage figures of 22/28/24 mpg city/highway/combined in the USA. It’s not what you’d call frugal, but it is an improvement over the old twin-turbo V6 and isn’t beaten by either the Audi A6 allroad or the Volvo V90 Cross Country, beating the former by 2 mpg and matching the latter on the combined cycle. A 21.1-gallon fuel tank is standard, which allows for a theoretical driving range of just more than 500 miles.

 

 Interior
The All-Terrain gets the same interior as the recently revamped E-Class. As far as interior upgrades go, this one is pretty substantial. The restyle comes with new interior color options, an all-new steering wheel, and dual 12.3-inch displays. One display is mounted directly behind the steering wheel and serves as a digital instrument cluster. The second is neatly housed above a lovely curved piece of interior trim housing four air vents. This particular unit is a touchscreen interface and runs Mercedes’s latest MBUX software – perhaps the E-Class’s biggest upgrade.
 
Mercedes also removed some of the clutter found on the pre-facelift model. The only physical buttons are there to operate the climate control, which is a smart move. The touchpad is smaller than it was before and didn’t protrude as much. For the first time, it looks as if it were part of the overall interior design rather than an afterthought.


 
Seating and Interior Space
The E 450’s interior is classic Mercedes. The satin-finished wood and round air vents look amazing – as opposed to the brushed metal look and square vents on the E 63 sedan we recently drove which looked like an industrial vent factory. What’s less convincing is the steering wheel. It’s all-new for the facelift, and the tri-spoke design itself looks and feels great, but the piano black is a little cheap and will be a magnet for fingerprints.
 
As for the rest of the cabin and the seating, Mercedes has pulled off quite the trick in the fact that the E450 All-Terrain is a seven-seater, technically. That’s courtesy of a pair of rear-facing jump seats in the trunk that will seldom see use but are a nifty throwback to an era when wagons were popular family runabouts.
 
In the front of the cabin, the double sunroof is nice and the seats themselves are very comfortable – particularly the multicontour seats equipped to our tester with massage functionality. Front occupants get 37.5 inches of headroom, 41.7 inches of legroom, and 57.8 inches of shoulder room, which is a little tighter than the Volvo V90, but not by much. In the back, the E450 has 38.2 inches of headroom and 36.1 inches of legroom, which is more than enough for most, and there’s enough shoulder room to fit three abreast on shorter journeys without complaints.
 
Those jumpseats we mentioned flip up from the floor when needed and have their own seatbelts. They’re small, so only suitable for small children, but they’d have fun back there, especially as they get to look out the rear windscreen.
 
Interior Colors and Materials
The E-Class is a sweet spot for Mercedes where a higher price tag justified the ability to offer a multitude of upholstery finishes – 13 of them, in fact. There are five no-cost options – various color combinations of Mercedes’ MB-Tex leatherette upholstery including Black, Black/Nut Brown, Black/Macchiato Beige, Neva Grey/Magma Grey, and Magma Grey/Macchiato Beige. Genuine leather costs an additional $1,620 and is available in the same combinations, except for Macchiato Beige/Magma Grey. Nappa leather upholstery retails for $2,990 and is available in Black, Black/Nut Brown, and Macchiato Beige/Magma Grey. For those who want the most luxurious option available, there is only one designo option available. Tack on the $4,900 designo Exclusive Nappa Leather Package and you get Macchiato Beige/Saddle Brown Exclusive Nappa leather, a topstitched Nappa leather dash, a Macchiato Beige headliner in faux suede, and designo floor mats.
 
As for trim inserts, there are six options. Only the designo Black Piano Lacquer adds anything to the price of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain as a $1,300 option. We’d stay away from it anyway because it highlights smudges so easily. Instead, the no-cost options of Natural Grain Black Ash wood, Brown Ash wood, Natural Grain Brown Ash wood, Burl Walnut, and Natural Grain Grey Ash Wood are much better suited to the atmosphere of the car.

Trunk and Cargo Space
The E-Class All-Terrain offers a class-leading 35 cubic feet of cargo capacity. It easily trumps the Volvo V90’s 25.5 cube trunk and the 30 cubes provided by the Audi A6 allroad. The rear seats fold forward and nearly flat, in which case the Mercedes has 64 cubic feet of space for stuff. The only thing the E 450 can’t do is tall cargo, which is where it falls short compared to the GLE-Class. That said, the cargo bay is far more practical than a GLE-Class Coupe, and with a lower load-in height, you’re less likely to scuff the rear bumper.
 
Inside the cabin, the door pockets are on the narrow side, but the glovebox is significant, as is the storage space underneath the armrest. Ahead of the infotainment touchpad, a flip-up lid reveals two cupholders and space for a phone or set of house keys, while in the rear, the center seatback folds forward revealing two more cupholders.

Infotainment and Features

Features
The E-Class All-Terrain Wagon boasts the same standard features as the revamped sedan. It boasts all-LED exterior lighting, a power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof, power-adjustable front seats with a memory function, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a fold-out rear-facing third-row, keyless go, power liftgate, an illuminated entry system, and 64-color interior ambient lighting. As with all Merc products, the options list is extensive, with items like tri-zone climate control, massaging front seats, seat ventilation, heated armrests, a head-up display, and even soft-close doors. The standard raft of assistance features includes attention assist, blind-spot assist, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, advanced tire pressure monitoring, and Pre-Safe. Most of the advanced driver assists are only available as part of an optional package that gives you semi-autonomous capability and nearly every conceivable assist.
 
Infotainment
Like the rest of the new Mercedes lineup, the E450 gets two 12.3-inch screens next to each other, one for the driver cluster and one for the infotainment features. You can touch the infotainment screen, control it with the touchpad (though this doesn’t have a wrist rest to brace your hand, so it’s harder to use it while driving), use the steering wheel touchpad, or yell “Hey, Mercedes,” followed by instructions and/or questions.
 
Other functionality includes the regular AM/FM radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and twin USB-C ports, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included. You have to pay extra for SiriusXM, though. Navigation is standard, but from the options list, augmented video for this is available, which uses the front-facing camera and overlays directional arrows and street names onto the screen so you never miss a turn. The standard audio is nothing to write home about, but a 590-watt, 13-speaker Burmester system can be equipped. In-car Wi-Fi is also available, as is wireless device charging.
 
As far as actual interaction with the system goes, the screen works quickly and doesn’t get hung up. The voice control system in this particular vehicle never seemed to recognize my voice prompts, but we have had better success with it in other models. We’re hoping this was a one-time thing.

Problems and Reliability
For a premium brand, Mercedes-Benz seems to have an inexplicably high number of recalls annually, which is a little concerning. At the time of our review, the E-Class All-Terrain had no fewer than eight recalls to its name, ranging in severity from no rearview camera image and a faulty front seat adjustment switch to parking sensor malfunctions, inaccurate vehicle location, incorrect seat adjustment, and in more severe cases, loose side-impact crash sensors and improperly mounted rear headrests that could result in poor neck support in a crash.
 
Mercedes includes a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty as standard.
 
Safety
While the IIHS is yet to review the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, it has evaluated the sedan, giving it top honors as a 2022 Top Safety Pick +. This rating only applies to models equipped with the optional Driver Assistance Package. The NHTSA has a review of the E-Class wagon on record, with an overall rating of five stars out of five.
 
Key Safety Features
Traditional safety features include seven airbags including a driver’s knee bag, but rear-seat safety can be bolstered by optional rear-seat side airbags. Other features include ABS, traction and stability control, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, crosswind assist, active brake assist, and Merc’s Pre-Safe system, which prepares the car when it senses an impact. Unfortunately, the only modern driver assistance feature Mercedes includes as standard is blind-spot assist. Mercedes offers a Driver Assistance Package with 15 advanced features, but it adds $1,950 to the price. Considering there are cars that cost a third of the price that include these features as standard, this is a big letdown. Especially for a car that punts itself as a family crossover.

Verdict: Is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain a good car?

We love wagons, in almost any form, for all the reasons we’ve mentioned above. You get all the dynamic benefits of a sedan with the space of an SUV. And modern wagons just look cooler than crossovers, although the Brady’s Pontiac Satellite longroof was undeniably cool.
 
Mercedes no longer sells a regular version of the E-Class Wagon, with this crossover in its place to lure in buyers who might have set out in search of an SUV, and we think it’s a smart move. This particular wagon, with the buttery-smooth inline-six and EQ Boost, is plenty fast for anyone not looking to lay rubber around every corner, and the stop/start system is up there with the Porsche Panamera hybrid as one of the best we’ve ever experienced. It’s also about half the price of the AMG wagon, vastly more comfortable, and decently capable off-road. The interior strikes a fine balance of spaciousness, luxury, and practicality, and the driving dynamics are almost flawless. We wish Mercedes would include more standard driver assistance for the money though.
 
Personally, this writer isn’t a fan of the black body cladding, but it’s a necessity in a world obsessed with SUVs. Rivals like Volvo and Audi all have something similar, but the powertrain here is by far the best. Of course, rivals are cheaper and some are more spacious. We definitely think the 2022 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain does enough to justify a lead in this segment, but we wouldn’t sign a deal without test driving the Volvo first.
 
What’s the Price of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain?
The price of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain starts at $67,600 for the E450 4Matic, excluding the destination charge of $1,050. This is some $40k cheaper than the only other wagon Mercedes sells – the AMG E63 Wagon – but that deficit can quickly be made up if you’re liberal with the options. So, in the best interest of good consumer reporting, we specced an E450 All-Terrain to the max, and it nearly reached six figures. Fully loaded, it carries an MSRP of $96,910 including destination – nearly 50% more than the base price.
 
2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain Models
Only one 2022 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain Wagon model is available, the E 450 4Matic. It’s powered by a turbocharged inline-six-cylinder with mild-hybrid assistance and power is sent to Merc’s 4Matic AWD system via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
 
Standard specification includes LED exterior lights, a power tailgate, power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable heated front seats with a memory function, and leatherette upholstery. The 12.3-inch touchscreen interface is Apple CarPlay and Android compatible and runs Merc’s new MBUX interface with voice commands. The standard safety specification consists of attention assist, blind-spot assist, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, advanced tire pressure monitoring, and Pre-Safe.
 
Additional Packages
Merc’s options menu is a combination of packages and standalone options and is too long to mention in full here without sounding like a brochure. However, there are two key packages worth opting for. The Premium Package costs $2,300 and adds a six-month SiriusXM subscription, active parking assist, a surround-view camera system, rear cross-traffic assist, and a Burmester surround-sound system with 13 speakers. The Driver Assistance Package ($1,950) dynamic cruise control, active and evasive steering assist, lane keep and change assist, speed limit assist, congestion emergency braking, and active brake assist to name just a few. There are also a handful of worthwhile standalone items, and while we’d forego the $550 soft-close doors, the $1,320 massaging front seats are something special. We also like the idea of the $1,100 head-up display, $760 tri-zone climate control, $350 augmented reality navigation, and the $1,000 panoramic sunroof, although if we were spending lots of time off the beaten path, we’re not sure it’d do too well in the long term.
 
What Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain Station Wagon Should I Buy?
We love the AMG E63 S Wagon. It’s impossible not to. But at $112K, you don’t get double the utility for almost double the price of this E450. So this just makes so much sense. The paint colors are boring except for the Cardinal Red Metallic at $1,080 which gets our nod of approval. We’d stick to the standard 19-inch wheels but select the $900 Exterior Lighting Package for the intelligent LED lighting and adaptive high beam headlights. On the inside, we’d stick with a no-cost wood-look trim and choose one of the $1,620 leather upholstery options – not the $4,900 designo Nappa leather. Throw in massaging seats, a heated steering wheel, the Driver Assistance Package, Premium Package, and head-up display and you’re all-in on a great package deal for less than $80,000 including destination.

Comparisons

2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain vs Audi A6 allroad
These two vehicles are remarkably similar, right down to the cylinder count and mild-hybrid assistance. The Audi only has 335 hp to play with, but its 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds matches the Mercedes claim. Mercedes wins the fuel efficiency battle though, 2 mpg more efficient across the board than the Audi, and we peg it as having the smoother powertrain, too.
 
It’s another win for the Mercedes when it comes to cargo capacity. It offers five cubic feet more room with the seats folded up, and it has a third row of seats in a pinch. Both have classy, comfortable interiors, but we think Audi pulls it off a little better, and it comes with more toys as standard, with more safety features and the likes of tri-zone climate control, a 360-degree camera, and a 16-speaker B&O sound system. Despite this, its pricing starts at $1,700 less. The Audi may represent better value in this regard, but the Merc makes the most sense to us from a practicality perspective, and the added fuel savings paired with more power – smoother power at that – sway us in favor of the E-Class, if only by a little.
 
2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain vs Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo’s V90 Cross Country might just be the most handsome wagon out there, but looks alone can’t win this fight. In one crucial way, Volvo is superior. The Swedish brand always includes a lot of safety features as standard despite its base price being nearly $13,000 less than the Merc.
 
The Mercedes does make the V90 feel old, however. Volvo’s twincharged four-cylinder engines were impressive a few years ago, but not anymore. At just 316 hp combined, it’s 46 hp down on the Merc and is nowhere near as refined. Yet the Mercedes is still able to match the Volvo’s gas mileage.
 
We’re thankful Volvo started this whole minimalist interior trend, but the Sensus touchscreen system is also starting to show its age. No matter how well you know it, you still have to look down to do something as simple as changing the cabin’s temperature. The Merc’s tech is much newer and much easier to use, and dare we say it, its interior also feels fresher. The Volvo may be slightly more spacious, but it doesn’t have third-row seats, and the trunk is smaller than the Mercedes. We’ll always have a soft spot for Volvo wagons, and the V90 CC is exceptionally cool, but the 2022 E-Class All-Terrain is a superior car, even if you have to pay a fair bit more for that superiority. If you’re shopping on a budget, though, the V90 is exceptional value for money. 

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Mercedes-Benz E 300 Coupe AMG Line Review

Only launched a few weeks back, we have already had the chance to test Mercedes-Benz’ all-new E-Class Coupé. In fact, this E300 Coupé was a bit like Darth Vader’s wheels. Well, that’s what at least two of the people we happened across said. They’re coupled at the tote, old Darth Vader and black.

Anywa, this is the freshly face lifted Mercedes-Benz E 300 Coupe AMG Line. And it does one thing really well. It very much looks the part. But it also does a so much else very well, too.

E 300 Coupé Accelerates Strongly, Handles Well

Acceleration is impressive, smooth; road holding and handling involving – especially at an elevated pace. For a larger family-coupé, that is. Albeit a touch rowdy, this latest 255 hp 277 lb-ft Nm turbo four-pot has a fruity exhaust note and works the chassis well enough. Although that four-cylinder noise may be a disappointment to the petrol heads expecting a V8 burble. Welcome to tomorrow, Darth Vader.


 
Tight, fast cornering is a pleasure and road-feel is positive, if a tad noisy over rougher tar surfaces. Probably because of those tires. Otherwise, it’s silent as a ghost with impeccable ride quality. The E 300 Coupé reduces the effects of gnarly speed-reducing road-bumps and humps to a far smoother, more acceptable experience.
 
That 9-speed gearbox is a treat in everyday driving, although it tends to get a bit laggy if you push it hard, when the car’s considerable heft also starts to make itself known. And we noticed a tendency to creep without notice when stopped and idling though.
 
But there’s more to this car than just the go. It has the show in spades, too. Ours had the coolest black on black wheels and LED headlights on the outside. And if technology exists, it’s in this AMG line specced cabin.

E300 Coupé Party Time as tech Meets Craftsmanship

Our specimen E300 Coupé had an impressive and immaculate party time red and black trimmed leather cabin. Red? Oh dear – don’t tell old Darth. It’s an intriguing space where Mercedes tech meets craftsmanship. Unique turbine vents compete with that twin 12.3-inch widescreen in a spectacular trade-off for the most attention.


 
Mercedes-Benz has also taken its already hugely impressive multifunction steering wheel tech another step forward. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the expanded touch tech on this new wheel takes multifunction to a new level altogether. Merc’s rivals were still trying to catch up to the touchpad tech on the last level multifunction wheel. Now it’s just moved even further ahead…
 
You get a kaleidoscope of ambient lighting, a reversing camera, split folding rear seats and that bigger 12.3-inch screen. Trying hard to be an IMAX cinema on wheels, with proper smartphone connectivity to boot, infotainment really is top class. And Miss My Mercedes at your beck and call.

It’s Roomy for a Merc Coupé

The seats are adjustable. In every direction. So, in spite of a lower driving position visibility is great. Add a panoramic roof and splendid 13-speaker Burmester stereo. And even a Driving Assistance pack for semi-autonomous motorway driving. It had a Lane Tracking pack, which I’d never have. I stopped to turn it off post haste. But if that floats your boat…


 
That cabin really looks great and has high quality, rigid components. Typical merc. Most of all, this E 300 Coupé is sensibly roomy and without much compromise. Which is good for a Merc coupé. Four adults fit inside. All their baggage in the cavernous trunk. And those pillarless windows bring a bit of Subaru-esque je ne sais quoi, mind you.
 
So, if looking good and driving cool is high on your agenda, this Vader-like E-Class Coupe defines Mercedes at its imperious best. Not quite the boy racer, it’s more of a sporty posh luxury sled. It away takes that driving stress, rather than piling it on.

E300 Coupé is basically a Mini Me S Coupé

And it’s half the price of its S-Class Coupe big bro, so maybe best without the badge. It is a serenely relaxing experience, all the same.
 
ROAD TESTED:
Mercedes-Benz E 300 Coupé AMG Line
Engine: 255 hp 277 lb-ft 2-litre turbo petrol I4
Drive: 9-speed automatic RWD
 
TESTED:
0-40 mph: 2.81 sec
0-60 mph: 5.89 sec
0-100 mph: 14.16 sec
¼-mile: 14.3 sec @ 98 mph
50-75 mph: 4.14 sec
75-100 mph: 6.12 sec
 
CLAIMED:
VMax: 155 mph
Fuel: 38.7 mpg 

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Mercedes-Benz EQE Will Be Smaller Than The E-Class

Mercedes-Benz is going all-in on their EQ line of vehicles, with six new cars confirmed to launch over the coming months and years. We’ve already seen spy shots of the EQS Sedan, which will be unveiled later this year. This time it’s the turn of the smaller EQE Sedan.

The EQE Sedan will be the second car to use Mercedes‘ new Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA). Like the EQS Sedan, it’ll follow the hierarchy set by their legacy models, meaning that the EQE will play in the same segment as the E-Class.

 


 
However, the EQE won’t just be a simple rework of the E-Class body shell. It will be based on the new Modular Electric Architecture (MEA) and feature a swoopy cab-forward design, as we’ve seen with the EQS, inspired by the Mercedes Vision EQS concept car.

Like the EQS Sedan, the EQE Sedan (codenamed V295) will spawn an SUV variation. In what could prove to be a confusing naming convention, this soft-roader be called the EQE SUV.


 
From these images, it’s evident that the EQE is smaller in overall diameter than the EQS Sedan, with our spy photographers noting that it may even be slightly shorter overall than the current E-Class. But, thanks to the EVA platform’s flat-floor design, the interior is likely to be more spacious than the ICE-power car.

The EQE also offers a “proper” boot, unlike the five-door lift-back style featured on the EQS. The side profile’s most striking feature is how the beltline sweeps up in a manner not often seen in a Mercedes-Benz design. That said, the heavy camouflage and body panel disguise would indicate that the outlines of the rear quarter panels and the hood are not to be believed just yet.


 
The interior is expected to feature a version of the forthcoming MBUX Hyperscreen. The boundary-breaking dashboard features three screens sitting under one massive expanse of glass. The glass stretches from door to door and allows the front-seat passenger to have their own dedicated display.

Powertrains are yet to be confirmed, as the car itself looks set to be a 2022 model. What we expect, though, are twin motor setups with all-wheel drive. The German carmaker aims to offer the bigger EQS Sedan with a driving range of up to 435 miles (700 km), so expect to see similarly impressive figures from the EQE as well.
 
There’s also a strong likelihood that we’ll see AMG models of the EQE Sedan as well, set to take on the likes of the Taycan, e-tron GT, and Tesla Model S. Read more > https://mercedes-world.com/eq/mercedes-benz-eqe-e-class

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Mercedes-Benz E 450 Coupe Review Test Drive

The schedule said a 2021 Mercedes-Benz E 450 was going to be showing up on Tuesday. The following week was therefore going to be a good one, at least automotively, with one of the finest sedans in creation gracing the driveway. Perhaps we’d take a nice family drive somewhere; take advantage of that big, comfy back seat.

Then the E arrived. It was missing doors. And B pillars. And that big, comfy back seat. This was in fact going to be a week spent with an E 450 Coupe. Admittedly, I had just assumed it would be a sedan and if I’m honest, I had pretty much forgotten the E-Class Coupe even existed. After all, two-door cars are increasingly an endangered species with scarce sales and a consequent meager selection of choices. To that point, the E 450 is the only car in its class. The coupes offered by BMW, Audi, Infiniti and Lexus are all smaller and cheaper, while there are a number of bigger and/or pricier choices.

 
 
This scarcity is a tragedy. There’s an indelible romantic quality to coupes, especially ones as beautiful as this one, its curvaceous body slathered in silky Mojave Silver paint. They are indeed inherently less practical than a sedan or, ugh, a crossover coupe. They’re also inherently not a transportation appliance. By choosing a coupe, you’re far more likely to have drives that are more about the journey than the destination. Trips that are about the one or two people sitting up front, rather the kids or friends in back, and all the stuff you crammed into the trunk to enjoy away from the car at that destination. I can remember every coupe I took on a road trip: the Mercedes CL65 to the Grand Canyon, the Nissan GT-R to Vegas, the Challenger to Phoenix, the LC 500 to Bend, Oregon. All the sedans and SUVs everywhere else? They’re just a blur.

In a way, though, choosing a coupe is also the practical acknowledgment that back seats are often rarely used and trunks rarely filled. You can file a crossover coupe’s all-wheel drive and extra ground clearance into that folder as well. If you already have a practical car at home, why not indulge in a little automotive romanticism? When did we all get so sensible and boring?


 
Probably around the time that traffic became unbearable everywhere and the vast majority of driving a chore. Why have a romantic car when so many people see nothing romantic in driving? We are not those people, though; certainly not if you find yourself routinely reading Autoblog. While much digital ink has been spilt in the crusade to #SaveTheManuals, some should be held in reserve to protect coupes from going extinct. Just as much would be lost.

Although the E 450 Coupe shares its interior design with its sedan and wagon siblings, the grand, opulent nature of it seems far more fitting in this most romantic of variations. The broad swath of open-pore wood seems to lap across the dash likes waves and cascades down the center console. The four rotary air vents stare out like the engines of a 747, their inner workings aglow in multi-color ambient lighting that complements the color glowing from behind the trim below. There are the grand, futuristic MBUX displays, the intricate Burmester speaker grilles and the novel, twin-spoke AMG steering wheel. This E-Class Coupe may not have been graced with one of the striking two-tone color combinations, but even in all-black, this cabin stands to make every drive that much more of an event, which, to belabor the point, is a coupe’s raison d’etre.


 
To that end, actually driving the E 450 is as special as one would hope. In true grand touring tradition, it can cosset you comfortably for countless miles with a ride that’s far cushier than anything you’ll find in a sports coupe (a BMW M4, for example). True, our test car benefited from ample sidewall courtesy of 18-inch wheels, significantly reducing the chances of harsh reactions to gnarled pavement. Yet in its pocket was also the optional Air Body Control air suspension, a cool $1,900 that’s very well spent. In addition to providing the aforementioned plush ride one might expect from something dubbed an “air suspension,” its ability to firm up the damping and lower the ride height also improves handling. While most cars today have some sort of drive modes that alter various components and controls to create a more relaxed, comfortable or engaging driving experience, the E 450’s goes a bit further by actually transforming the car’s character.

With the suspension considerably firmer, the steering tauter, the transmission staying in lower gears and the throttle more responsive to delicate inputs, you might as well be in a different car. That’s neat, because the car you were previously in was pretty great. So is this one, but in a different way. In Sport+, or to a lesser extent Sport, it suddenly feels smaller and more agile, as if shrink-wrapped around you. At the same time, the suspension never becomes intolerably firm, nor the powertrain overcaffeinated. It doesn’t try to be a sports coupe and is better for it.


 
Under hood, the E 450 has Mercedes’ innovative new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with EQ Boost mild-hybrid system. It’s good for 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and when paired with 4Matic all-wheel drive as this was, dispatches 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds. True to the car’s character, this is a rather undramatic powertrain. There are no histrionic AMG exhaust noises, and if Mercedes pipes in anything fake through the sound system, it’s certainly not noticeable. It’s incredibly smooth and effortless in its power delivery, which probably shouldn’t be surprising for an inline-six amplified by a turbocharger and an electric motor. If there is a dynamic complaint, it’s that the nine-speed transmission’s Sport+ mode isn’t quite as eager to downshift when braking as in AMG applications.

One also has to acknowledge that by going with a traditional hardtop coupe design and dispensing with the B pillar, you can detect a slight loss in structural rigidity, especially over bumps. There’s no flex or creaking or anything overt, but there are also no free lunches. At least the resulting meal of freer-flowing air and the classic coolness of a hardtop is forever tasty. Pity about that little vestigial window bit at the rear.


 
Losing the B pillar also makes it far easier to climb into the back seat, but this is still a coupe. It’s obviously a lot less practical than a four-door car. At least it’s a big coupe. The trunk measures a perfectly usable 10 cubic feet, and the back seat offers sufficient legroom for average-sized adults. Headroom is surprisingly good too, although taller folks may find the car’s rather aggressive tumblehome making contact with the side of their head. Weird.

Really, the E 450’s biggest drawback is one common with every newer Mercedes: the MBUX interface is convoluted and frustrating. Sure, it looks pretty, but it’s laborious to switch between menus; too many icons are small and the same color as the background; and although it utilizes a touchscreen, the unit is so far away, I end up wanting to use the touchpad that falls readily at hand. Except touchpads are a terrible way to control things in a car. See Lexus, Remote Touch.
 
Yet much like that infernal bit of tech in the otherwise exquisite Lexus LC 500, my dislike of MBUX doesn’t come close to ruining the Mercedes-Benz E 450 Coupe. It may represent a segment of one, but it’s hard to imagine any brand possibly topping this masterful and appropriately romantic effort. It’s a special car and it made for memorable drives, even if here in early 2021, there was nowhere to really go. I suppose that makes a car like this even more important – your drives have to be about the journey since the destination is inevitably bound to be something no more exotic than Target or the drive-thru. 

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Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG Wagon 550-Horsepower Could Be The One For You

 

Looking for a performance car that you can also use for the daily school run? This 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon could be the one for you.

We’re living in an era where SUVs have become the go-to vehicles for those looking for family cars, but performance-focused wagon/estate vehicles have something undeniably cool about them. This E63 AMG Wagon currently residing in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, looks to have been well maintained and will make its future owner stand out from the droves of SUVs that have seemingly taken over the streets.

The Bring A Trailer ad lists that the car is finished in Diamond White Metallic and sits on factory 19-inch AMG wheels finished in black and wrapped in staggered-width Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Adding to the wagon’s desirability is the fact that it is equipped with the factory P30 Performance Package that boosts power to 550 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque routed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic. It also includes a stiffened electronically adjustable sport suspension and an AMG-specific braking system with cross-drilled rotors and red calipers.

Inside, the Merc features black semi-aniline leather across the seats and door panels, various carbon fiber accents and a black Alcantara headliner. It also has powered, heated, and ventilated seats with memory functions, a panoramic moonroof, Blind Spot assist, lane tracking, and illuminated door sills.

This E63 AMG Wagon has been driven 103,000 km (~64,000 miles) and was serviced in October and fitted with new differential side cover seals, axle nuts, and front sway bar links. It is being sold with service records, factory literature, accessories, two Carfax reports and a British Columbia registration. 

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Mercedes-Benz E 450 All-Terrain 2021 Review

Once upon a time, station wagons dominated America’s roadways. They were the preferred mode of transport for frugal families road-tripping across the country until the arrival of the minivan. Today, wagons make up a sliver of new vehicle sales. That’s despite a surge in models that blur the lines. Traditional wagons exist and continue to appeal to consumers looking for something different, but high-riding, ruggedized long-roofs are becoming more and more common.

 Subaru is the most successful purveyor of this sort of car, but Volvo has its Cross Country range and Audi is expanding the Allroad line with a new A6 Avant-based model. These vehicles attempt to marry the appeal of wagons – that they’re interesting, different holdovers of another time – with the air of capability that makes crossovers popular. For 2021, Mercedes-Benz is getting in on the action, discontinuing its E450 Wagon and introducing the E450 All-Terrain.
 
Packing a standard air suspension , a boost in ground clearance, and some rugged body mods (not to mention the same changes introduced on the broader E-Class line for 2021) does mean added capability. But even with these new touches, this high-riding wagon feels too much like its traditional counterpart in a few important ways.

Looking The Part

The E-Class All-Terrain’s new headlights, more prominent grille, and tweaked front bumper conspire to produce a more premium, attractive face than last year’s E-Class Wagon. And where the back of the revised E sedan looks worse than its predecessor, the designers left well enough alone on the wagon, retaining the slim, horizontal taillights and a wide-opening aperture with a low lift-over height.


 
The All-Terrain differs from its predecessor, though, with prominent black plastic around its wheel arches and side sills. The 2021 model is no wider than last year – both cars span 73.7 inches, not including the mirrors – but there is a subtle flare to the arches that produces more visual mass. There’s also black plastic on the front and rear bumpers, although the protection on offer is minimal (this is no G-Wagen).

The car’s stance is more purposeful, although our tester left us scratching our head with its optional 20-inch wheels.
 
Completing the tougher look is a boost to the E450’s ride height. The now-standard air suspension offers 5.8 inches of ground clearance, 2.0 inches more than what you got from last year’s E450 Wagon. The car’s stance is more purposeful, although our tester left us scratching our head with its optional 20-inch wheels. They look good and are a visual benefit to the car overall, but big wheels and skinny sidewalls don’t give the impression of SUV-like toughness.


 
Mercedes made one significant change to the E-Class cabin, with every variant receiving a new steering wheel design. The company opted to replace physical buttons and scrollers with touch-capacitive controls. Some work, like the “buttons” that activate and adjust the cruise control. But the important controls – the volume slider and the directional pads for controlling the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system – tend to have a mind of their own.

Almost All Terrain

This is not a Mercedes problem, but these lifted wagons are rarely as capable as they look. In the E450 All-Terrain’s case, though, the bones are good. The air suspension allows up to an inch of height adjustment, and new Offroad and Offroad Plus driving modes, plus hill descent control, provide an easy avenue for tweaks to the suspension, stability control, and powertrain.
 
The chink in this car’s armor is, as is often the case, its tires. The E-Class is only available with 19- or 20-inch wheels with 245/45/19 or 245/40/20 tires, respectively. Our tester featured the larger option and was perfectly fine on smooth and paved roads. The soft air suspension soaks up abuse so well that you aren’t even aware you’re riding on rubber bands. But dirt roads are an anxiety-inducing experience, to the point that we can’t understand why Mercedes engineered dedicated off-road driving modes – they’re moot with the factory wheel/tire choices.

It’s a miracle the E450 survived our dirt-road session without a flat tire.
 
We integrated 90 minutes of dirt-road driving – typical stuff for rural Michigan – into our usual test loop, and it’s a miracle the E450 survived without a flat tire. Bumps that didn’t look all that significant sent a groan-inducing shudder through the body, preceded by the instantly identifiable clunk of a wheel accepting forces that the tire should handle. While it hurts the aesthetics, the first thing we’d do with an E450 All-Terrain is drop the wheel diameter to 17 or 18 inches and then fit the thickest sidewalls the car could accommodate without rubbing – there’d be a dramatic improvement in dirt-road comfort.

Still Works As A Wagon

Despite the All-Terrain treatment, the E450 still works as a suburban runabout. Packing a new engine for 2021 – a non-AMG version of the E53’s turbocharged, mild-hybrid straight-six – and standard all-wheel drive, this wagon offers innocuous performance around town. There’s 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque – identical to the E450’s old twin-turbo V6 – and while Mercedes isn’t publishing a zero-to-60 time, we’d wager it remains in the five-second range.


 
The 2021 E450 doesn’t feel any quicker than its predecessor, but the new mild-hybrid engine is far, far smoother. That’s partially down to the inline layout – arranging six cylinders in a row is inherently better than putting them in a V – but also thanks to the EQ Boost mild-hybrid system, which uses a 48-volt electrical architecture to power a compressor that immediately spools the turbocharger. The combo of these two things means that off the line, the All-Terrain accelerates like the more luxurious, refined car. The new engine is quieter, for a start, but what you hear is smoother and more pleasant, too.
 
Despite the All-Terrain treatment, the E450 still works as a suburban runabout.
 
Meanwhile, the added ride height has only a small impact on how the All-Terrain handles. There’s more body roll, which makes sense, but it’s easy to predict how the car will respond to inputs. Overall grip levels are high too, owing to the wildly inappropriate-for-an-off-roader Pirelli PZero rubber. This is an easy car to hustle about.

Price Is Still An Issue

Ultimately, and as was the case the last time we drove an E-Class Wagon, we’re still concerned about the cost of this variant and the limited number of configurations it’s available in. The All-Terrain only offers the 3.0-liter EQ Boosted straight-six, while its $67,600 starting price is over $10,000 more than a GLE 350 4Matic and $5,100 more than its nearest counterpart, the GLE 450.
 
Those points aside, the All-Terrain has one big pro we haven’t mentioned: exclusivity. Mercedes imports precious few wagons to the United States each year, making the E450 and its AMG counterpart, the E63, two of the company’s rarer vehicles. That hasn’t been enough to motivate customers in the past, but with a ruggedized alternative to the traditional wagon arriving in showrooms soon, it’s possible that Mercedes may see some more interest from American consumers looking for something different. Read more > https://mercedes-world.com/e-class/mercedes-benz-e-450-all-terrain-review

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Mercedes-Benz E 220 d 2021 Executive Car Of The Year

If you were going to list the key attributes any executive saloon needed to posses, it would read like a checklist for the new Mercedes E-Class: style, space, comfort and an element of luxury, efficiency, performance and technology.

 The updated E received a mid-life boost earlier this year, which elevated it to the top of its class. As well as some styling tweaks designed to bring its look into line with newer models of the family, Mercedes’ revised MBUX infotainment system, complete with twin 12.3-inch screens, was key to the upgrades.
 
With more connectivity, sharper graphics and features such as augmented reality for the sat-nav, it’s as advanced as in-car tech comes. That’s supported by the availability of Mercedes’ excellent semi-autonomous driver aids – which will help take the strain off during the long motorway trips cars like this routinely make – as well as a strong level of safety tech, because these saloons (the E-Class is also available as an estate, coupé or convertible) double as family transport for many buyers, too.
 
There’s pure-diesel power, mild-hybrid petrol or a pair of plug-ins available. The E 220 d is still the entry point, and a fine power unit with even more refinement, but for business users the E 300 e (petrol) and E 300 de (diesel) EQ Power plug-ins could be of more interest, with a claimed all-electric range of 34 miles for both cars and efficiency of up to 235.4mpg for the diesel PHEV. When you consider that it takes just 90 minutes to recharge its 13.5kWh battery using a home wallbox, it shows how far this class has come.
 
The E-Class rides as well as ever, absorbing bumps with a languid flow to its damping to deliver plenty of comfort to occupants. While the saloon handles well enough, it’s the refinement and quality the Mercedes offers that’s key.
New versions of rivals are set to hit the market soon, with updated plug-in powertrains, so the Mercedes faces a stiff challenge in the future, but the ability that has cemented the E-Class in top spot in this Executive Car class means it has the potential to reign supreme for some time to come.
 
Our choice

 Mercedes E 220 d AMG Line (£41,555)
AMG Line trim offers style and substance, with nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of the dual-widescreen infotainment display, plus heated seats and wireless phone charging on top of some strong safety kit. The 220 d engine combines refinement, punch and efficiency, claiming economy of 53.3mpg.


 
Commended

Audi A6
With a plug-in model joining the range, the high-tech, well built and spacious A6 delivers an incredible breadth of ability across the range. Audi’s usual level of infotainment and quality means the A6 is a tempting alternative to the E-Class.


 

Volvo S90
If you don’t want a German saloon but do like the idea of electrification, with plug-in hybrid power offering huge performance and efficiency potential, the Volvo S90 offers a slice of Scandi cool with real eco appeal, too. 

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