Built on Benz’s modular MRA platform that also underpins the latest C-Class and S-Class models, it grows 65mm at its wheelbase and 43mm in overall length. Despite the larger body, the new car is lighter than its predecessor. Displaying the hallmark Mercedes-Benz saloon proportions, will debut a number of high-tech comfort and safety features. Some of its cooler features include the touch-sensitive control buttons ('Touch Controls') on the steering wheel and the LED ambient lighting with 64 colour options.
Mimicking BMW's 7 Series, it has an optional Remote Parking Pilot system that allows the vehicle to be moved into and out of parking spaces remotely using a smartphone app too.
Powering the new E-Class will be a choice of two engines at market launch: the E200 with a four-cylinder petrol engine (184bhp) and the E220d with an all new four-cylinder diesel engine (195bhp). Other powertrains that will arrive in the future will include the E350e with a four-cylinder petrol engine (279bhp) featuring hybrid technology and the E400 4MATIC will represent the first step into the six-cylinder petrol engine ladder.