- New E400 model with a turbocharged V-6 engine
- Offered in four body styles: coupe, convertible, sedan, and wagon
- Six engine options, divided by model
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class got significant updates last year but doesn’t rest on its laurels for the new model year, adding a new model, the E400 which gets a turbocharged V-6 engine.
The E-Class is the middle child of Mercedes’ car offerings and the most diverse, with six distinct models and four available body styles (sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible). Coupe and convertible models both seat four passengers, while the sedan seats five and the wagon up to seven with a third row added.
Last year’s updates included styling changes that gave the E-Class a more modern design. It sharpened up the E-Class’s characteristics, combining the headlight clusters into single units with attractive LED daytime running lights that surround a bold front grille with a large Mercedes logo planted right in the middle. 17-inch wheels are standard, with larger 18- and 19-inch cogs optional. A power moonroof is standard on most models, while convertibles get a power-operated soft-top.
Models in the E-Class lineup are delineated by the engine they have. The smallest engine is also the most efficient by far, a 190-hp, 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel that is found in the E250 (which comes as a sedan only). Up next is the E350, offered in all four bodystyles, featuring a 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. This same V-6 is used in the E400 hybrid (sedan only), but is accompanied by a 27-hp electric motor that bumps fuel economy up to 30 mpg on the highway. New for 2015 is the E400 (available in all styles except the wagon) which gets a new engine, a 329-hp, turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. E550 models feature a 402-hp, turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8. The E63 AMG tops the lineup; it comes as a sedan or wagon and features a hand-built 550-hp, turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 that gets boosted to 577-hp in S models. All models feature a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Interior changes upped the ante for the E-Class; you choice of two types of wood trim is standard, along with a new three-pod instrument panel that is the crown jewel of the new dashboard design. Comfort and luxury are the goals here, contrasting the sportier cabin found in the C-Class. A small controller is found in the center console between the front seats, it controls many of the audio/climate functions seen in the standard seven-inch touchscreen display mounted high on the dash. Other available features include a Harmon Kardon audio system, Mercedes’ Comand multimedia system, navigation, and heated/ventilated front seats.
Mercedes’ onus on safety is very present in the E-Class, with sedan models earning a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, their highest honor. Nine airbags, forward collision prevention, driver attention monitoring, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control come standard. There is also a lot (and we mean a lot) of available safety technology, including: blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, active park assist which handles all the steering when parallel parking, and lane keeping assist.