The 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-class has entered a new era of automotive technology, evident from the optional selfie camera perched atop its dashboard. Even for iconic models like the E-class, the integration of technology for work, entertainment, safety, and convenience has become essential. However, Mercedes has managed to strike a balance between embracing new advancements and maintaining the traditional luxury sedan feel in the latest redesign, bringing a sense of familiarity.
Scheduled to hit the market early next year, the mid-size E-class now resembles the S-class, boasting slightly larger dimensions and adopting the flowing elegance of its grander sibling. The car’s design exudes quintessential Mercedes-Benz charm, highlighted by the LED taillights illuminating the iconic three-pointed star.
Inside, the cabin of the new E-class showcases tech-infused minimalism, yet it retains traditional luxury elements, ensuring a high level of comfort. The three-box shape of the sedan provides ample headroom in the back, and rear legroom remains generous. The trunk capacity has also been increased, now surpassing that of the S-class.
The future-oriented aspect of the E-class comes to life with its expansive Superscreen digital interface, which integrates a 12.3-inch instrument cluster with 3-D graphics, a 14.4-inch touchscreen, and an optional 12.3-inch passenger display. The MBUX operating system, developed entirely in-house, offers various features such as AI programming that learns user behavior, customizable routines, and an array of functions enabled by interior cameras, including the optional selfie unit. The ambient lighting, synchronized with the Burmester audio system’s 21 speakers, can create a soothing spa-like atmosphere or a lively discotheque experience.
The U.S. models, E350 4Matic and E450 4Matic, come with all-wheel drive, a smooth nine-speed automatic transmission, and a 48-volt hybrid system providing an additional 22 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The E450 model houses a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine with 375 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, offering a refined and quiet ride with ample power for easy cruising.
Despite being slightly larger and heavier than its predecessor, the new E-class maintains its competence on the road. The optional air springs and rear-axle steering enhance its agility in tight turns, while maintaining disciplined body control and a comfortable ride. Although the car is not designed to be a sports sedan, it handles well and delivers a smooth performance.
With its focus on refinement, the E-class remains composed even in Sport mode, and its active exhaust system adds a touch of sportiness without being too overbearing. The E450 is estimated to reach 60 mph in the low-four-second range, and its EPA fuel-economy rating is likely to be similar to the previous model’s 26-mpg combined rating.