German automaker Mercedes-Benz will be leading the charge for 2016 by launching the next-generation E-class saloon at the Detroit Motorshow in January. Prior to that, Mercedes has provided glimpses of its interior of the upcoming E-Class, codenamed W213. According to Mercedes-Benz the “all-new design” E-Class will be “much more beautiful and modern” than the predecessor and “much cleaner than even the C-Class and S-Class”.
Let’s begin with the centrepiece; the new E-Class joins the digital dashboard bandwagon just like its S-Class sibling, with two 12.3-inch screens integrated as a single unit. The new digital dashboard is offered to all trims, except the entry-level ‘Avantgarde’ trim.
The new digital dashboard allows a wide range of customization and also included, an improvised main menu interface for COMAND. The gauge cluster offers three theme options for the drivers to choose from – Classic, Sport and Progressive.
The eponymous Classic mode will feature a clean, two-gauge design and different driver-selectable information screens in the middle. While in the Sport mode, it retains the similar two-gauge design, changing the fonts and colours to a brighter and more aggressive looks. Progressive mode changes the display just like the ones in supercars where a large single-gauge is being displayed, giving drivers the impression of driving an AMG sports car.
New to the new E-class is the dual thumb controls on the steering wheel. The left side controls functionalities in the gauge cluster while on the other side controls the main infotainment screen. The buttons are touch-sensitive just like a smartphone, hence allowing commands to be delivered via horizontal and vertical finger swipes with ease.
The driver and passenger are welcomed by an elegant and classiful interior using the finest authentic materials offered by Mercedes-Benz. This includes open-pore woods, wood in a yachting look with flowing lines and a novel metal fabric. The doors are leather-covered with beltline for selected lines. Personalization is the main theme of this new E-Class, as it has 64 ambient light colours to choose from.
Also expected in the new E-Class are newly designed headlamps that feature the high-resolution MULTIBEAM LED technology with ILS (Intelligent Light System) and Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus. This feature allows a flexible and adjustable high-resolution light distribution allowing improved safety while driving in the dark. The newly designed “one-part” rear lights will be incorporated in the new E-Class, improving rear illumination.
The W213 E-Class will be available in the forms of a sleek estate, dramatic coupé and cabriolet and a hot E63 AMG model. Look out more for the new 5-Series and A6 fighter during the world premiere of the new E-Class on January 11 2016.