The Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class Hybrid Is Coming To Australia
Sharper and cleaner than its battery-powered sibling, the refreshed mid-size sedan offers the best of both worlds.
Mercedes-Benz knows not every driver is ready to go fully electric just yet. That’s why the German brand continues to build vehicles with internal combustion engines—like the brand-new E-Class.
The luxury marque unveiled the next generation of its popular mid-size sedan on Tuesday. The four-door will launch as part of the 2024 model year and features a refreshed design, standard hybrid powertrain options and a high-tech cabin similar to what you’d find in one of the company’s forward-thinking EVs.
The automaker bills the new E-Class as a “bridge between tradition and digitalisation,” and where that comes through most clearly is the leather-covered interior. The cabin looks almost identical to that of the top-of-the-line EQS sedan, except that its dashboard has just two digital displays—one tucked into the driver’s cockpit, the other atop the centre stack—as opposed to the dashboard-spanning Hyperscreen. An optional third display for the font passenger is available, though.
However many screens you opt for, they’re all run by a refreshed computer system that is compatible with third-party apps, like Angry Birds, Zoom and TikTok. A selfie camera is also built into the dashboard so that you can utilise the latter two programs when the vehicle is parked. The cabin also features upgraded voice control, a Burmester 4-D surround sound system and ambient lighting that can be programmed to pulse with the beat.
The new E-Class may not be battery-powered, but it comes with one of two mild hybrid powertrains that get an electric boost from a 48-volt integrated starter generator. The E350 4MATIC features a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that can produce 190kW (255 hp) and 400 Nm of torque thanks to its electric motor. Meanwhile, the E450 4MATIC has a turbocharged six-cylinder that can produce 280kW (375 hp) and 600 Nm of torque with the help of its electric motor. An extra 16.4kW (22 hp) and 200 Nm of twist is available to both powertrains when the temporary boost function is triggered. Both powertrains come mated to an updated nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. As far as performance numbers go, all we know so far is that both versions have a top speed of 241 km/h.
The sedan comes with a four-link suspension with steel springs, but a constantly adjusting air suspension is available as part of the optional Technology package. This add-on lowers the car by a half inch for better efficiency at speeds of over 120 km/h. Rear-wheel steering comes standard for better manoeuvrability at low speeds, too.
According to Mercedes-Benz Australia, the new E-Class is set to arrive on local shores in the first quarter of 2024. While local pricing is yet to be announced, the current E-Class range is priced from $106,600.
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