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It's Bigger!: Mercedes-Benz Launches E-Class LWB in Beijing

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Mercedes used the Beijing Auto Show as a stage to debut its new, Chinese-market E-Class L. Built locally by Beijing Benz Automotive Co.,Ltd (BBAC), the E-Class L is nothing more than a stretched E-Class.

Other than that, what do you need to know? Not much, actually. The car's length, wheelbase, and rear legroom have increase by 14 cm (5.5 inches) and the front seats can be controlled from the back (so don't let jerks sit in the back...).

The ground clearance has also grown and the car features Merc's Agility Control suspension system. Those are the key bits.

Safety features include Mercedes' PRE-SAFE technology, a sleep alert system, and other various safety features.

The trunk carries 540 liters and 2 engines are available at launch: the 260 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY making 150 kW / 204 hp and the E300 producing 180 kW / 245 hp. Oh, and it's got the smallest turning circle in its class.

For a breakdown of the three trim levels offered at launch, you know where to scroll.

"The [E 260 CGI] ELEGANCE version already comes, among other things, with bi-xenon headlamps, adaptive ILS (Intelligent Light System), electric sliding sunroof, automatic air conditioning and COMAND DVD system.

Additional highlights of the E 260 CGI AVANTGARDE version includeselectric panoramic sliding sunroof, COMANDAPS with DVD changer, THERMATIC air conditioning system, heated rear seats and residual heat system. The E 300 Avantgarde also features a Rear Seat Entertainment System (two large 20.3 cm screens in the backs of the front seat head restraints), KEYLESS-GO electronic drive authorisation system and remote boot closing."

By Phil Alex




11 Comments:

Anonymous said... »April 23, 2010

what's it with China and long wheelbases..?

Anonymous said... »April 24, 2010

That's right China..., to you Chinese people who are still living in the past still think bigger & longer is best. Just remember that the Detroit big three once had the same philosophy decades ago & are now bankrupt & out of money. Their car were big & long but could never really perform well... Sorry that the German brand Merc has to come up with these pointless cars just bcus Chinese customers are going crazy over everything that is big & long... Sad indeed.

Anonymous said... »April 24, 2010

exactly! after all they are small people, so what for these long cars the need!?

Anonymous said... »April 24, 2010

"the front seats can be controlled from the back..." By potential jerks? Now what possible use can this feature have for the driver,who is supposed to be in control of the whole car? Imagine you're driving at 70 mph then your 10 yr.old kid decides to mess with the driver seat,sending it sliding backwards or forwards. Brilliant,Mercedes. Brilliant. May I suggest....an ejector seat for the driver and front passenger,which can also be controlled by rear passengers..

Anonymous said... »April 24, 2010

as an avid worldwide business traveler, it should be noted that these long wheel base (LWB) cars are mostly utilized for executive services such as the lincoln town car and town car "L" (and chrysler 300 lwb) in the united states. these vehicles are often used to chauffeur visitors from throughout the world. naturally, people of all sizes and statures, not unlike myself, like to stretch out in comfort, especially after a long international flight. the standard size e-class is also available for sale and lease in china.

Anonymous said... »April 24, 2010

"That's right China..., to you Chinese people who are still living in the past still think bigger & longer is best. Just remember that the Detroit big three once had the same philosophy decades ago & are now bankrupt & out of money. Their car were big & long but could never really perform well... Sorry that the German brand Merc has to come up with these pointless cars just bcus Chinese customers are going crazy over everything that is big & long... Sad indeed."

Idiot. You wouldn't say the same if you were over 2M tall.

Anonymous said... »April 25, 2010

just like the 5er...pointless. Can anyone please explain??? what happened to 7 series L?

para said... »April 25, 2010

Right...because the Chinese have a reputation for being 2m tall on average.
But anyway...both Mercedes and BMW have a tradition of offering LWB-models of their S-class and 7-series. I guess, with the E-class they are simply looking at offering something slightly more affordable for this particular market.

Anonymous said... »April 26, 2010

What do you expect from the 'average Chinese' who look at a mini & can't even understand its worth & complain that it is a cheap & useless car bcus it is small & short...? Since Merc is making cars for these backward people no wonder that Merc coming up with these pointless cars just for the chinese market... I guess the Chinese have to over-compensate for thier 'small size' by trying to own everything that is big & longer than the other person... What a sh*t hole China is...

Ugly said... »April 26, 2010

You pay ones money, you take ones choice...!

Anonymous said... »July 20, 2010

Only the front passenger seat can be controlled from the rear, and it is so rear seat passengers get more legroom if the front seat is unoccupied. The feature can also be disabled by the front seat passenger. So the safety is not compromised (typical Mercedes of course).

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