China’s New Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB Looks Like A Mini Maybach

It sounds like a contradiction when we’re talking about car measuring over 5 meters long, but a ‘mini Maybach’ is probably the best description one can give to Mercedes-Benz’s new long-wheelbase E-Class L.

Purpose-developed exclusively for China and built by Beijing Benz Automotive Co. (BBAC), Mercedes’ joint venture with BAIC, the E-Class L was introduced today ahead of a world premiere tomorrow at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

It stretches the regular 2017 E-Class sedan’s wheelbase by 140mm or 5.5 inches to 3,079mm or 121.2 inches, for an overall length of 5,063mm (199.3 inches), which means it has a longer wheelbase than the standard S-Class (3,035mm / 119.5 in), while being a tad shorter (5,116mm / 201.4 in).

Instead of just extending the rear doors and roofline, leaving everything else intact, Mercedes-Benz took a page from their Maybach S-Class models integrating a triangular window into the C-pillar, giving the E-Class L more harmonious proportions, and at the same time, a more unique appearance.

The elongated wheelbase provides rear passengers with an additional 134mm of legroom. Also, because the rear seat was pushed back, there’s a larger clearance for entry and exit with the doors open. The E-Class L has a five seat configuration, but it gets a folding center armrest that includes illuminated stowage compartment and a USB port as standard, with an integral touchscreen, wireless charger, and a heated pad being offered as an option.

Elsewhere, the ‘L’ model gets the same comfort and safety amenities as the regular wheelbase E-Class, including the fully digital instrument cluster.

The only powertrain confirmed at this point for the Chinese market in Mercedes’ literature is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four gasoline engine for the E200 L, but in the pictures, we see that there’s also an E300 L and a E320 L. 

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  • Evo45

    I guess you have to see the pictures again, because there’s E320 L (that “only E200 L” thing)

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I like this.

  • Kash

    “The only powertrain confirmed at this point for the Chinese market is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four gasoline engine for the E200 L.”

    So the dark blue model doesn’t say E320 on the back in pics 12&13 then?

    • JohnCarscoop

      My mistake – I should have taken a closer look at the pictures (too), instead of relying on the press release that only mentioned the E200 L. Besides the E320 L, I see there’s also an E300 L. Post has been updated – thanks for the nudge Kash & EVO45.

  • Bash

    why is china market is so into the LWB variants.. can anyone explain this to me.?

    • Wangon Yiu

      Not because of Chinese ppl have a bigger body. The reason why the Chinese ppl are so into it because Automobile industry is still growing in China. Most of the Chinese households only have one car, which means they use the only one car to do most of their tasks, go to work, pick up your children, go travelling…..And it is better to have a car with a larger space. Different situation with US and CA etc

      • Bash

        so you meant to say that’s for the majority of the common people in china? I thought the LWB variants in china are kind of limited to the executives and embassies or diplomatic individuals and such.