In price, the E-Class is positioned above the entry-level CLA-Class and smaller C-Class but below the more expensive CLS and flagship S-Class. The E-Class is available in several body styles powered by an assortment of turbocharged engines.
The base E300 (rear-wheel-drive) and E300 4Matic (all-wheel-drive) are powered by a 241-hp, 273-lb-ft of torque 2.0-liter turbo I-4 engine. A 329-hp, 354-lb-ft 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 powers the E400/E400 4Matic Cabriolet, the E400 4Matic Wagon, and E400/E400 4Matic Coupe. The AMG E43 Sedan (4Matic) uses a more powerful version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that is tuned to deliver 396 hp and 384 lb-ft. The AMG-handcrafted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 produces a whopping 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque and comes equipped in the new Mercedes-AMG E63 S Sedan and Wagon (both with 4Matic all-wheel drive). All engines are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission; the AMG E63 models use a beefier AMG Speedshift nine-speed unit.
The E-Class offers some of the most advanced active safety features currently on the market. The Pre-Safe Impulse Side feature rapidly inflates the front driver or passenger seat’s side bolster, moving the passenger 2.75 inches away from the impact zone once the system detects a side collision. When the standard Pre-Safe Sound detects an accident, the system will emit a short interference signal if a collision is detected, triggering a protective reflex in the ear helping to reduce hearing loss. Distance Pilot Distronic can follow a vehicle at a pre-selected distance up to 130 mph while Steering Pilot helps the driver stay in the middle of the lane with slight steering wheel adjustments. Evasive Steering Assist will assist the driver in an evasive maneuver by adding calculated steering torque and the Cross-Traffic feature of the Active Brake Assist system can detect cross-traffic and automatically brake if necessary. Active Lane Change Assist will automatically change lanes for the driver if clear. The standard Car-to-X Communication (car-to-car) feature can communicate with other Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with the same feature and help the driver avoid upcoming road hazards they cannot see yet like traffic accidents.