2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: What’s New?
The revised 2014 E-Class starts with significant changes to the ultimate midsize luxury sedan’s styling. While not a complete redesign, the sedan sports an all-new front-end treatment. Gone is the dual headlamp design, replaced by single-lens units that incorporate partial LED lighting into the low beams and daytime running lamps. Full LED headlamps will be an option. Mercedes will now offer two different front-end treatments. Luxury models receive the traditional three-bar Benz grille with a three-pointed star on the hood, while Sport models get a new two-bar grille incorporating a larger three-pointed star, a’la SLS AMG. A deeper front splitter incorporates larger air intakes with chrome accent bars.
In the rear, the prominent pontoon-like quarter-panel bulges have been removed, replaced by flowing character lines that make the sedan look longer and sleeker. Full-LED taillamps are now standard, joined by an all-new rear bumper.
The house of Benz introduces no less than 11 world premiere safety and driver assistance technologies, under the banner “Intelligent Drive.”
Intelligent Drive: The Highlights:
-DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist helps keep the car centered in its lane if the driver starts to wander, also allowing for semi-autonomous following of the car in front in stop-and-go traffic.
-PRE-SAFE technology identifies pedestrians in the car’s path and can autonomously brake to avoid a collision. The system also detects an imminent rear-end collision, applying the brakes and taking numerous occupant protection measures.
-Adaptive Highbeam Assist PLUS allows for better use of the highbeams by detecting other vehicles, then creating a break in the light’s output to prevent blinding of other drivers.
-Active Parking Assist automatically parks the car in both parallel parking and traditional perpendicular spaces.
Much of this is made possible by a new 3D front view camera system, Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera, that can create a 3D image of up to 1,650 feet in front of the car. A new Surround View Camera works like Nissan/INFINITI’s system, creating a 360-degree birds-eye view image around the car.
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