2025 Mercedes E-Class Adds RWD Base Model

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2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

When Mercedes-Benz introduced the fully redesigned E-Class for the 2024 model year, the German automaker confirmed that the upscale sedan would only be available with all-wheel drive. That decision, along with the sedan’s full redesign, resulted in a large price increase of $5,550. Now, it looks like Mercedes is backpedaling on the E-Class sedan’s standard AWD system.

According to order guide data, Mercedes will bring back a rear-wheel-drive version of the Mercedes-Benz E350. When the sedan was fully redesigned for 2024, this trim was dropped and the E350 4MATIC sedan became the new entry-level model. The move will give shoppers an extra E-Class model to choose from. One would expect the new E350 with RWD to drop the E-Class sedan’s starting price tag, but it doesn’t look like that will be the case.

Our analysis indicates that the upcoming E350 RWD model won’t have a price advantage over the current E350 4MATIC model. Instead, Mercedes will be hiking some of the model’s prices by a substantial margin. We weren’t able to identify if the automaker will be offering more standard features with the E-Class sedan to justify the price hikes.

2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Dashboard

With the changes, pricing for the E350 RWD will start at $62,450 (prices don’t include destination). Puzzlingly, this model costs $150 more than the 2024 E 350 4MATIC. The E350 4Matic will go from $62,300 to $64,950, which represents a steep increase of $2,650. Lastly, the E450 4Matic is getting a $2,750 price increase that will see its starting price tag go from $68,100 to $70,850.

We don’t have information on the E-Class Wagon yet and Mercedes-Benz’s configurator for the E-Class only shows the 2024 model. With the E-Class Wagon being marketed as a quasi-rugged vehicle, we don’t think it will become available with RWD, but pricing for that model could increase based on changes that Mercedes makes.

With a starting price tag of $62,450, the E350 RWD becomes one of the priciest midsize sedans in the class. Additionally, it now becomes one of the few options to be available with RWD. The Genesis G80 ($54,400), Volvo S90 ($58,300), Lexus ES ($42,040), Audi A6 ($58,100), Cadillac CT5 ($38,395), and BMW 5-Series ($57,900) are all more affordable than the E350 RWD. The Genesis G80, Volvo S90, Audi A6, and Lexus ES come with standard AWD.

Pictured: 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Sean Kaufman contributed to this report.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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