The new Mercedes E-Class will have much more equipment via a revised model line and only modest price increases, the firm has confirmed.
By Press Association reporters
SE, Avantgarde and Sport are to be replaced with a simpler, two-model range consisting of SE and AMG Sport. Both will have more standard equipment than the SE and Sport models they replace.
SE cars will have larger alloy wheels, a new grille bearing the relocated three-pointed star, partial LED headlights, DAB radio, COMAND Online, Active Park Assist with Parktronic, Collision Prevention Assist, twin exhaust pipes and more, totalling more than £4,000 of extras for a cost increase of £2,280.
AMG Sport models feature a price hike of £575 over the equivalent outgoing Sport, but feature almost £3,000 worth of additional equipment according to Mercedes. It gets upgraded alloys of the same 18-inches as before, the new grille, revised upholstery, COMAND Online, DAB radio and Collision Prevention Assist.
Three diesels will be available across both models, including the E 220 CDI, 250 CDI and 300 BlueTec Hybrid, while the AMG Sport can also be fitted with an E 350 BlueTec. Two petrol engines, the E 200 and 250 are there as well, albeit the E 200 is for the saloon only.
Only the E 220 CDI will have a manual gearbox as standard, while all the petrols and the E 350 BlueTec diesel comply with Euro VI emissions regulations.
The E 220 CDI, which is aimed heavily at fleet buyers, achieves a new low CO2 figure of 130g/km. Even cleaner is the E 300 BlueTec Hybrid, with CO2 emissions of 109g/km achievable now with 17-inch wheels instead of the previous 16-inch set.