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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class updated with new performance model

By Cameron Kirby, 05 Sep 2018 News

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class updated with new performance model

German luxury sedan, coupe, and cabriolet range gains six-cylinder AMG performance

MERCEDES-BENZ has updated its E-Class range, adding new variants, including an AMG model, and a bevy of new features.

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The sedan, coupe, and cabriolet E-Class ranges have been modified, with a number of changes, most notably the E400 and E43 variants being replaced by E450 and E53 models respectively.

Every E-Class now comes with Mercedes-Benz’s driver assistance package plus as standard, which includes enhanced traffic sign assist, a system that can alter the vehicle’s speed in conjunction with the active cruise control. A new steering wheel design which includes touch controls is also standard across the range.

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Entry-level E200 and E220d sedans gain adaptive high beam assist as standard, while the new E53 coupe and cabriolet variants feature the ‘Energizing Comfort Control’ function (a suite of tech that promotes ‘wellness’ via climate controls, music, seat heating, massage programs, ambient lighting and air fragrances) from the S-Class as standard.

Meanwhile, the diesel E350d has seen power rise from 190kW to 210kW, thanks to a new turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine.

New additions to the line-up include the E450 which can be purchased as a sedan, coupe, or cabriolet, and replaces the E400 variants. The E450 sends 270kW and 500Nm to all four wheels via a six-cylinder engine. The E300 variant has also been removed from the sedan range.

A new AMG model is also available across all three body styles, with the E53 ostensibly replacing the V6-powered E43.

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Powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder engine, the E53 is a mild hybrid fitted with an integrated starter-generator, and sends 320kW and 520Nm to all four wheels, via a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The E53 rolls on 20-inch, five-spoke alloys, has a Burmester sound system, nappa leather upholstery, front sports seats and sports steering wheel, and AMG exterior styling including a spoiler lip on the boot lid. While the sedan and coupe have a panoramic glass sunroof, the cabriolet is fitted with an acoustic soft-top, an automatic draught stop, and airscarf neck-level heating for the front seats. All variants also have a switchable AMG Performance exhaust.

A new Sport Edition package is available for the entry level E200 and E220d sedans for a limited time. For $10,500 customers are treated to a panoramic sunroof, head-up display, Burmester sound system, AMG body styling, 20-inch AMG wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and metallic paint.

Full range pricing:

  • Mercedes-Benz E200 Saloon $91,900 MRLP
  • Mercedes-Benz E220d Saloon $94,900 MRLP
  • Mercedes-Benz E350e Saloon $132,500 MRLP
  • Mercedes-Benz E350d Saloon $135,800 MRLP
  • Mercedes-Benz E450 4MATIC Saloon $143,829 MRLP
  • Mercedes-AMG E53 4MATIC+ Saloon $167,129 MRLP
  • Mercedes-AMG E63 4MATIC+ Saloon $210,128 MRLP
  • Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ Saloon $239,529 MRLP
  • Mercedes-Benz E220d Coupé $97,000 MRLP
  • Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupé $111,229 MRLP
  • Mercedes-Benz E450 4MATIC Coupé $149,228 MRLP
  • Mercedes-AMG E53 4MATIC+ Coupé $172,729 MRLP
  • Mercedes-Benz E300 Cabriolet $124,329 MRLP
  • Mercedes-Benz E450 4MATIC Cabriolet $160,828 MRLP
  • Mercedes-AMG E53 4MATIC+ Cabriolet $181,329 MRLP
  • Mercedes-Benz E220 d All-Terrain $110,400 MRLP