New Mercedes-Benz E-Class is Nigh

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman
new mercedes benz e class is nigh

All good things come to those who wait for Geneva. Hot on the heels of the redesigned (thankfully) S- and C-Class Mercedes comes MB's new bread und butter. (The E-Class is still Western Europe's taxicab of choice). Set to debut in 2009 as a 2010 model, the new E-Class should continue Mercedes' trend of quality uber-alles, especially when it comes to interiors (reliability is in the eye of the warranty holder). Like all Benzes, the big news is the choice of engines. Starting with a turbocharged four-pot good for a measly 184hp (though not in the States), motor options continue upwards in both displacement and power. Expect our base engine to be a direct-injected V6. We may also get a 354hp torque-monster diesel and of course the tire-detonating 6.3-liter V8 in the AMG version, good for at least 550 hp (if not more). One year after launch, MB will offer a hybrid E-Class. A wagon, too. Prices should remain in the "four years at a private liberal arts school" bracket.

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  • Geggamoya Geggamoya on Jun 18, 2008

    Here in Finland the E-class was the most common at some point. Now i see BMWs, Audis Volvos, Skodas, Toyotas(inc. prius), Peugeots, pretty much everything. And i would have to agree with whoever said the E-class interior is nothing special. Creaking door handles anyone? The new C is not great either. And at least the standard seats in MBs are rock hard and uncomfortable.

  • Doctorv8 Doctorv8 on Jun 18, 2008

    Jonny....that tire detonator "6.3" is actually only 6.2 liters...MB marketing at its finest.

  • Romanjetfighter Romanjetfighter on Jun 18, 2008

    I'm excited for when this baby comes out because all of the current E-classes will depreciate ever MORE! Right now, 2003's are around 20k. I'm waiting for a 15k E320, then I'm trading in my '09 Camry.

  • Qusus Qusus on Jun 19, 2008

    Wait I'm confused... four years at a private liberal arts school is like a solid 170-80K. Is that how much this new E-Class is gonna cost?