The Car Geek: The 2009 Mercedez-Benz E-class

The Car Geek

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The 2009 Mercedez-Benz E-class

The next fifth-generation E-class is codenamed W212 and due in 2009. The E-class will get its usual mid-cycle face-lift this year (including a tummy tuck of course) with new bumpers, headlights, grille and enhanced fenders and doors.

This E-class will have wheel-arch extensions, rising character line below the door handles, massive bumpers and greenhouse. A more sculpted wide-frame grille, the more geometrical nasal air intakes and the wedged-shaped profile should give W212 a sportier look.

It prides itself with enhancements such as wet-weather disc wiping, wheel-selective cornering controlled brakes and optional ceramic-composite discs. Sources are speculating an increase in length for about 20mm. Combined with a revamped interior; it will offer a more spacious experience for the passenger compartment.

One major W212 theme is driver assistance. An all-new instrument – the updated Command system will highlight the interior changes. Anticipate lane-departure warnings and eye-movement monitor, traffic-sign identification, road-condition sensors, night-vision technology and stability control for crosswinds, camber changes and tire wear. You simply can’t go wrong with these.

Performance: the base powerplant will consist of four-cylinder engines, 175 horsepower rating followed by the usual V-6 and V-8, diesel offerings and an E63 AMG’s version offering over 500-horsepower.