The E-Class has a new look and enhanced standard equipment for the 2007 model year. It also is available with a new Bluetec diesel engine as well as in a 507-hp E63 AMG high-performance gasoline-powered version. Standard equipment now includes a sunroof, 6-CD changer and Harman/Kardon sound system, as well as Mercedes' Pre-Safe safety system, first introduced on the latest S-Class models.
The E-Class is Mercedes-Benz fullsize and executive sedan. The current generation was introduced in 2003 but has been redesigned and updated for 2007. All E-Class vehicles now come with the Pre-Safe safety system that Mercedes launched with the latest generation of its S-Class, its largest and most luxurious sedan. Pre-Safe sensors take protective measures when a crash is impending by tightening seat belts, properly positioning a reclined front passenger's seat, and automatically closing the sunroof and side windows. Pre-Safe also reacts to emergency braking, fishtailing, or to a vehicle that's plowing ahead instead of turning by engaging vehicle stability controls to help the driver maintain safe control.
Inside, the E-Class offers a long list of standard equipment, including a new steering wheel and shift lever, a revised layout for the automatic climate control, and four new interior colors. The wagon model now includes a power tailgate. Outside, the E-Class gets a more aggressive look and more aerodynamic mirrors. Among the changes are the use of adaptive brake lights that flash when the driver aggressively steps on the brake pedal, thus alerting those behind of a possible panic stop. Also available are so-called intelligent headlamps that adjust for speed and weather conditions to enhance the driver's view of the road at night. A no-cost Sport Package includes special wheels, a lowered sport suspension, dual chrome exhaust pipes, and blue-tinted glass as well as black Bird's-eye maple wood trim and a matte chrome instrument cluster with white gauges.
For 2007, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available in several versions. They include the E350 sedan, powered by a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and available with rear- or all-wheel (4-Matic) drive; the E350 4-Matic station wagon with the same V-6 engine but also equipped with all-wheel (4-Matic) drive; and an E550 sedan that draws on a 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 and comes with either rear-wheel or 4-Matic powertrains. Two high-performance versions from Mercedes' in-house tuning shop, AMG, also are available: the E63 AMG sedan with its 507-hp, 6.3-liter V-8, and the E63 AMG wagon, which also carries the high-performance 6.3-liter powerplant. Additionally, Mercedes offers the E320 Bluetec sedan propelled by a 208-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that operates on new, clean-burning low-sulfur diesel fuel. Mercedes says its Bluetec system is the world's cleanest diesel, using 20 to 40 percent less fuel than comparable gasoline engines, and other automakers soon will be adapting the technology-as well as their own diesel technologies-to their luxury models.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class competes in the Midsize Premium Conventional segment, which consists of 12 models. Buyers in this segment look for quality, performance, and reliability, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Lexus ES-Series (75,987 units sold), BMW 5 Series (56,756), and Mercedes-Benz E-Class (50,195). The Mercedes-Benz E-Class' 50,195 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 0.4 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Premium Conventional segment include the Lexus GS-Series, Cadillac STS, Infiniti M-Series, Volvo V70, and Audi A6.