2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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$51,800-$103,200
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20 CITY / 29 HWY
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Overview

What's New for 2015:
  • New twin-turbocharged V-6 engine in E400 (excluding E400 Hybrid)
  • E550 Sedan is discontinued

Introduction
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a family of luxury vehicles offered in coupe, convertible (Cabriolet), sedan, and wagon body styles. Naming conventions are related to the engine beneath the hood, and there are four different engines available. High-performance AMG versions are also for sale and are covered separately.

Models and Features
For 2015, the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet are offered in E400 and E550 model series. In addition to AMG variants, the E-Class Sedan is available as the E250 BlueTec, E350, and E400 Hybrid, while the E-Class Wagon is sold as an E350 model.

Each 2015 E-Class model is equipped with a standard level of equipment and can be upgraded with a number of extra-cost packages and individual options. The more expensive variants of the E-Class Sedan include a greater level of standard equipment, such as leather seats with a greater range of adjustment, navigation system, upgraded sound system, Keyless Go with push-button engine starting, blind-spot warning system, and more.

Under the Hood
A twin-turbocharged, 2.1-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine is standard equipment in the least expensive version of the 2015 E-Class, the E250 BlueTec Sedan. It makes its 195 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque low in the rev range and delivers acceleration to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds when equipped with the optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, according to Mercedes.

The E350 Sedan and Wagon are equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine generating 302 horsepower and capable of acceleration to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds when paired with 4Matic, according to the automaker.

New for 2015, the E400 gets a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine developing 329 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft of torque across the majority of the engine's rev range. As is true of other E-Class models, a 7-speed automatic transmission powers the rear wheels. A 4Matic AWD system is optional, and Mercedes says this car accelerates to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.

The E400 Hybrid pairs the E350's V-6 engine with an electric assist motor and a battery that is recharged through a regenerative braking system in order to improve fuel economy. This model is slower to accelerate, however, due to the weight associated with the hybrid powertrain.

E-Class Coupes and Cabriolets are offered with a twin-turbocharged, 4.7-liter V-8 engine producing 402 horsepower and acceleration to 60 mph in 5 seconds or less, Mercedes says.

Fuel Economy
Choose the E250 BlueTec Sedan and the car will return a minimum of 27 mpg in the city and a maximum of 42 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 4Matic models are less efficient than versions with rear-wheel drive.

Compare the E250 BlueTec's numbers to the E400 Hybrid, which is rated to get 24 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. In spite of the Hybrid's lower numbers, its fuel efficiency still represents an improvement over the E350. The EPA publishes a range from 20 mpg in the city for the 4Matic Wagon to 29 mpg on the highway for the E350 Sedan.

The new, more powerful engine in the E400 provides an identical range in fuel-economy estimates across all body styles, returning between 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Get an E550 in coupe or convertible format and the official EPA ratings range from 17 mpg in the city to 26 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
Mercedes offers a number of safety-related options for the 2015 E-Class lineup. A reversing camera is optional, along with blind-spot warning and lane-keeping assist systems. A Driver Assistance package contains active versions of these technologies, plus radar-based cruise control, autonomous braking and steering technologies, front and rear cross-traffic sensors, and pedestrian-sensing capability.

A surround-view display showing what's located near each of the car's corners is also available for the 2015 E-Class, as well as hands-free trunk operation, active massaging front seats, rear-seat entertainment system, and active park-assist technology that steers and brakes the car into and out of parallel parking spaces.

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