The German automaker has officially introduced the long wheelbase E Class model, designed specifically for the Chinese market.
With the world’s largest auto market a great example of how some people like to get chauffeured around, Mercedes has decided to present during Auto China 2016 the bespoke E Class long wheelbase that will be exclusive to the local market. This is customary for China, as Mercedes is just one of many automaker presenting special, long-wheelbase editions of their best-selling models that get confined to the Chinese market. We’re treated here with a very regular 2017 E Class, albeit with the wheelbase stretched by 5.5 inches, which directly translates into the addition of 5.3-inch of rear legroom.
The careful treatment for the backseat passengers is obvious considering Mercedes is adding an improved center armrest to the long-wheelbase E-Class, incorporating a USB port and lighted storage space. And the customization even goes one step beyond, as the armrest is upgradable with amenities such as a touchscreen, cell phone wireless charging, a heated pad (like the front armrest in the S-Class), or an additional cupholder. The model is “built in China for China,” with manufacturing duties handled by Beijing Benz Automotive Co, a joint venture between Daimler and BAIC.
Other than that, the stretched E Class is the same as a regular model. With engine options stretching from the base E 200 model with four-cylinder developing 184 hp mated to the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission all the way up to the Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic, which packs a biturbo V6 and delivers 396 hp. We’re also all expecting the flagship E63 but it’s yet unclear if this one will make the trip over to China as an extended wheelbase version.