Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles is rolling out its redesigned E-Class model, a vehicle that will be available in “just” 15 versions.
The redesigned E-Class accounts for about 20 percent of sales in the United States, and from now are available as following:
– eight sedan variants
– two wagon
– three coupes
– two convertibles
The basic model – the E250 BlueTec comes with a 2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. The output, nearly matches the 210 horses and 400 lb-ft of the outgoing E350’s V-6, and the 2.1’s torque figure rings in just 22 lb-ft below that of the last naturally aspirated V-8 offered in the E. It starts at $52,325.
Compared to this, the basic petrol, the E350 starts at $52,825 and comes with the new 3.5L gasoline V-6 that is capable of 302 hp at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque.
As expected, there is also the hybrid – the E400 Hybrid Sedan that teams an advanced V-6 gasoline engine with an electric motor and innovative lithium-ion battery. Boasting ultra-low emissions and great fuel economy, this generates a combined 302 horsepower (+27 horsepower electric) and 273 lb-ft of net torque (+184 lb-ft. torque electric)
The new E-Class is part of Daimler’s plan to retake its crown back as the largest premium automaker in the world (by 2020). Competition is fierce as sales of its E-Class sedan in the U.S. last month fell 11 percent to 3,732 units, while Daimler’s main competitor, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) sold 3,902 5 Series sedans. Audi, VW’s premium division also is near.
The E-Class, according to Joachim Schmidt, Mercedes’s head of sales and marketing is Daimler’s most profitable model.
Last month Mercedes sold 121,360 vehicles in the U.S. a 7 percent improvement from May 2012. From January to May the Germans sold 562,824 units globally – up percent from the year-ago period.