--
 
Top new models for SA

From Renault's new Alaskan bakkie to the latest models at the Frankfurt motor show bound for SA.

Electric cars in SA

The debate on whether or not Electric Vehicles (EV) are viable in South Africa rages on.

New Merc wagon hits SA

2010-03-18 09:48
The new range of load-lugging Mercedes-Benz E-Classes has arrived with a host of new wagon-specific treats.

The third addition to the latest E-Class family shows of the new face with the fresh take on the four-cluster headlight arrangement. Viewed from the side, the B- and C-pillars have been cleverly blacked out to make the glasshouse appear huge, while at the rear, the elegant new E-Class LED light cluster has been neatly transposed.

A number of technical features first shown on the sedan and coupe are carried across to the wagon, including drowsiness detection, PreSafe and adaptive high-beam assist. The Estate adds air suspension with a rear self-levelling function and a new system to arrange the load compartment.

Along with automatic operation of the tailgate, the Easy-Pack system also allows the load compartment cover to be lifted automatically and the load compartment floor to be folded and arranged in a variety of positions. Rear backrests to be folded down to create a level loading surface.

The new E-Class Estate is huge (length, width and height are about 4.9-, 1.9- and 1.5-metres respectively) and the generous 1950l load capacity shows this. Space for occupants within the cabin has grown, too.



Petrol engines

The engine line-up comprises petrol four units, including a BlueEfficiency model.

The E200 CGI BlueEfficiency is the entry-point to the new range using a turbocharged four-cylinder to generate 135 kW and 270 Nm. It is the only model fitted with a five-speed automatic gearbox. Fuel consumption is 7.9 l/100 km and CO2 emissions range from 183 to 189 g/km.

Two V6 units power the mid-range E300 and E350 models. Power and torque are 170 kW and 300 Nm for the 3.0-litre and 200 kW and 350 Nm for the 3.5-litre.

For now, a 5.5-litre eight-cylinder E500 is the headlining model with 285 kW and 530 Nm on tap. The V6 and V8s are all mated to 7G-Tronic automatic transmissions.

Elegance specification is standard across the range, while Avant Garde is an option providing additional, more athletic, equipment.

Extra equipment packages, including a driver assistance package, seat package and memory package, amongst others, are available, too.

Prices:
E200 CGI BlueEfficiency – R507 000
E300 – R597 000
E350 – R672 000
E500 – R833 000



NEXT ON WHEELS24X

Inside Wheels24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.