Mercedes 2016 E-Class ‘industry first’ interior revealed
Mercedes continue their drive to premium victory with an ‘industry first’.
Back in October, we covered the spy video of the new Mercedes E-Class. The video showed the cars with almost no camouflage on the exterior and it was our first proper look at the future model’s new look. Now, Mercedes themselves have revealed the new E-Class’s interior and it’s seriously technology-driven.
The revamped cabin is more spacious than the outgoing E-Class model, which was a feature many had hoped for. Rear passenger legroom has been vastly improved and luxury finishes are available, such as open-pore woods and leather-covered doors. The seats are fitted to sculpt their rider, creating a more luxurious and comfortable feel. Like the S-Class, the new E-Class also features four central air vents that lead down to the centre console.
The biggest improvement to the E-Class is the next-generation technology it features. The higher trim levels boast two high-res 12.3-inch digital displays, which merge together to form one wide-screen cockpit. Mercedes call it “a revolutionary display and control concept that makes driving more connected and intuitive than ever before”. The display can be controlled via a touchpad in the centre console or, for the first time ever in a car, touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel, which work like a smartphone with “simple finger swipes”.
Inside the centre console storage is an excellent surprise for those who can’t be without their gadgets. A wireless charging mat offers inductive charging for mobile phones, as well as USB ports and SD card slots. Optional tech includes Mercedes’ COMAND Online and Burmester 3D surround sound system.
Lighting also plays a big part in the new E-Class. Mercedes offer energy-saving LED lights throughout the cabin, which you can customise from 64 different colours. The new model will also have the option of the MULTIBEAM LED headlamp system with LED taillights in “stardust” effect; Mercedes claim the lights are reminiscent of “the Milky Way or the glow of a jet engine”.
Under the hood, Top Gear reports that the new E-Class will “get a new generation of four-cylinder diesels, along with Merc’s favourite six-cylinder petrols and plug-in hybrid”. Not much else is known about the performance figures or statistics but, as it’s a Mercedes, you can be assured of some impressive numbers come the new year.
For full pricing and final specifications we’ll have to wait until January, when the new E-Class will debut for the first time at the Detroit Motor Show.