Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles, the exclusive dealers of Mercedes-Benz in Qatar, launched the E-Class 2014, on May 27. Auto China 2013 has earlier set the stage for the world premiere of this long-awaited model which now debuts in Doha.

The E-Class 2014 packs a punch with its overhauled engine specifications but possibly the most extensive facelift the brand has witnessed. The 2014 model looks sleeker and sharper and boasts of several new features and gadgets.

Three petrol engines covering an output range from 135 to 245 kW with automatic transmission as standard provide for dynamic performance coupled with exemplary driving comfort. With these assets, the new E-Class sets a new standard for the luxury segment.

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Design

In keeping with the entire E-Class family, intelligent modifications to the design provide the car with a new front end as well as new proportions. When it came to the modifications, the designers followed the new Mercedes design idiom and reinterpreted the classical design values of the brand using the existing basis. The result is a superior and refined, dynamic appearance. The headlamps have been redesigned and comprise all functional elements with a single headlamp lens.

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Flowing light elements within the headlamps help to ensure that the essential lines of the “four-eyed” look which is typical of the E-Class are retained. The E-Class is available with two different front ends: the Sedan features the classic, three-dimensional saloon radiator grille in three-louvre look with the Mercedes star on the bonnet. The Sport Sedan comes with the sporty front end featuring a centrally positioned star to create a distinctive, emphatically dynamic look.

Interiors

The interior has also been reworked and harmonised with the expressive exterior. High-quality materials and refined, subdivided areas with precise joints and sharp curves underscore the high-quality overall impression of the spacious interior.
A new feature is the two-part trim which stretches across the entire dashboard. Also new is the design of the air vents as well as an analogue clock between the two central vents. The harmonious interior is characterised by the redesigned centre console without selector lever, as well as a new multi-function steering wheel with DIRECT SELECT lever and shift paddles.

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Appointments

There is a choice of two variants: the luxurious Sedan and the Sport Sedan. The latter features a powerful AMG front and rear apron, new AMG side skirts and AMG wheels. Typical of the AMG brand is the lavish scope of equipment and appointments. Starting with the E 200, features include LED headlamps, an electric sunroof, two-zone automatic climate control, PARKTRONIC and COMAND DVD.

Other options

The 360° camera comprises a close-range system of several cameras to assist in parking and maneuvering. In addition to the functions of the backup camera, it also enables monitoring of the areas to the side of the vehicle and directly in front of the vehicle, thus helping to avoid inadvertent collisions during maneuvering.

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Safety features

In addition to the luxurious appointments, the hallmark Mercedes safety standard also sets new benchmarks. Unique features include the PRE-SAFE ® preventive occupant protection system with belt force limiters and side airbags on all outer seats and drowsiness detection with ATTENTION ASSIST. Among the highlights on board the E Class are the new or substantially enhanced assistance systems in the Driving Assistance package Plus. These include the following innovations:

-DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist

-Brake Assist system BAS PLUS with Junction Assist is able to detect crossing traffic and pedestrian

-The PRE-SAFE® Brake can detect pedestrians and initiate autonomous braking to avoid a collision at speeds up to 50 km/h

-Active Lane Keeping Assist can now detect when the adjacent lane is occupied, in particular by oncoming traffic too

-Collision Prevention Assist

-Active Parking Assist

-LED intelligent light system.

Engine and suspension

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is being launched with a choice of three refined, high-torque petrol engines: the E 200 BlueEFFICIENCY rated at 135 kW (184 hp) with four-cylinder direct injection and the six-cylinder models E 300 rated at 185 kW (252 hp) and E 400  with an output of 245 kW (333 hp).

Mercedes Benz E-Class 2014 is now available in Qatar at the Nasser Bin Khaled showroom located on Salwa Road.

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