It seems like we’re not the only ones with the brochure scan leaks, Mercedes-Benz fans had their fair share with the latest leaked photos of the next generation 2010 E-Class. The 5 Series competitor has been long due for a design refresh and finally, the pictures were leaked onto the web.
The new E-Class will be available a year before the new 2010-2011 5 Series and it is expecting to impress again by the amount of luxury and attention to details.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class will ofer a variety of engines, from the 4 and 6 cylinder ones to a powerful V8. The base petrol models is the E200 CGI which outputs 184hp and 270Nm, followed closely by the E250 CGI – 204hp and 310Nm. The petrol line-up is completed with the V6 E350 CGI – 292hp and 365 Nm – and the 5.5 liter V8 E500 producing 388hp and 530Nm.
Of course, the diesels play an important role in their future strategy, so the BlueEfficiency models are part of the new line-up. The E200 CDI produces 136hp with an upgraded version, E220, outputting 170hp. At the top end, we find the 204hp E250 CDI and 231hp E350 CDI, the 4Matic with 224hp and BlueTEC with 211hp.
How do they compare against the current BMW 5 Series? Well, for starters, we have the 523i – 177hp, then the 525i with 218hp, followed by 528i with 230hp, 530i 272hp, 535i twin-turbo 300hp. At the top, we have t he V8 540i producing 302hp and 550i with 362hp.
A bit of advantage for the high end MB model.
As far as the BMW diesels, we have the 530d upgraded last year to 231 hp, 535d with 286 hp. Advantage BMW this time.
I have two word for the design: interesting and adventurous. The two-piece headlights are replacing the round shaped ones from the current generation, but some might find the fog lights a bit odd. As far as the exterior design, the sharper lines and surfacing reflects a more C-Class-like, but I will have to reserve judgment until I will see the car in Detroit this week.
The read-end imports some elements from the S-Class, again with sharper edges.
Two E-Class look can be customized through different styling packages, like the Elegance, AMG or Avantgarde, each unique in their own way. The Avantgarde models have different shaped LED fog lights and the car has a more sportier, agile look.
This is the department where Mercedes-Benz excels. High quality materials, luxury leather upholstery and most important, attention to details. Definitely an interior that even myself, a huge bimmer fan, I am jealous of.
The Elegance package is all about …elegance, so wooden materials are predominant. For the younger crowd looking for sportiness, Avantgarde uses aluminium materials.
From the photos below, I could also see the Night Vision camera as being an option in the new 2010 E Class, so I can only assume that the technology inside the E-Class is top notch.
Would the current 5 Series stand a chance…or the “fight” starts when the new 2010 BMW 5 Series will come out?
You knew this was a question that would come up and as much as I would like to answer at this point, I just don’t have the proper amount of information to make a concise comparison, but…..based on the photos below and the current design of the 5 Series, I do see the E-Class taking the lead for a short while. It’s a newer model which offers a multitude of engine options, a beautiful customizable interior and an exterior which could draw a younger crowd if equipped with the right package.
Would I buy it? No comment yet.