Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior revealed

Interesting | December 9th, 2015 by 22
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BMW, and its 5 Series, has fought Mercedes and its E-Class for what seems like centuries now. It’s been so long it seems like the …

BMW, and its 5 Series, has fought Mercedes and its E-Class for what seems like centuries now. It’s been so long it seems like the plot to a Highlander movie (and it would probably make a better one). The most recent iterations of each car are on their way out of the door leaving the battle to a new breed of cars.

While the 5 Series and E-Class were always competitors, they’ve actually always done things a bit differently. They occupy the same segment and compete for the same customers, but they do so with different styles. BMW tries to make the 5 Series a sort of extra luxurious 3 Series, a car that’s both comfortable and upscale but also fun to drive. While the E-Class tones down the fun-to-drive nature and adds in extra luxury. That’s just how it’s always been and things don’t seem like they’ll be changing anytime soon.

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Mercedes-Benz recently just revealed the interior of its latest E-Class in this teaser trailer and some early pictures.

The Three-Pointed Star is certainly following in the path of its ultra-successful S-Class, as the E-Class does a fantastic impression of Mercedes’ flagship luxury car. There’s not a bit of the new E-Class’ interior that hasn’t been inspired by its bigger brother and that’s a very good thing. Mercedes-Benz is attempting to create the best, most luxurious cabin in the segment and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to doubt that.

Everything, from the dashboard that wraps itself around the two massive LCD screens (one for the gauge cluster and one for the COMMAND system), to the trim that wraps around the whole cabin in a smooth and linear fashion is covered in either beautifully designed leather, wood or aluminum. The entire cabin absolutely screams high class. It’s a gorgeous place to sit.

Mercedes-Benz wanted to make the most luxurious cabin in the bizz and it may have done it with the seats alone. Just looking at those leather thrones and I want to replace my living room couch with a couple of them. According to some recent ride alongs and samples, they may be the best seats in the business, SClass included.

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The trim that wraps around the cabin is available in either open-pore wood, piano black or a new woven-metal look, which looks very interesting, but almost has a fake carbon-fiber look to it. I’m a big fan of open-pore wood, so either that or the piano black would be my choice, personally. Woven-metal might work in the AMG model, but not in the standard car. What’s interesting is that I don’t see any shiny-looking wood option so typical of the last generation E-Class. This is actually welcome as it was starting to look a bit cheesy in the previous car.

But don’t think the new E-Class is just a cigar lounge with wheels. It’s going to be packed up to its ears with new and innovative technology. The two aforementioned LCD screens dominate the dash but don’t look out of place. The screen in front of the driver house a configurable gauge cluster. There are three different themes for the gauge cluster that the driver can switch through as desired. The standard theme, called Classic, is exactly as it says, just two digital gauges for speed and revs and you get some digital information between the. There’s a Sport theme, which keeps the Classic’s two gauges but changes the font to yellow and the dials grey, which is reminiscent of old-school Mercedes-Benz’s. Then there’s the Progressive gauge, which swaps the two-gauge cluster out for a single one that holds a circular rev-counter and a digital speedo inside of it, a la Lexus LFA. On either side of the Progressive gauge are a couple of boxes filled with digital info, like navigation and media and what not. The graphics look clean and slick, without overdoing it.

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It will also have an array of autonomous driving functions which can allow the E-Class to drive on its own at up to 120 mph. It can operate the steering wheel on its own, perform lane-changes via driver’s turn-signal stalk request and can even operate without clear lane markings at up to 60 mph. The only thing the E-Class requires of the driver is to touch a finger to a steering wheel mounted sensor at least once every other minute. A Mercedes-Benz engineer even made a quip about not allowing its drivers move to the back seat, like a certain reckless Autopilot system. Though, Mercedes-Benz is claiming that the E-Class’ autonomous driving tech will be class leading and maybe even industry leading.

However, that’s not all of the tech. There will be two thumb-pad sensors on the steering wheel for each hand (the same required for autonomous driving) that can control the navigation and infotainment screens. These touch sensors allow the driver to operate almost all of the cars controls without ever needing to remove their hands from the wheel. A central mounted pad is available as well, but the thumb sensors make life just a bit easier while driving. There are also redundant buttons surrounding the touch sensors, for things like back, home and volume.

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The E-Class will also feature a 23 speaker 1,450 watt Burmester 3D surround sound system with aluminum speaker grilles. This sound system is reported to be one of the best on the market, if not the best.

So when the E-Class finally hits, BMW will have a massive task on its hands. It will have to release a 5 Series that can at least come close to matching the E-Class’ level of luxury and refinement while also providing a better driving experience. This will be no easy task and BMW will have to pull a lot of tricks from the 7 Series to do it.

22 responses to “Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior revealed”

  1. Icebreakerr says:

    why are mercs the same? the design team has gone downhill

  2. Madalin says:

    I’m curious how the 5er will match this up. Lot of attention paid to the details..

    • TheBingoBalls says:

      Let’s just call it as it is. BMW isn’t going to change their design language. I personally don’t have a problem with it because I love BMW’s simplistic interior/dash layouts. But you think BMW is looking at the E-Class and say to themselves they need to go back and redesign the GXX 5er? The GXX 5er is going to be a mini 7er, at least in the inside.

    • John says:

      There’s no way the 5 series will look this good inside… BMW is about performance. That’s why the F10 is praised for being so sporty and nimble… Oh wait… wrong car.

  3. John says:

    Gorgeous. Looks more luxurious than the 7 series interior.

    • JRobUSC says:

      Then you haven’t been in a new 7.

      • TheBingoBalls says:

        +1. Sorry, I was one of those naysayers when the 7er is launched. Finally got to sit in one today while waiting for service being done and pictures don’t even come close in doing the 7er justice. Everything about the 7er’s interior screams luxury and quality, yes even the aluminum bits that look cheap in pictures.

        The E-Class interior looks pretty (and I’m sure the quality is still there), but the 7er is levels above it (if going by C-Class interior quality).

    • TheBingoBalls says:

      Sorry, I was one of those naysayers when the 7er is launched. Finally got to sit in one today while waiting for service being done and pictures don’t even come close to doing the 7er justice. Everything about the 7er’s interior screams luxury and quality, yes even the aluminum bits that look cheap in pictures.

      The E-Class interior looks pretty (and I’m sure the quality is still there), but the 7er is levels above it (if going by C-Class interior quality).

    • Senne says:

      You obviously have never seen/ sit in a BMW 7 Series. Otherwise you would know the 7 Series is more luxurious. -_-

    • Alex Norris says:

      100% agree!

  4. Efoza says:

    Benz has clearly trIcked you in giving such a big hyped up marketing comment on this site for one of its standard taxi cars. Why are you making the E class seem bigger and better than what it is in reality likely to be? A recent test drive of a production version has already revealed many faults including excessive wind noise and painful firm back rests.

    • Can you share this test drive? We haven’t seen anything except a couple of ride alongs and have only heard good things. We’d like to read a test drive of it.

      • Efoza says:

        I can’t at the moment as it is awaiting to be published. Also Daimler have asked to be given a chance of presenting another one as they reckon the one with the faults was a one off problematic one!

        Meanwhile, my point was that you should guard from falling victim of Daimler’s marketting ploys which are to big up the E class over and above what it in reality it is, which is just a taxi car. Let’s not forget, they are desperate to get close to the 5 series and hence the reason why they are throwing so much money and resources at it.

        • Madalin says:

          Efoza, I think you exagerate a bit this time. It’s like you’re telling us that the E-class is a BS of car or even down at the level of VW Passat. Maybe I would have understood this about the Audi A6, but not the Merc!

          • Efoza says:

            You seem to have misinterpreted my comment. I am not suggesting that the forthcoming E class is a bad car. Indeed all E class versions have always been good cars and way better than the Audi A6 in all respects. However, it certainly is not as awesome as that which the marketing people at Daimler have seemingly convinced the author of this post, through their deseptive marketing, to be. So my suggestion is don’t compare the 2016 E class with any current BMW, even the 7 series, until you see the mighty offerings of the 2017 BMW 5 series. Then you will have a true comparison. In other words, don’t become a victim of Daimler’s aggressive marketing for this taxi car before seeing the real thing. That’s all. No offence intended.

          • TheBingoBalls says:

            You’re right with respects to judging A to B without seeing both but lets be honest here, we’ve got to the point where Audi, Mercedes and BMW have become very predictable, that is, their cars are all evolutionary and not revolutionary. With that trend in mind, we can now make some informed opinion.

            Look at the E65 7er interior to the E60 5er interior. Layout is pretty much the same. Same goes with the F01 7er and the F10 5er, it’s even more identical. Will the GXX 5er be as similar to the G11 7er like the last generation? Who knows, but we do know it’s going not going to be drastically different. So we can pretty much compare the E-Class to what we think the 5er will look like (G11 7er) and its not some ignorant comparison.

  5. Billy The Hillbilly says:

    Wow. Well done, really. Think I like it even a bit better than the S-klasse. Makes me want to sell my house and live for the rest of my days in it. Drive 3000km to wherever. Never want to get off to the grim world behind the windows again. It really looks that good to me.

    Do I care about some ppl calling it a taxidriver’s car? NO. Do I care about the car being just a bit smaller S-klasse? Heeeeeell NO. I am very interested what will BMW come up with in the new 5.

  6. Rad Dockery says:

    I have a F10 and I love it. However, the new E-Class interior is luxury PLUS!!! Very nicely done MB. This is good because it puts pressure on BMW to really step it up. While it may not be as luxurious as the E-Class, the new 5 better bring it when it comes to performance .

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