At a glance: Technical highlights of the new Mer-cedes-Benz E-Class*

Cornering lights: This function of the bi-xenon headlamps and the Intelligent Light System provides more safety at junctions and when driving slowly on tight bends.
Optional (standard for AVANTGARDE version)
ADAPTIVE BRAKE: This Mercedes brake system offers assistance functions, such as a HOLD function and Hill Start Assist, for even greater safety and comfort.
Standard
Adaptive front airbags: The front airbags deploy in two stages, depending on accident severity.
Standard
Adaptive Highbeam Assist: This system adjusts the range of the headlamps in accordance with the distance to oncoming vehicles/vehicles travelling ahead.
Optional
Adaptive brake lights: Flashing brake lights warn vehicles behind in an emergency braking situation.
Standard
AIRMATIC: This air-suspension system works in conjunction with an electronically controlled damping system.
Optional for the V6 models; standard for the E 500
Active multicontour seats: Depending on the steering angle, lateral acceleration and vehicle speed, the pressure and volume of the air chambers in the side bolsters of the backrests are varied to give the driver and front passenger even better lateral support. In addition, the seats feature luxury head restraints and a massage function.
Optional
Active Light System: The Intelligent Light System's bi-xenon headlamps follow the driver's steering movements.
Optional (standard for AVANTGARDE version)
Active Bonnet: In the event of an accident, the rear of the bonnet is raised by 50 millimetres in order to reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians.
Standard
Ambient lighting: Fibre-optics behind the trim elements on the dashboard and door panels as well as lights in the footwells create a pleasant interior lighting ambience at night.
Standard for the ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE versions
ATTENTION ASSIST: This Mercedes system detects driver drowsiness and gives a warning.
Standard
 
Motorway mode: From 90 km/h the entire width of the carriageway is illuminated, improving the driver’s range of vision by around 50 metres.
Optional (standard for AVANTGARDE version)
Bi-xenon headlamps: Gas-discharge lamps for low and high beam improve safety at night.
Optional (standard for AVANTGARDE version)
BlueTEC: This highly effective exhaust-gas aftertreatment using an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) catalytic converter and AdBlue® injection allows the vehicle to comply with the rigorous EU6 emissions standard.
Standard for E 350 BlueTEC
Bluetooth interface: The mobile phone is wirelessly linked to the hands-free system.
Standard
Brake Assist PLUS: This system uses radar sensors to recognise an impending head-to-tail collision, calculates the necessary degree of braking assistance and makes it available immediately the driver presses the brake pedal.
Optional, as part of DISTRONIC PLUS
COMAND APS: The navigation data are stored on a hard disc. Further functions include the Music Register and voice control.
Optional
Controller: The principal control for the infotainment system is mounted on the transmission tunnel.
Standard
Digital radio: A DAB tuner (Digital Audio Broadcasting) and additional aerials make it possible to receive digital radio broadcasts.
Optional in combination with Audio 50 APS or COMAND APS
DIRECT CONTROL suspension: The shock absorbers adjust automatically to the current driving situation.
Standard
DIRECT SELECT: The seven-speed automatic transmission is operated electronically by means of a lever on the steering column.
Standard for the V6/V8 models
Direct-Steer system: The rack ratio varies in accordance with the steering angle in order to provide more agile handling and offer greater comfort when parking or manoeuvring.
Optional; standard for the V6/V8 models
DISTRONIC PLUS: This radar-based proximity control system automatically maintains the E-Class at a set distance from the vehicle in front, braking it to a standstill if necessary and accelerating when the gap ahead is sufficiently large. If the distance to the vehicle ahead decreases too quickly, the system gives the driver visual and audible warnings.
Optional
 
EASY-PACK boot box: Fitted in the boot under the parcel shelf, this box can be pulled out and loaded from above.
Optional
ECO start/stop function: In order to reduce fuel consumption, the engine switches off automatically when idling and restarts automatically when the driver operates the clutch.
Standard for E 200 CGI with manual transmission
Enhanced fog lamps: This function (part of the Intelligent Light System) works by pivoting the outer headlamp outwards to improve illumination of the edge of the road.
Optional (standard for AVANTGARDE version)
ESP®: This safety system is able to reduce the risk of skidding and warns of pressure loss in the tyres.
Standard
Headlamp Assist: A sensor on the windscreen automatically switches the headlamps on when darkness falls.
Standard
Rear Seat Entertainment System: The rear faces of the front head restraints are equipped with eight-inch displays linked to a DVD player.
Optional
Speed Limit Assist: A camera fitted behind the windscreen detects speed limit signs. The relevant limit is then displayed in the instrument cluster.
Optional
Belt force limiters: This technology reduces the force exerted by the belt strap on the seat occupant during a crash.
Standard for the front and outer rear seats
Belt tensioners: Any slack in the seat belt strap is instantly taken up during a crash to reduce the forward movement of the occupants caused by the impact.
Standard for the front and outer rear seats
Intelligent Light System: This innovative headlamp technology provides five lighting functions which are activated depending on the driving and weather conditions (also see Cornering lights, Country mode, Motorway mode, Active Light System and Enhanced fog lamps).
Optional (standard for AVANTGARDE version)
KEYLESS-GO: The doors and boot lid can be opened without a key. The engine is started at the touch of a button.
Optional
 
Child seat recognition: A transponder system automatically recognises whether a rear-facing child seat is installed, and deactivates the front passenger airbag if this is the case.
Optional
Kneebag: In the event of a crash, an additional airbag reduces the forward movement of the driver caused by the impact.
Standard
THERMATIC automatic climate control: This improved system controls two temperature zones and offers numerous adjustments for individual passenger comfort.
Standard
Luxury individual seats: This seating for the rear passengers comprises two luxury individual seats, a folding armrest, seat heating, luxury head restraints, a stowage box and cupholders.
Optional
THERMOTRONIC luxury automatic climate control: This system provides three-zone climate control, and allows individual climatisation modes to be set.
Optional
Radiator louvres: This newly developed feature allows the supply of cooling air to be regulated in accordance with the driving situation and thus improves the vehicle's aerodynamics.
Standard for the four-cylinder models and E 350 CGI
Media Interface: This universal interface allows portable audio devices to be connected to and controlled by the infotainment system of the E-Class.
Optional
Multifunction steering wheel: The radio, telephone, navigation system, display and other devices can be controlled from the steering wheel.
Standard
Nightview Assist Plus: The dashboard display shows a realistic greyscale image from an infrared camera which monitors the situation ahead of the E-Class. The display has a highlight function to draw attention to pedestrians.
Optional
Country mode: This function of the Intelligent Light System replaces the previous low-beam headlamps and provides broader and brighter illumination of the opposite road verge.
Optional (standard for AVANTGARDE version)
LINGUATRONIC: The voice control system operates the radio, CD/DVD-player, CD/DVD-changer, navigation system and telephone.
Optional; standard in combination with Audio 50 APS with 6-disc DVD changer and with COMAND APS
Memory function: Three memory settings are stored for both the driver's and the front passenger seat. The settings for the steering wheel and exterior mirrors are also stored.
Optional
Multicontour seats: Inflatable air chambers enable the seat contours and seat cushion length to be adjusted to the individual occupant.
Optional
NECK-PRO head restraints: Crash-responsive head restraints support the heads of the driver and front passenger at an early stage during a rear-end collision, reducing the risk of a whiplash injury.
Standard
Panoramic sliding roof: A large glass surface extends from the windscreen to the rear window. The front section slides to the rear at the touch of a button. The roof closes automatically in the event of rain.
Optional
Parking guidance: Ultrasonic sensors measure the length of parking spaces as the car drives past; the cockpit display provides a schematic representation of the recommended parking manoeuvre.
Optional
PARKTRONIC: Ultrasonic sensors assist the driver when parking.
Optional
PRE-SAFE®: Anticipatory safety measures are taken to protect the occupants if an accident risk is detected.
Standard
PRE-SAFE® Brake: If there is imminent danger of a head-to-tail collision, this system brakes the E-Class automatically if the driver fails to react.
Optional, as part of DISTRONIC PLUS
Reversing camera: As soon as reverse gear is selected, the dashboard display shows the image from a camera covering the area immediately to the rear of the E-Class.
Optional
Sidebags: These airbags reduce the risk of injury in a collision from the side.
Standard for driver and front passenger; optional for rear-seat occupants
7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission: The world's only automatic car transmission with seven ratios is combined with the V6 engines and the V8.
Standard for the V6 and V8 models
Sound system: A multi-channel system with innovative digital technology, an output of 610 watts and 14 loudspeakers provides surround-sound for every seat.
Optional
Lane Keeping Assist: A windscreen camera detects the road markings and is able to recognise if the car is departing from its lane unintentionally.
Optional
Blind Spot Assist: This radar-based system warns the driver of the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot of the exterior mirror when changing lane.
Optional
Fuel consumption display: A display in the instrument cluster shows the current fuel consumption (extrapolated into litres per 100 km) and tells the driver when to shift to a higher gear.
Standard
Windowbags: This large airbag extends from the A- to the C‑pillar like a curtain in a crash from the side.
Standard
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