2015 Mercedes-Benz E400

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“The E-class is getting a major overhaul for (model year) 2014. The E350 and E550 4MATIC are going on sale in spring of this year, along with a new E400 hybrid. The E350 sedan will be available with either rear- or all-wheel drive, while the wagon will be available only with all-wheel drive. Later this summer, the 2014 E250 BlueTec diesel will go on sale. More than a year after that, in the fall of 2014, the 2015 E400 (not to be confused with the aforementioned E400 hybrid) will appear. In the sedan, it will replace the E550’s V-8. In the E-class coupe and convertible, it won’t. (More on that in a second.)

“There’s little about the E-class to entice the driver to make those miles pass any faster. The steering—now electrically assisted—is good in that it is hefty, bad in that it is slow and boasts little feel. It’s not engaging, but neither is it off-putting. The good news is the E-class feels like it has one of the most rigid body shells in the business.

“In addition to the new sheetmetal, all of the next-gen E-classes get an upgraded interior. A few minor layout tweaks are aimed at a more upscale appearance, but Mercedes went heavy on the tech upgrades. The car now has no fewer than 24 cameras and radar and ultrasonic sensors looking forward, to the sides, and behind. It will watch for pedestrians and cross traffic, imminent rear-enders, and potential side-swipings; it will, in heavy traffic and at low speeds, handle all throttle, brake, and steering inputs; and it will parallel park for you—or, if you want to try it yourself, provide a bird’s-eye view of the scene.”

 

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