Mercedes has unveiled the long-wheelbase (LWB) version of the new E-class sedan at the Beijing Auto Show 2016. The India-bound Mercedes E-class LWB has been extended by 140 mm making an an extra 134mm of rear legroom over the standard wheelbase E-class. In the Chinese market, the stretched E-Class will be offered in two distinct design characters - as a saloon and as a sports saloon.
The E-class saloon carries the classic saloon radiator grille with the Mercedes star on the bonnet, while the sports saloon is noticeable by the radiator grille with its central star. Applying the Maybach affect, the long wheelbase E-Class now measures 5,063mm as against the standard sedans' 4,923mm. More interestingly, the stretched sedan is now almost as long as the S-Class, which is 5,116mm in length. Inside the new Mercedes E-Class LWB, the cabin has also been updated with a refresh centre armrest, as well as with an option of customized features like wireless phone charger and a touchscreen display.
Though, the company has not revealed any details about the engine specifications, but it is said to be badged as ‘E 200 L’ that gives a clear picture that the E-Class could possibly sport a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The engine will be connected to Mercedes’ new nine-speed automatic gearbox. While speaking of the safety features, it will be loaded with as autonomous emergency braking and attention assist as standard.
Mercedes will launch E-class LWB in China later this year, followed by other global markets as well, while it is expected to touch Indian shores in 2017.