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Mercedes-Benz refines the E-class concept by building an even better large sedan
3 Oct 2004
THE Mercedes-Benz E-class has ruled the roost among mid-size luxury cars virtually from its first appearance in the mid-1980s. The latest version moves on. As a refinement of a car already rated to be among the most refined on the market, it gives others a target to aim for, while providing owners with an experience unequalled just about anywhere. It’s a showcase for plenty of new technology, including things like brake-by-wire, tail-light bulbs that last the life of the car, seats that adjust automatically to suit the mood of the moment and air-conditioning that allows everyone inside to have their own, individual micro climates. Many of these things are optional of course, but even without ticking the extras box, you will still be paying a lot more for your E-class than a similarly specified competitor. Once again, the badge comes at a price.
Model release date: 1 August 2002 to 1 March 2005
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Mercedes-Benz E-classReleased: July 1997
Ended: August 2002
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Actually launched Down Under in February 1996, the previous-generation W210 E-class didn't receive the 3.2-litre V6 the current model is still powered by until July 1997. It replaced the original in-line six of exactly the same capacity, adding more performance while reducing weight, fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. The E500 replaced the E430 when the current E-class arrived here in August 2002 (when the E240 became a 2.6 instead of a 2.4), while the 211-series E-class Estate was added to the Australian line-up in October 2003.
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