The E-class has been the highest selling luxury sedan in India. The German auto major last year launched a face-lifted version with only four- cylinder petrol and diesel engines. This left its customers wanting for more, though the top of the line E63 AMG variant has all the power that anyone could possibly require, there was a need felt to introduce something which was less intimidating but was more engaging to drive than the E250. Mercedes has buckled under the strong demand and has finally launched the E350 CDI with a price of Rs 57.42 lakhs (ex-showroom, Pune). This model will be positioned above the 250 CDI and below the E63 AMG in the lineup.
The biggest change is obviously under the hood. The E350 CDI gets the 3.0litre, V6 engine which churns out 262bhp and has an enormous 620Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a seven-speed autobox which sends power to the rear wheels. The result is a 0-100kmph time of just 6.6 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. This engine also gets the Start-Stop function to increase fuel efficiency.
The new E350 CDI in the looks department is based on the face-lifted E250 CDI with the exception of new 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels and the E350 badging at the rear. Step inside, and you get the ‘COMAND’ system with a higher resolution display. The 17.8cm display can be used for navigation and connectivity. There is a Harman Kardon audio system with 14 speakers and USB and Bluetooth connectivity with an attendant 10GB of storage space. A panoramic sunroof is available as standard and succeeds in giving that spacious feeling to the cabin. A host of assistance systems like active lane assist, steering assist, blind spot warning, cross traffic assist are present to add to the convenience. The “Active Parking Assist” which is equipped with 360-degree parking camera makes the ritual of parking an easy one. The boot space is capacious with 540litres, large enough for your weekend shopping trips and that occasional getaway.
Mercedes will commence delivery of the E350 CDI later this month. It’s competition will include the Audi A6, BMW 5-series and the Jaguar XF.