The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, launched yesterday by Abdul Rahman Albisher & Zaid Alkazemi Co, authorized General Distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Kuwait, is the pacemaker when it comes to safety, comfort and environmental compatibility in its market segment.
Addressing a launch event at the Mercedes showroom in Shuwaikh yesterday, Horst J Neuber, General Manager, Albisher & Alkazemi Co, said, “We expect the new E-Class to be a firm favorite with our customers and build an even stronger following than the outgoing model.” The new E- Class will be available in Kuwait exclusively from Albisher & Alkazemi Co from May 26 onwards, he informed.
With its unique combination of driver assistance systems, this saloon further consolidates the leading position of Mercedes-Benz in the luxury class.
Features include a drowsiness detection system, Adaptive Highbeam Assist and the proximity control system which is capable of performing automatic emergency braking when there is acute danger of a collision. Mercedes-Benz has improved the already exemplary long-distance comfort of the E-Class even further in the new saloon, principally through the use of intelligent body shell technology with up to 30 percent greater rigidity, further improved seats and a newly developed suspension whose shock absorbers au
tomatically adjust to the current driving situation. The optional air suspension now works in combination with an electronic damping system.
For more than 50 years, the E-Class saloons and their predecessors have been acknowledged as trendsetters in the safety field. The new saloon continues this tradition with an unrivalled combination of the very latest assistance and protection system whose concept and development are based on what actually happens during accidents.
These technologies make the E-Class an “intelligent partner” able to see, feel, react reflexively in critical situations and if necessary act independently to prevent accidents or mitigate their consequences. With this concept, the new Mercedes model not only protects its own occupants, but also contributes decisively to the greater safety of other road users” said Palli Musthafa, Senior Manager Sales & operations, Albisher & Alkazemi Co..
The outstanding safety and comfort of the E-Class are matched by its environmental compatibility and economy: the four- and six-cylinder engines are direct-injection units, and consume up to 23 percent less fuel than before.
Mercedes-Benz equips the BlueEFFICIENCY models E 200 CGI and E 250 CGI that will arrive later this year with the newly developed four-cylinder direct petrol injection engine with a displacement of 1.8 liters, turbocharging and variable intake and exhaust camshafts. The E 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY (184 hp) is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and the ECO start/stop function as standard, and consumes only 6.8 liters of premium petrol per 100 kilometers (combined NEDC consumption, provisional figure)
. This equates to 159 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Mercedes-Benz equips the V6 and V8-models as standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission, steering wheel selector lever and shift paddles.
Mercedes-Benz offers the new system in a lighting package that includes bi-xenon headlamps, the Intelligent Light System and LED daytime driving lights.
The Lane Tracking package for the new E-Class includes Blind Spot Assist familiar from the S-Class, and as a new development, Lane Keeping Assist which seeks to prevent the vehicle from leaving the road unintentionally. When the system recognizes that the car is drifting from its lane, the driver is prompted to take counter steering action by brief but unmistakable vibrations of the steering wheel.
Night View Assist from the S-Class is now also available as an optional extra for the new E-Class. Mercedes-Benz has improved this system with a special pedestrian detection function: as soon as Night View Assist Plus recognizes pedestrians ahead of the car, they are highlighted in the onboard display to provide a greatly enhanced warning effect.
Thanks to an innovative technology, the new E-Class is very sensitive to its driver’s attention level, and warns him or her of drowsiness in good time.
Typical Mercedes attention to detail has also been lavished on the interior of the new E-Class where the designers have ensured that every feature appeals in both emotional and functional terms with its form, color or material. The result is a harmonious whole-an atmosphere in which the car’s occupants immediately feel safe and protected, and long journeys can be enjoyed without any feeling of effort or stress.