Last month, Mercedes-Benz rolled out the sixth-generation E-Class for international markets. Ahead of its official unveiling, sneak pictures of the left-hand drive, long-wheelbase (LWB) variant of the executive sedan in China have surfaced online. For those unaware, the sedan's LWB variant is slated to arrive in India in mid-2024. Following the lead of the previous generation, India will only offer the LWB version of the sixth-generation E-Class. In addition, India will be the only country where this sedan will be offered in its LWB version with a right-hand drive option. Along with being a touch taller than its outgoing sibling, this sedan is anticipated to have a wheelbase that is 15 mm longer than the fifth-generation E-Class.
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB Version: The Key Details
This sixth-generation E-Class for India will only be offered in LWB configuration, much as the previous model. The E-Class is only offered in this right-hand drive LWB variant in India. The LWB is also available in China and a few other places, however, it is set up for left-hand drives. In spite of this, only the sedan's regular wheelbase design will be available in its performance variants, the AMG E 53 and the AMG E 63 S. The new E-Class LWB has the following dimensions: 5,092mm in length, 1,880mm in width, 1,493mm in height, and a 3,094mm wheelbase. The new LWB variant features a 133mm larger wheelbase than the standard E-Class, giving the back passengers more legroom.
Although there are some minor visual alterations, the long-wheelbase E-Class appears exactly like the standard model that was unveiled last month. The rear door is long, similar to the previous E-Class LWB, and the rear quarter glass is located behind the rear door rather than being merged into it with the rear window. The car in the pictures also has additional badging, such as the letter "L" after E300 to indicate that it is the LWB because it is a China-spec model. In India, though, we will only receive the LWB model, therefore that isn't going to be the case for us.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB Version: Interior and Powertrain
The interior of the new E-Class LWB will be identical to that of the standard E-Class except for these modifications, with Superscreen being an optional feature. However, anticipate Mercedes to also offer various interior colour choices and alloy wheels. Apart from this, expect the new E-Class LWB to be fitted with 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engines; the exact engine options for India are still unknown. The offering in India will also include a selection of petrol engines.
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB Version: Expected India Launch and Rivals
The second half of 2024 will see the arrival of the new E-Class LWB, according to Mercedes-Benz India. When it does, anticipate an ex-showroom cost of about Rs 1 crore. The Audi A6, the Volvo S90, and the BMW 5 Series, which will also be available in LWB form in 2024, will be the market competitors for the new Mercedes E-Class.
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