Mercedes-Benz India is expected to launch the all-new E-Class Long Wheel Base on February 28.
Mercedes-Benz is expected to launch the fifth generation of the E-Class in India on February 28. For the first time, the E-Class will arrive in its Long Wheel Base version and the standard wheelbase version will not be sold in India.
Most manufacturers specifically make extended wheelbase versions of the car for the Chinese market due to rear leg room demand priority from Chinese customers. However, as China is a left hand drive market, those vehicles could not be sold in India.
Mercedes has invested heavily on producing a right hand drive version of the E-Class for the Indian market, becoming the first luxury manufacturer in the segment to specifically engineer a vehicle for India. Due to the large investment Mercedes has had to make, India will not get the standard wheelbase version of the E-Class to recover the cost of investment.The E-Class LWB is 5.5 inches longer than the standard car in overall length and wheelbase. The extension of the wheelbase has been used entirely on increasing the cabin size to provider better legroom for rear passengers. The overall length of the car measures at 5,063mm with a wheelbase of 3,079mm. In addition to the added legroom, the rear passengers will also get a touchscreen controller to manage the infotainment system and interior lighting.
The new E-Class for the Indian market will be powered by the petrol engine found in the GLC 300. However, the diesel option is most likely to be the 3.0litre V6. Both engines will come with Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox. As far as features go, the E-Class gets a 12.3inch dual screen infotainment and instrument cluster like the S-Class with the Mercedes COMAND Online interface.