The German auto major, Mercedes-Benz, recently pulled the covers off the next-generation E-Class Long Wheelbase (LWB) in China. In April this year, the sixth-gen E-Class was unveiled for all markets whereas the soon-to-be-launched E-Class LWB version will only be offered in a few. The long-wheelbase E-Class is already sold by the brand in India, hence this version is more relevant to our domestic market. In fact, India is the first country with a right-hand drive market to receive the E-Class LWB model. The luxury saloon also has more legroom, knee room, and overall comfort thanks to the longer wheelbase, but the interior trim and equipment are the same as in the standard model. Moreover, it is expected that the India-bound version will include the same conveniences as the ones found in the China-spec model, which has powered reclining rear seats with ottoman functionality. Read on to learn further details about the new E-Class LWB.
New-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB: Dimensions
One of the standout aspects of this specific model is its enhanced dimensions. The 2024 iteration of the E-Class LWB from Mercedes-Benz measures 5,092mm in length, 1,880mm in width, and 1,493mm in height, with a 3,094mm wheelbase. Compared to the previous-gen model, it is 20mm wider and 18mm longer, with nearly all of the length boost of 18mm coming from a 15mm longer wheelbase.
New-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB: Design Details
Speaking of the design, the E-Class LWB has a similar appearance to the standard version, with the exception of an extended rear door and a quarter glass that is placed behind the rear door rather than being integrated into it with the rear window. Besides this, it sports a redesigned front bumper with substantial air intakes, a wide grille, sharp headlamps, and a typical Mercedes-Benz look overall. Moving to the rear end, you will notice exterior elements such as a revamped bumper, sleek and elegant LED taillights, as well as multi-spoke alloy wheels.
New-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB: Interior Features
The LWB E-Class's cabin is comparable to that of the standard E-Class. Power reclining rear seats with an ottoman function are among the many feature options available for the vehicle that made its debut in China. The rear headrests of the sedan have a neck heating feature and a "Boss" button that allows the passenger in the back seat to move and fold the front passenger seat for additional space. The car also has an ambient lighting system that wraps around the back seats. Additionally, a wireless charging pad for two phones is added to the back center armrest.
The Superscreen, which has three integrated screens - a 12.2-inch digital console, a 14.4-inch infotainment system, and a third screen for the passenger - is a well-known component. Having said that, it remains to be seen if this feature will be available in India. The third-generation MBUX operating system is a major technological advancement for the new E-Class. Interestingly, the international version of the model automates various comfort-related features using AI.
New-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB: Powertrain and Transmission Options
The six-cylinder petrol engine for the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB will be offered in China, whilst the six-cylinder diesel, specifically the 350d, is expected to be the main option for our country. Apart from these, the manufacturer is also going to provide a four-cylinder petrol engine and, on lower-spec variants, a four-cylinder diesel, both of which are most likely to arrive in India. The E-Class LWB has air suspension and a rear-wheel steering system that allows for a maximum turn of 4.5 degrees of the rear wheels.
New-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB: Expected Price and India Launch Details
The E-Class has grown to be a very significant product in the Indian lineup of the carmaker. It further remains among the top sellers for the brand. In our home market, the price range for the E-class stands between Rs 75 lakh and Rs 88 lakh. In the second half of 2024, the new-generation E-Class LWB is certain to make its way to Indian shores. Upon its launch here, you can expect the LWB variant of the sedan to set you back by Rs 1 crore. Mentioned figures are ex-showroom.