Mercedes Reveals E-Class L in China: A More Affordable Alternative to the S-Class Flagship

  • Mercedes has unveiled the new and extended E-Class L in China, following the debut of the standard W214 six months prior. This long wheelbase version of the executive sedan offers an economical option with ample space, advanced technology, and rear passenger comfort.

Visually, the E-Class L stands out with its elongated rear doors, thicker C-pillars, rear quarter glass, and a distinctive emblem on the D-pillars, giving it the appearance of a Maybach. The rest of the design carries over from the regular E-Class, including the classic star emblem on the grille, LED taillights, and puddle lights. The AMG Line, of course, features unique wheels, sportier bumpers, and an illuminated grille specific to the model, setting it apart from other trims.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class L for the Chinese market stretches to 5,092 mm (200.4 inches) in length, which is 143 mm (5.6 inches) longer than the standard E-Class. The majority of this extra length, 5.2 inches, contributes to the extended 3,094 mm (121.8 inches) wheelbase.

Inside, the dashboard retains the E-Class design, with the option of the hyperscreen that consists of three large displays. However, it features region-specific graphics and applications. Rear passengers enjoy increased legroom, reclining seatbacks, and electrically adjustable leg rests for added comfort.

The added luxuries encompass a neck-heating feature built into the rear headrests, a dual-phone wireless charging pad seamlessly integrated into the armrest, and a top-tier Burmester sound system complete with seat vibration effects. Furthermore, a dedicated button allows for the convenient electric folding of the front passenger seat, enabling passengers to stretch their legs when using a chauffeur. Notably, the door cards in the long-wheelbase E-Class exhibit a distinct design, with ambient lighting strips extending upwards and behind the rear headrests, creating a more opulent ambiance. Regrettably, this model does not include extra displays for rear-seat passengers.

In China, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class L is set to feature a 4-cylinder powertrain available in two configurations – the E270L with 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS) and the more robust E300L with 255 hp (190 kW / 258 PS). Additionally, it is anticipated that the lineup will expand with more engine options in the future. The E-Class L is equipped with air suspension and rear-wheel steering.

Sales of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class L are scheduled to begin in China in the coming months. According to Autocar India, the model is also expected to be introduced to the Indian market in the second half of 2024. This marks the fourth body style in the new E-Class lineup, following the standard sedan, the practical Estate, and the adventurous All-Terrain wagon featuring crossover styling elements.

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