MERCEDESBENZ E 350 D
Overdrive|April 2021
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class looks sleeker, packs more tech and carries forward its reliable engines
ROHIT PARADKAR

Type 2,925cc, 6-cylinder turbo-diesel

Max power 286PS@3,400-4,600rpm

Max torque 600Nm@1,200-3,200rpm

LxWxH (mm) 5,075 x 2,065 x 1,495

Price 97.6 lakh (on-road Mumbai)

+ Best-in-class comfort, superb fit/finish, quick engine

- Massaging function is sorely missed!

When the E-Class arrived in India in the late nineties, it was the evergreen W124. Back then you would have to be a world traveller or abreast with the latest auto magazines to know that the first E-Class on sale in India was actually a model conceived in the eighties and arrived here towards the fag end of its lifecycle. Of course, it was still an excellent car and is considered an engineering masterpiece even today. But in today’s connected world, carmakers can’t pull off selling an older product when its replacement has been revealed elsewhere. And yet the E-Class has been one of the top sellers for MercedesBenz India even when the facelift was revealed exactly a year ago. So there are two things to take away from this — one is that the E-Class is still a much-loved luxury car in India despite the market’s shift towards SUVs and crossovers; and two — the updated E-Class has taken this long to arrive into India (apart from the pandemic, of course) because, remember, India gets the exclusive (right-hand-drive) long-wheelbase model of the E-Class. So readying this bespoke model for CKD operations has taken its due course.

Design

With the previous-generation E-Class (W212) Mercedes-Benz started the trend of giving the E-Class a comprehensive midlife makeover enough for it to almost pass offas an entirely new model. The W213 follows that tradition. The headlights have gone sleeker and have finer detail. An LED brow and two projector lamps give it a completely new lighting signature on the range-topping E 350d seen here. The taillights have a sharp new horizontal shape with a split design, and their detailing has lost the older stardust pattern for a segmented one that seems inspired by the S 63 coupé.

The E-Class still has an elegant, minimalist design devoid of busy lines and creases, which coupled with the long-wheelbase almost gives it a sleek, four-door coupé like silhouette. It looks particularly good when you pair it with sportier bumpers and the 18-inch wheels that are exclusive to the new AMG line. I’m on the fence about the diamond grille though, which looks a bit too mainstream now, or probably it’s hard for me to accept an E-Class without a horizontally-slatted grille and an upright three-pointed star placed on the bonnet (that combination is available on the Exclusive trim). Speaking of the bonnet, the AMG line gets the sportier one with the two bulges that Mercedes-Benz likes to call ‘power domes’ and well, they do add visual appeal — not so much in the white seen here, but the hyacinth red or the Mojave grey look stunning.

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