Earlier, the cars were made just for comfort. Then came the era when people demanded more safety measures for the cars. Now, it's the era where customers want a ton of technology in their cars! With a lot of pressure on the heads of all the CEOs of different vehicle companies, there is a challenge of giving the best of looks, technology, comfort and safety at an effective price for the typical Indian man.
Here's where the Mercedes E-Class crushed it's competitors like big foot. With the bold looks, high end safety features and the best of technology cocooned in the most affordable cost for the Indian businessman.
Looking back to the earlier generations of the E-Class, I see that it has adapted itself in such a way that today it stands out in every possible way.
I'll now talk about the tech features present in this luxurious, bold beast.
The E-Class has long been renowned for its exemplary safety credentials and the latest version is no exception! Giving special emphasis on accident avoidance, a range of innovative safety measures are embedded in this car. Some of them are:
- Collision Assist Plus: It's a radar based system which helps the driver to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle or any stationary obstacle ahead. If one gets too close to the vehicle/obstacle ahead, this system starts issuing visual illustrations and acoustic sound warnings to the driver.
- Attention Assist, which warns the drivers if they're showing signs of fatigue.
- For added peace of mind and greater support and convenience on one's journey, there is the optional Driving Assistance Package. Since the standard out of the box safety features were just not enough, this package includes more "techy" safety features that other luxury cars do not offer. Features like: the Active Blind Spot Assist which shows an alert illustration on the side mirrors and makes acoustic sounds to warn the driver about any oncoming cars which he can't see from the mirror. It also includes the Active Lane Keeping Assist, which uses sensors and cameras to continuously scan the road and warn the driver if he goes off the lane by showing illustrations on the odometer.
- There are features like Brake Assist(BAS) and PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian protection.
Apart from the amazing safety features that will leave a man dumbfounded, this beast churns a whopping 620 Nm of torque using a stunning 261 Bhp engine(E-350 CDI).
And let's not forget the entertainment system of this car...
The new Mercedes E-Class has an inbuilt COMAND Online system with Media Interface as standard. Based around a high-resolution 7-inch colour display, the system caters for a range of driver needs.
There is a navigation system with 3D maps and live traffic information to help you avoid congestion hotspots. There is 'Linguatronic' voice control for a variety of spoken functions, convenient in-car internet access, and entertainment in the form of DAB digital radio, single CD and Media Interface for connecting iPods and other digital media devices.
Other notable technology includes PARKTRONIC Active Parking Assist, a system that not only identifies suitable parking spaces but actually guides your E-Class in!