Hi-Class: Mercedes introduces the updated model of the CLASS-E Cabriolet

Between a new Jeep, a new electric car, and an electric Jeep landing in the country, one after the other, the mind longs for some power and gurgling sounds. And if that happiness comes in a cabriolet version, an open roof, it’s doubly enjoyable.

The Mercedes E-CLASS, the luxury saloon car, has received an update – a comprehensive facelift at the beginning of the year, when it is joined by a range of versions, with a plug-in hybrid propulsion system, currently only in a sedan body. The bride of joy in front of you may not be a hybrid or rechargeable, but it does recharge the mind, and on these pleasant days of the year, allows the driver and passengers to open the roof and soak up the sun on the way.

The E-CLASS gets a light “touch” design for the front of the vehicle, with a new, A-shaped design, for the “grill” frame, an update to the design of the headlights and taillights, and a new design for the bumpers. The facelift is also reflected in the vehicle, with the much-needed addition of the manufacturer’s latest MBUX system, a successful manufacturer’s interface that is talked about a lot. The interface was and remains, after the update, very convenient to operate, even for technophobes: the system speaks Hebrew, displays text in a large and clear font and is accessible to the user. This system also has a smart voice activation option, but in English.

In the center of the cab are two large, colorful 12.3-inch screens, with high-quality resolution. Touch-enabled multimedia screen, which includes settings and direction of the vehicle’s comfort and safety systems, connection to the smartphone (Apple Car Play and Android Android), and operation of the excellent surround sound system, on all 13 speakers. Another important and useful instrumentation – split automatic climate control, peripheral parking sensors, with parking assistant, and 360-degree perimeter cameras, this is critical in such a vehicle and in general.

The seats are electric, upholstered in leather, and no wonder they have no ventilation option. The lack of possibility for ventilation of the driver’s body is noticeable, especially in the Israeli weather. It is not clear how such a luxurious car does not “win” it. Another must-have device, which will probably only be seen in the next generation of the E-CLASS, is a wireless mobile charging pad. Something that is no longer possible without it.

The new Mercedes (Photo: manufacturer)

In the prestigious and very beautiful-looking passenger compartment, in black, gray and burgundy, between wood and aluminum cladding, stands the new steering wheel, on which there are only touch switches. It’s cool, it’s advanced, but you’ll find yourself “accidentally touching” these switches quite a bit, and admiring settings in the system or digital dashboard, well, by mistake. The wonders of the touch.

In addition to the new design of the steering wheel, it has advanced sensing capability, which is reflected when driving with a lane-keeping assist system: it is enough for the driver to grip the steering wheel, without any movement, for the sensing system on the steering wheel to update the driver’s safety system. In the event of a lack of response from the driver, as in an emergency, the system works quickly to correct the deviation and maintain the lane.

The lane keeping system is one of the most “aggressive” I’ve experienced (Mercedes safety systems are always a bit aggressive). The E-CLASS driver assistance package includes a long list of advanced and active safety systems, including active lane keeping, alerting a vehicle in “dead zone” with an assistant to actively prevent side accidents, active steering and an emergency braking system. So if you have tried to cross a path and the system recognizes that this passage is dangerous for you, you will be returned to your path in a fast, sharp and absolute way. It’s a bit of a market, when you feel how the system works. A life-saving market.

We will continue with safety: for E-CLASS, a PRE-SAFE® system that detects possible accident situations and prepares the car and its passengers for unavoidable accident situations. The car also has a Pre-Safe Sound system, which is designed to prevent damage to the ears in the event of an accident. Additional systems have also been added, such as an accident prevention system when crossing in front of a crossing into a vertical street, and warnings of getting out of the vehicle if a car or two-wheeler approaches.

The propulsion system (rear) of the Mercedes E300 has not changed. Under the hood – a two-liter engine (1,991 cc), with a power of 258 hp, and a torque of 37 kg from 1,800 rpm, a 9-speed gearbox, and an acceleration capacity of 6.6 seconds from place to 100 km Q. The propulsion system gets a slight electric boost from a V48 electric system, which adds 15 hp, in EQ boost mode, extra power at acceleration. These types of reinforcements help, among other things, to “smooth” the operation of the start-up and stop system in the vehicle, a system that shuts off the engine at road stops, and helps prevent the engine from returning to operation without difficulty or vibrations.

I get in the car, start the engine, and first lift the switch to quickly fold the roof. Belt a belt that tightens on my body. A word about the belt mechanism: In a cabriolet vehicle, the belt sits a little far from the hand, so there is a mechanism that brings the belt closer to the driver. I may be slow, but it turned out that once or twice I missed the removable belt, because the mechanism was back in place. Why so fast, Mercedes?

From the very beginning of the ride you can feel the massiveness of the vehicle, the weight present, until you decide to use the possible driving modes, including sport mode, sport plus mode, and there is also the EQ BOOST in question. Must try and feel.

Once I chose the sporty driving mode, my entire driving experience in the E-CLASS changed from end to end, the same weight and load disappeared as if they were nothing, and the performance was fun and wild. It’s good to have that option too.

Needless to say how stable and grounded the vehicle is in the ground? Mercedes for 600,000 shekels, anyway. The performance is smooth, the engine is powerful, the gearbox shifts gears smoothly, and my ears lack gritty, real sounds.

It’s time to move on to passenger seats, which in a cabriolet are not always fun or comfortable. The access to the back seat is quite convenient. Pulling a handle on the driver’s seat folds the seat down and moves it forward towards the steering wheel electrically. One step later, I’m sitting in the back passenger seat. The backrest is straight and somewhat stiff but comfortable.

I lift the driver’s seat into place and it moves electrically into place. I have plenty of room for my knees and head, and as I stare into the luxurious-looking cab, I instantly go back to the days when we would sit in my high school friends’ car and go on useless rounds. If only I had a friend or girlfriend with a Mercedes E-CLASS cabriolet to roam with them in the city, with an open roof, and hair fluttering in the wind. With arms outstretched, and infantile and fun music and Paul Volium, of course.

At the end of the nostalgic thoughts, time to listen to the audio system from the customs traveling behind. A set of speakers is integrated in front of me in the driver’s seat and on my side. What does it mean – listening is even more experiential here from behind. Passengers also have places for glasses or bottles in the center of the two seats, nice vents that cool down to the freezer. On the sides of the seats are storage spaces, and a rear window opening switch. The trunk, for those who care about it, has a volume of 360 liters, and is divided strangely slightly, with an internal step, not practical at all.

For those interested in “greener” Mercedes models, the E-CLASS is also offered in a rechargeable hybrid version – a plug-in hybrid, with a sedan body, and without a sunroof (its graves), the Mercedes E300e. This environmentally friendly version has a pollution rating of 2, but it is not low in power at all.

The propulsion system of the E300e combines a petrol engine and an electric motor, together they provide 320 hp, and a combined torque of 70 kg. The gearbox here too is a 9G-TRONIC planetary automatic with nine gears, acceleration to 100 km / h in just 5.7 seconds, and an electric range of 55 kilometers declared.

Bottom line: The Mercedes E-CLASS is another one of the latest dinosaurs. Heavy and massive saloon car, with petrol engine, quite sporty performance, Mercedes style with a taste of yesteryear, full of pose. The facelift of 2020 – 2021 introduces modern and technological touches, and creates a kind of combination of new and old, technological and old school together, a combination that works well and looks good together.

The performance is fun, the audio system is amazing, there is sun and sky above the head. The ultimate driving experience, ignoring the fairly high fuel consumption (13 liters per 100 kilometers) and pollution rating 14. It took me a while to get to know this E-CLASS, I “felt” it and connected to it a bit late. Mercedes E-CLASS Cabriolet as an everyday car? It seems to me that I can live with it. 

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