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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

E-Class redirects here. For Chrysler's rebadged version of the Dodge 600 sold from 1983-1984, see Chrysler E-Class.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2009 Mercedes-Benz E350 (US, W211)
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Magna Steyr (4MATIC only)
Parent company Daimler-Benz
DaimlerChrysler (1998-2007)
Daimler AG (2008-present)
Production predecessors date to mid-1930s
E-class nomenclature adopted in 1993
Class Mid-size luxury car
Executive car
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive/Four-wheel drive
Related Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a range of executive-size cars manufactured by Mercedes-Benz in various engine and body configurations. The E initially stood for Einspritzmotor, (German for fuel injection); a new feature in volume production vehicles at the time that the E-Class first appeared, with the E as a suffix to the engine nomenclature (e.g. 230E) in the 1950s. It was not until the launch of the facelifted W124 that the E was used as a prefix (i.e. E220) and the model referred to officially as the E-Class (or E-Klasse). At this time all Mercedes cars used fuel injection and the company felt it was not necessary to add this as a distinguishing feature. Due to the E-Class' size and durability, the cars also frequently serve as taxis in European countries. Older models like the W123 and W124 are used in Malaysia as inter-state taxis, and the most current model is used in Singapore as a taxi., and Mercedes-Benz offers a taxi specification as well as other special-purpose vehicles (e.g. police or ambulance modifications) from the factory.


W120 'Ponton'

The first modern mid size Mercedes was the W120 'Ponton' 180 of 1953. Sharing its engineering with the R121 190 SL of 1955, the Ponton was a stylish sedan with four-cylinder power. A larger-engined W121 190 appeared in 1958.

W110 'Fintail'

Mercedes added tailfins to both the big S-Class and the new W110 'Fintail' 190 of 1962. Straight-6 power appeared for the first time in the 1965 230 model, and the fours grew in displacement that year as well.

W114/W115 'Stroke-8'

The mid size Mercedes was redesigned in 1968 as the W114/W115 'Stroke-8'. This time, the 6-cylinder models (The W114s) were most prevalent, with the W115 line making up the bottom of the company's offerings with four - and five-cylinder power. Diesel engines joined the line-up, as did a coupé body.


The popular W123 quickly became a best-seller on its launch in 1977. Especially in Diesel 240D (and later 300D) guises, the cars enhanced the company's reputation for product quality. Over 2.3 million were produced until the end of production in 1985.
Saloon/Sedan, Coupé and Estate body configurations were offered.


W124 Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate
Production 1984–1995
Assembly Sindelfingen, Germany
Bremen, Germany
Pune, India
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Platform Mercedes-Benz W124
Engine(s) 3.0L 177 hp I6 3.2L 217 hp (162 kW) I6
4.2L 275 hp (205 kW) V8
5.0L 315 hp (235 kW) (USA) 326 hp (243 kW) (Europe) V8
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase Sedan & Wagon: 110.2 in (2799 mm)
Coupe: 106.9 in (2715 mm)
Length Wagon: 188.2 in (4780 mm)
Sedan: 187.2 in (4755 mm)
Coupe: 183.9 in (4671 mm)
Width 68.5 in (1740 mm)
E500 Sedan: 70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height Wagon: 59.8 in (1519 mm)
Sedan: 56.3 in (1430 mm)
Coupe: 55.5 in (1410 mm)
Convertible: 54.8 in (1392 mm)
E500 Sedan: 55.4 in (1407 mm)
Curb weight 3927 lb (500E)
3826 lb (400E)
The 'E-Class' name first appeared in the USA with the face-lifted W124 in 1994 (the w124 was introduced in the US in 1986 but continued with the older models naming convention until 1994, when all Mercedes Benz models switched to a new system i.e. E320 instead of 300E). The 300D continued to be the fuel economy option over the 4 and 6 cylinder gasoline engines, and the gasoline V8 engines (available after 1992) increased gasoline power outputs further. The V8 powered sedans/saloons were named 400E/500E from 1992-1993, and E420/E500 after 1993. Likewise, the 3-liter cars (e.g., 'E300') where also re-badged to 'E320' with the new 3.2 litre engines and naming rationalization of 1994.
Saloon/Sedan, Coupé, Convertible and Estate body configurations were offered.
From 1992 to 1994 Mercedes offered a limited production sport version of the W124 sedan, created and assembled with help from Porsche. This was called the 500E (E500 for 1994).


1996-99 Mercedes-Benz W210 E-Class sedan
Production 1995–2002
Assembly Graz, Austria
Sindelfingen, Germany
Bremen, Germany
Sindelfingen, Germany
Zuffenhausen, Germany
Pune, India
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Cairo, Egypt (From 1998)
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Platform Mercedes-Benz W210
Engine(s) 3.0L 174 hp (130 kW) I6
3.2L 217 hp (162 kW) V6
3.2L 221 hp (165 kW) V6
4.2L 276 hp (206 kW) V8
4.3L 275 hp (205 kW) V8
5.4L 362 hp (270 kW) V8
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual, 6-speed Automatic
Wheelbase 111.5 in (2832 mm)
Length Sedan: 189.4 in (4811 mm)
Wagon: 190.0 in (4826 mm)
Width 70.8 in (1798 mm)
Height Sedan: 56.7 in (1440 mm)
Wagon: 59.3 in (1506 mm)
AMG Sedan: 56.9 in (1445 mm)
The W210 E-Class, launched in 1996, brought the mid-size Mercedes firmly into the upper end of the luxury market. Though six-cylinder models were still offered for a time, the four-light front end and high prices moved the car upmarket. In September 1999 the W210 E-class was facelifted. This included visual, mechanical and quality improvements over the earlier versions. The Coupe/Cabriolet versions were called W208.


2003-2006 Mercedes-Benz E-320 sedan (US)
Production 2002-2009
Assembly Sindelfingen, Germany
Bremen, Germany
Zuffenhausen, Germany
Graz, Austria
Pune, India
Beijing, China
Cairo, Egypt
Pekan, Malaysia
Tehran, Iran
Samut Prakan, Thailand
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Platform Mercedes-Benz W211
Engine(s) 2.6L 208 hp (155 kW) V6
3.2L 209 hp (156 kW) I6
3.2L 221 hp (165 kW) V6
3.5L 268 hp (200 kW) V6
5.0L 302 hp (225 kW) V8
5.5L 382 hp (285 kW) V8
6.1L 469 hp (350 kW) V8
6.2L 507 hp (378 kW) V8
2.1L 136 hp (101 kW) Turbo Diesel I4
2.1L 170 hp (130 kW) Turbo Diesel I4
3.0L 204 hp (152 kW) Turbo Diesel V6
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
7-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 112.4 in (2855 mm)
Length 2003-04 Sedan: 190.3 in (4834 mm)
2005-06 Sedan: 189.7 in (4818 mm)
2007-Present Sedan: 191.0 in (4851 mm)
2004-06 Wagon: 191.7 in (4869 mm)
2007-Present Wagon: 192.3 in (4884 mm)
Width 2003-04: 71.3 in (1811 mm)
2005-present: 71.7 in (1821 mm)
Height 2003-06 Sedan: 57.0 in (1448 mm)
2007-Present Sedan: 58.4 in (1483 mm)
2007-Present Wagon: 59.3 in (1506 mm)
2004-Present Wagon: 58.9 in (1496 mm)
AMG: 57.2 in (1453 mm)
Related Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Launched in 2002, the W211 E-Class was another evolution of the previous model and was considered by the motoring media as an even more competitive offering to the long term rival BMW 5-Series (which previously was the preferred choice of the motoring media). Before North American sales began, the car was shown in the 2002 movie Men in Black II.
The W211-based W219 CLS-Class 4-door coupé was introduced as a niche model in 2005, primarily to attract a younger demographic.
The W211 E-Class was face lifted in 2006 to address quality and technical issues raised by earlier models, Sensotronic was dropped, while Pre-Safe (w/o brake support) was made standard. The largest factory built engine in the E-class range is the E500 (badged E550 in the U.S.) which had its engine size increased from 5 litres to 5.5 litres in 2006 along with the facelift. There is also an AMG model badged E63 AMG and other tuning house installations.
Mercedes-Benz introduced their BlueTec Diesel system to the E-Class at the 2006 North American International Auto Show as the E320 CDI BlueTec. BlueTec is a two-phase system for cleaning diesel emissions. The first phase makes the E320 CDI legal in 45 of the 50 United States (plus the District of Columbia). The second phase uses urea for further reductions to meet the more stringent standards of California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. Sales of E320 CDI BlueTec began in autumn 2006 as a 2007 model, but 50-state legal models with urea injection will not be introduced until the 2009 model year.
US sales
US Calendar Year Sales
2003 55,683
2004 58,954
2005 50,383
2006 50,195
2007 48,950
2008 38,576


Mercedes-Benz W212
2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 sedan (US)
Production 2009–Present
Assembly Sindelfingen, Germany
Cairo, Egypt
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz W211
Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
Class Executive car
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
2-door coupe
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 2.1L diesel I4
3.0L diesel V6
1.8L turbocharged I4
3.5L V6
5.5L V8
6.2L V8
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
7-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase Coupe: 112.4 in (2855 mm)
Sedan: 113.1 in (2873 mm)
Length Coupe: 191.0 in (4851 mm)
Sedan: 191.7 in (4869 mm)
Width Coupe: 71.7 in (1821 mm)
Sedan: 75.9 in (1928 mm)
Height Coupe: 57.0 in (1448 mm)
Sedan: 57.6 in (1463 mm)
Related Mercedes ML-Class
The W212 replaced the W211 in 2009. Official photos of the W 212 were leaked on the internet on the 9th December, 2008 ahead of its 2009 Geneva Motor Show unveiling. Scans of a leaked brochure were posted onto the internet in January 2009, detailing the whole E-Class range including the new E 200 CGI and E 230 CGI with direct injected forced inducted engines. New features include a blind spot monitor, Lane Keeping Assist, Pre-safe with Attention Assist and Night View Assist Plus. In the United States the E-class will be priced nearly US$4,600 less than the previous model. The E-class coupe is built in Bremen using the W204 C-class platform. The W212 estate was also announced and goes on sale from November 2009. 

General information

The 400E and 500E went into production on August 6, 1991, as 1992 models.
The 1994 E500 production ended on June 24, 1994.
Production of the 1995 E-Class W124 ended on May 23, 1995.
Production of the 1996 E-Class began on July 17, 1995.
Production of the 2002 E-Class ended on February 20, 2002.
Production of the 2003 E-Class began on May 13, 2002.
Through time the E-Class has been built in:
  • RWD: Sindelfingen, Germany
  • 1986-1995 Wagons: Bremen & Sindelfingen, Germany
  • 500E/E500/E55 AMG: Zuffenhausen, Germany & Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1970-present: Jakarta, Indonesia (by PT. German Motor Manufacturing, 1983 followed by PT. Star Engine Indonesia, on 2000 became PT Daimler Chrysler Indonesia, & 2008 became PT. Mercedes Benz Indonesia). First Indonesian made Benz E-Class are W114-280 & W115-200 on early 70's.
  • 1990-????: Malaysia
  • 1993-????, 2005-present: Thailand (by Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant Co., Ltd.)
  • 1993: Philippines
  • 1995-present: Pune, India (for the Indian market) Joint-venture signed in 1994 with TELCO, India for manufacture of Mercedes Cars in India. First Indian made E220 bowed in 1995.
  • 1996: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • 1998-present 4MATIC: Graz, Austria (by Magna Steyr)
  • 2006-present: Pekan, Malaysia (by Malaysia Truck and Bus Sdn Bhd (MTB) of DRB-HICOM)
  • 2006-present: Iran (by Top Khodro, a joint venture with Iran Khodro Diesel, for the Iranian market)
  • 2006-present: Beijing, China (by Beijing-Benz DaimlerChrysler Automotive for the Chinese market)


The Mercedes-Benz E-Class was Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1996


The latest performance version of the E-Class, the E63 AMG is the first sedan built entirely by AMG. With a 518 horsepower engine, the E63 can hit a top speed of around 200 mph (electronic limiter off), and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

Brabus E V12

German automotive tuner Brabus makes a modified E class with a modified version of the S600's V12 engine powering it. Sold as the Brabus E V12, it is the third fastest four-door sedan in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, until the introduction of the Brabus Rocket based on the CLS which was the fastest four-door car in the world up to January 2009 when Paul Gentilozzi drove a 503 hp (375 kW) Jaguar XFR to 230 mph (370 km/h). The 640 hp (480 kW) E V12 has a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h) and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.1 seconds.