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The eagerly awaited new Mercedes E-Class four door luxury saloon goes on sale from October 28th in the DT Dobie showrooms at Lusaka Road and Westlands in Nairobi and the Company’s branches in Mombasa, Nakuru and Kisumu.
The latest E-Class is the fifth generation of one of the most successful executive cars offering a blend of stylish designs, advanced technology, good taste and fine road holding capabilities. The range for Kenya offers the choice of the E200, E250,E300 and the E43 AMG models.
The E200 has a two litre 184 horsepower petrol engine linked with a smooth nine speed automatic gear box. The engine for the E250 develops 211 horsepower and the E300 engine is rated at 242 horsepower and finally the engine for the E43 AMG is rated at 401 hp. These engines make the new models faster and more economical than their predecessors.
The needs of motorists who value refinements, comfort and safety are met by the new E-Class which is one of the most aerodynamic shapes on the road. Buyers are offered the choice of the Exclusive line with a classic radiator grille and the Mercedes star on the bonnet, or the sporting appearance of the Avantgarde version. This features a bold front with a prominent Mercedes star in the centre.
The cabin has received high praise and has been described as a fractionally downsized version of the S-Class. Available with two large 12.3 inch displays for the driver information and the other for the car’s infotainment functions, this is a one of a kind offering in this class. The seats are superbly styled and very comfortable with massage and heating functions for the driver and front passenger. The E-Class also has heating for arm rests and the center console padding.
The reputation earned by Mercedes-Benz for making strong safe cars has been reinforced by the 2016 E-Class which bristles with active and passive safety features. One of the key new safety systems available is Pre-Safe Impulsive Side which upon the car detecting a side collision, the vehicle’s seat will inflate the side bolsters to move the occupant towards the center of the vehicle furthering the distance of the door to the occupant and thus minimizing the effects of the crash.
The selection of colours and interior combinations leaves buyers spoilt for choice. This contributes to making the E-Class a leap forward in the luxury car segment inspiring AutoCar
magazine to sum up, “It’s simply untouchable by its rivals in so many ways (on cabin ambiance and technological sophistication, comfort and overall refinement). An excellent executive saloon”.
The introduction of the Mercedes E-Class saloon follows the launch of seven different Mercedes Benz SUVs earlier this year. These range from the compact GLA to the large and luxurious GLS. All seven models are equipped with fuel efficient petrol engines and 4-MATIC intelligent 4X4 drive systems. The state of the art front and rear suspensions suit highway driving, unsurfaced tracks and off-road conditions.
Both the GLC and the mid-level GLE have coupe versions. The pinnacle of the range is the GLS which confirms its position as the “S-Class among SUVs”.
In contrast to the elegant lines of the majority of the GL models, the G-Class model which is fondly known as the G Wagen has the appearance of a typical 4X4 workhorse. This has its origins in an all purpose vehicle made by Mercedes for military use. The model offered by DT Dobie is the top of the range version and has 5.5 litre Bi-Turbo petrol engine with an output of 577 horsepower that makes it’s presence heard with a thunderous exhaust note. The G500 V8 petrol and G350d Diesel are also available to order.