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TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS | editor, Hong Kong

Mercedes-Benz E-Class released in Hong Kong this autumn

The E-Class is the best-selling model series in the history of Mercedes-Benz.

The E-Class Saloon has undergone a comprehensive update as the first representative of this model series and will arrive in the showrooms of dealers in Autumn 2020, according to an announcement. The Coupé and Cabriolet will follow soon thereafter.

With over 14 million Saloon and Estate models delivered since 1946, the E-Class is the best-selling model series in the history of Mercedes-Benz. It is perceived by many as the "heart of the brand".

The refresh has a more dynamic design with redesigned front headlamps, tail lamps, and radiator grille and front/rear bumpers, as well as a more comfortable interior with a widescreen cockpit with two 12.3-inch displays, MBUX with LINGUATRONIC voice control (standard) and augmented reality(optional), as well as Interior Assistant (optional).

It also has a more dynamic design with the AMG Line sporting a new bumper in the style of the AMG Performance models.

The three new paint colours available for the E-Class as part of the model refresh go by the names high-tech silver, graphite grey metallic and mojave silver. The wheel line-up has also been expanded and now includes aero wheels, which also contribute to saving fuel and thus to sustainability.

New appointment colours and materials upgrade the interior. These include the new colour combinations black/nut brown; magma grey/macchiato beige; trim in open-pore silver ash wood; burr walnut fondant; and brushed aluminium.

The seats combine the hallmark Mercedes-Benz long-distance suitability with avant-garde design. The adaptive driver's seat adjustment is particularly convenient: When the height of the body is entered on the media display or via Mercedes me, the seat automatically moves into a usually fitting position, which only needs to be fine-tuned by the driver.

The design of the front seats accentuates the sporty aura of the interior. They offer strong lateral support without compromising on comfort.

As standard, the E-Class also comes with Active Brake Assist, which in many situations is able to use autonomous braking to prevent a collision or mitigate its severity. The system is also able to brake for stationary vehicles and crossing pedestrians at typical city speeds and even to prevent collisions, depending on the situation.

Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC and 360° camera makes it possible to enter and leave parking spaces automatically. The system facilitates the search for and selection of a parking space as well as entering and leaving parallel and end-on parking spaces or garages. For the first time, the new E-Class is able to recognise and use parking spaces which are only marked as areas on larger sites, for example. The 360° camera transmits an even more realistic image to the media display, which includes an expanded side view.

The E-Class is also fitted with an entirely new steering wheel as part of the model update. It is available in three versions, as an all-leather steering wheel, in a wood-leather combination and in a supersport version. The control surfaces sport a high-gloss black finish, whilst the trim elements and surrounds have a silver shadow finish.

The new E-Class is also equipped with the latest generation of the MBUX multimedia system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience).

The system also assists the driver at traffic lights. If the E-Class is the first car at the lights, the current traffic light situation is superimposed. In this way, this new function is a particular help when there is an unfavourable line of sight to the traffic lights.

The optional MBUX Interior Assistant allows intuitive, natural operation of various comfort and MBUX functions also by movement recognition. When a hand approaches the touchscreen or the touchpad on the centre console, the media display changes, and individual elements are highlighted, for example.

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