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Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2018): Test Drive With Dave Erickson

The Mercedes-Benz E‑Class starts into the new model year extensively enhanced. The model series narrows the gap to the S-Class with the cutting-edge driving assistance systems. The new SPORTSTYLE Package for the Saloon and Estate models combines attractive exterior and interior equipment features.

With the Driving Assistance Package, all E-Class Saloon and Estate models come with the driving assistance systems that feature the range of functions with route-based driver support familiar from the S-Class. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist now provide even more comfortable support for the driver in steering and keeping a safe distance – the speed is now adjusted automatically ahead of bends, junctions or roundabouts.

There is a choice of five driving programs and four operating modes, allowing the powertrain management strategy to be adapted both to the driver’s requirements and to the on-board energy supplies. This control system achieves its highest efficiency in the Economy or Comfort program as it accesses the data of all the driver assistance systems – such as radar sensors, camera and navigation system – and outperforms any driver when it comes to anticipatory driving. The powertrain management takes account of the topography, route and traffic situation to calculate precisely when it is best for the driver to come off the accelerator (and use the momentum for charging), when and how often the transmission should change gear to save fuel and maximise the range of the electric drive, and how the operating temperature of all major components needs to be controlled to negotiate the next uphill gradient efficiently.

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