2024 Mercedes E-Class L debuts in China with luxury for rear passengers
The Chinese-spec E-Class features a 5.6-inch longer body, primarily due to its extended wheelbase, offering additional space and comfort.
Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed the E-Class L, a long-wheelbase version of the iconic E-Class, catering to the Chinese market. This extended variant comes six months after the debut of the standard W214 E-Class and offers an enticing alternative to the larger S-Class flagship. Let's delve into the details of this luxurious executive sedan.
A Distinguished Look
Visually, the E-Class L stands out with its longer rear doors, thicker C-pillars, and rear quarter glass. The addition of a special emblem on the D-pillars lends it an air of sophistication, reminiscent of a Maybach. The rest of the design remains consistent with the regular E-Class, complete with the classic star emblem on the grille, LED taillights, and puddle lights. For the enthusiasts, the AMG Line offers distinct features like unique wheels, sportier bumpers, and an illuminated grille, setting it apart from other trims with the traditional hood ornament.
The Chinese-spec Mercedes-Benz E-Class L stretches 5,092 mm (200.4 inches) in length, a notable increase of 143 mm (5.6 inches) over the standard E-Class. This extra length primarily benefits the wheelbase, which now measures 3,094 mm (121.8 inches), providing an abundance of space for both rear passengers and luggage.
Stepping inside the E-Class L, you'll find a dashboard carried over from the standard E-Class. The centerpiece is the hyperscreen, featuring three expansive displays with region-specific graphics and applications. Rear passengers are in for a treat with increased knee room, reclining seatbacks, and electrically adjustable leg rests.
Moreover, the E-Class L boasts several premium amenities, such as neck-heating function on the rear headrests, a dual-phone wireless charging pad within the armrest, and a high-end Burmester sound system with seat vibration effects. The electric front passenger seat-folding function allows passengers to stretch their legs comfortably, a feature especially valuable for those being chauffeured. The ambient lighting strips on the door cards add to the upscale atmosphere. However, there are no additional displays for rear passengers.
Powerful Performance and Technology
In the Chinese market, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class L will initially offer a 4-cylinder powertrain in two configurations – the E270L with 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS) and the more potent E300L with 255 hp (190 kW / 258 PS). The lineup is expected to expand with more options in the future. The E-Class L comes equipped with air suspension and rear-wheel steering, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride.
Sales of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class L are set to begin in China in the near future. Additionally, there are plans to introduce the model in the Indian market during the second half of 2024. This long-wheelbase variant marks the fourth bodystyle of the new E-Class, following the standard sedan, the practical Estate, and the adventurous All-Terrain wagon with crossover styling elements.
With its extended wheelbase and luxurious features, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class L caters to the Chinese market's desire for spacious and opulent executive sedans, providing a compelling alternative to the larger S-Class flagship.