Generation wars: Mercedes-Benz E-class [w/ poll]

 

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Yesterday Mercedes-Benz finally released pictures of its new E-class, and it looks exactly like we expected it would look: a blown-up C-class or, if you’re being generous, a shrunken S-class. In fact, this may be the closest that Mercedes has brought its three sedans since the W202, W124 and W140 of the mid-1990s. 

While the 2013 S-class was the first car to roll out the new styling, it’s the C-class that the new E-class is most similar to. When viewed from the front 3/4s, the two look like two versions of the same car, as though Mercedes-Benz was so happy with the runner-up design for the C-class that they decided to make the E-class based on that. The only differences that stand out to me are the slightly different lower part of the front bumper, and a slightly more curved character line on the side of the C-class.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I really like the new E-class, and think it may be the best-looking of Mercedes’ new triplets. The rear lights in particular are better-resolved than on the C-class, where they look a bit melted. Ironically, they remind me of the rear lights on the previous-generation C-class, with a sharper upper edge than the jellybean items on the current C-class or S-class.

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What do you, dear readers, think? Do you like the new model enough to forgive it its lack of originality, or do you think that Mercedes-Benz has gone too far in making its cars so similar that they make Audi’s models positively differentiated?

Which generation of the E-class do you prefer?

  • New one: it's simply the better-looking car (36%, 34 Votes)
  • Old one: the new one may be better-looking, but the old one at least had some originality (35%, 33 Votes)
  • Old one: I prefer the edgier design and the double headlamps (23%, 22 Votes)
  • New one: I like the close family resemblance to the C-class (5%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 94

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Comments

  1. Losange says:

    In my opinion the best looking E-class ever, but at the same time the most anonymous one. German luxury brands can save money by sacking their exterior designers. They don’t need them anymore which is a pity. Owners of an S-class know they have a good car, but they must be surprised when they see this E-class next to them on the road. The same goes for future E-class drivers who meet the current C-class. The higher positioned model always loses a part of its exclusivity, especially luxury cars.

    Thank god for brands like Infiniti, Lexus, Cadillac, DS and Volvo.

  2. It looks very average and forgettable, but E – class was always most traditional Mercedes in my opinion. I didn’t really liked the old one and this one is no better…
    If there was no Mercedes badge i could swear it’s some Chinese model – probably they are aiming partly on that market. In comparison with new Volvo S90 looks kind of boring.

  3. WilliamC says:

    The E-Class represents a certain social stature. The old one had a statutory line, a presence, like all the E-Class. The new one looks like every new Mercedes : vulgar, rude and inelegant. It’s not a A-Class Merc, but a big sedan car who have particular customers… The A6 and 5 Series have, for me, good times ahead.

  4. To be honest I had to look up the old E class image because I wasn’t sure what it looked like – that is how anonymous it had become.
    This new one is a pleasant design but nobody would call it striking. Taking the “Russian Doll” German design culture to the extreme – will Mercedes Benz, Audi and BMW please get rid of the zoom photocopiers in the offices.

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