With an new set of engines in most models for 2012, plus standard 4Matic all-wheel drive for the E550, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class steps up its game in some respects and maintains its generally high level of quality in the rest.
Aggressively styled and quite clearly Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the E-Class exudes modern Teutonic themes with sharp angles, dramatic sheetmetal work, and plenty of chrome. Inside, the style is similar, with excellent materials and clean looks that speak of quality and clarity of design vision.
Available in four different body styles (Coupe, Convertible, Sedan, and Wagon) and several different engine configurations, the E-Class is a full range rather than a single model. The E350 gets a new engine for 2012; a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 302 horsepower. Direct injection enhances power and fuel economy over the previous V-6. E550 models get a new 4.6-liter V-8, also with direct injection, rated at 402 horsepower. The E350 BlueTec diesel carries its 210-horsepower...
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