In the suspension department, you’ll find steel springs as standard. You can swap these with two types of air suspension, though. One comes with adaptive damping only and the other adds a multi-chamber setup for optimal body control. Three chambers of different sizes in the spring struts of the rear axle and two in the spring struts of the front axle make it possible to control, in three stages, how firmly the suspension reacts to the road. In this way, the occupants enjoy soft, comfy base suspension, together with a stiffer feeling and good handling stability as speed increases. This can be controlled using the Dynamic Select system.
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Right now, only one powertrain has been confirmed for the U.S. market. That powertrain is the familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in a handful of other Mercedes products. It will feature in a base E300 delivering 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard, though all-wheel drive will be available.
For markets outside the U.S., Mercedes has confirmed four-cylinder diesel, six-cylinder diesel and six-cylinder gasoline options. The latter is the familiar twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 333 hp. It features in E400 trim. Finally, an E350e plug-in hybrid has been confirmed. It combines a four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for 279 hp.
Mercedes says more details, including info on additional variants such as a plug-in hybrid and eventual high-performance Mercedes-AMG E63, will be announced closer to the market launch this summer. Pricing for the range will start at $53,075, including destination.
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