Not surprisingly, the interior design is also based on the S-Class, which is good news given that the full-size has received one of the most beautiful cabins on the market. We’re looking at the same organic dashboard with a massive touchscreen in the middle, four A/C vents below, and a wide center stack and console with a clean and elegant design.
However, the Germans developed an all new instrument cluster for the E-Class. The entry-level models will get two analogue dials and a seven-inch screen in between, while the more expensive trims will come with a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel. The former will be paired with an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, while the latter will feature an identical 12.3-inch unit atop the center stack.
The steering wheel also received an all-new feature, in the form of touch-sensitive buttons. A world-first in the automotive industry, the said function can detect horizontal and vertical swipes just like the screen of a smartphone or tablet. This innovation will allow the driver to control features of the infotainment system using only their thumbs, which will improve safety. Speaking of the infotainment system, it now comes with redesigned menus and functions, which will probably make it on the S-Class when the full-size receives its mid-cycle facelift.
Much like all new-generation Mercedes models, the E-Class also benefits from Linguatronic voice control, the Comand rotary dial, and energy-saving LEDs for interior lighting. The latter can be had in no fewer than 64 colors, a first for a Mercedes-Benz.
Finally, Stuttgart promises an array of high-grade leathers and wood inserts to choose from, an outstanding attention to detail, and revised seats that offer enhanced comfort or sportiness, depending on the trim. Audiophiles will be happy to know that the new sedan will get an optional, second-generation Burmester sound system with 23 speakers, four of which are integrated into the roof.
New 2016, 2017 Mercedes E-Class