2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The new 2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is celebrating its world premiere at the Motor Show in Brussels - 25 Photos added to Gallery 01/17/02
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class:
Trendsetter for top technology, design and driving enjoyment
Brussels - After a development time of 48 months and an investment totalling more than two billion euros, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is celebrating its world premiere at the Motor Show in Brussels. With numerous technical innovations the new saloon sets new standards in the areas of vehicle safety, comfort and handling dynamics.
The new E-Class will be in the showrooms of Mercedes-Benz dealerships and company-owned sales and service outlets throughout Europe from mid-March 2002.
As with its successful predecessor, Mercedes-Benz continues to demonstrate its worldwide technological leadership with the new E-Class. This saloon redefines the standards in the automotive luxury class and assumes an exemplary position in all major engineering disciplines.
Trailblazing innovations offered by no other automobile brand are entering series production with the new E-Class, or are available in this vehicle class for the first time. One example of the technological exclusivity at the highest level is the electrohydraulic braking system Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC), developed specially by Mercedes-Benz, which is standard equipment in the new E-Class. An innovative multicontour seat which automatically adapts to the current driving situation and the enhanced AIRMATIC DC (Dual Control) air suspension system for outstanding ride comfort are also celebrating their automotive premiere.
New, dynamic reinterpretation of typical design characteristics
The design of the new E-Class continues the elegant lines of the preceding series and emphasises the dynamic character of the saloon more than ever. The striking twin headlamps, with which the E-Class first made its mark in 1995 to initiate a design trend, have been redesigned and slightly angled back, characterising the progressive, dynamic appearance of the front-end. The same message is conveyed by the side view: typical E-Class, but with a new, unmistakable sportiness and elegance.
Newly developed air suspension combines comfort with sportiness
The new E-Class shows its dynamic character with outstanding agility, sportscar-like handling and superb cornering. A newly developed four-link front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension mainly of aluminium create the technical conditions for this. At the same time the standard-fitted electrohydraulically controlled braking system Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) and the Electronic Stability Program (ESPÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â®) ensure maximum handling safety and help the driver to cope better with emergency situations. SBC celebrated its world premiere in the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class a few months ago, and is now entering large-scale production for the first time in the new E-Class.
Mercedes-Benz has also increased ride comfort with the equally innovative AIRMATIC DC (Dual Control) air suspension system, which uses state-of-the-art microelectronics to control both springing and damping. Sensors monitor the road condition, driving style and loading of the saloon, ensuring that AIRMATIC DC always selects the best possible shock absorber and spring settings. In this way the new system resolves the previous conflict of aims between near-perfect suspension comfort and excellent handling dynamics, thereby meeting very varied customer requirements. This air suspension is standard equipment in the top-of-the-range E 500 V8 model, and is available for all other models in the new E-Class as an optional extra.
- Series-production premiere for numerous trailblazing innovations
- SBC electrohydraulic brake system in large-scale production for the first time
- Newly developed AIRMATIC DC (Dual Control) air suspension
- Intelligent protection systems for exemplary occupant safety
- Fuel consumption reduced by up to 0.9 litres per 100 kilometres
- Dynamic multicontour seat as a world first
- The world's most successful saloon in its class
Source: Press Release