The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class L has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 436.800 yuan and ends at 498.800 yuan. The E-Class L is a long-wheelbase variant of the E-Class sedan, manufactured in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture. There will be two variants: the standard car and a Sport, with a sporty grille and wheels. The car on the photos is an E300L Sport.
The outgoing generation E-Class L was really ‘just’ a stretched E-Class, but this is something entirely different. It is completely redesigned from the B-pillar onward, adding a whole fourteen centimeter to the wheelbase, adding a third-side window in the D-pillar, and fitting a new rear-door.
There are two engines available: the E200L with a 184hp 2.0 turbo, and the E300L with a 245hp 2.0 turbo, bit mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
The ornament on the D-pillar is the same as on the China-only C-Class L.
The E-Class L is very closely related to the upcoming Maybach variant of the E-Class. The yet-to-be launched most luxurious version of the E-Class L will get individual seats and a full blown rear-seat entertainment system. The E-Class Maybach will be made in Germany, and it will also be marketed in China. Smart Chinese buyers will get the most luxurious version of the E-Class L, ignore the Maybach, and keep the change. The rest of the world however won’t have that option, they will only have the ‘Bach.
Fourteen centimeter buys a lot of extra space for the legs and the head. This car is fitted with the standard speakers. The top spec versions get Burmester, just like in the S-Class Maybach.
A relatively simple armrest. Top spec versions get an armrest with a touch pad control for the stereo and the aircon.
The dash is standard E, looking beautiful and very high tech.
Wide D-pillar clearly visible from behind.
The new E-Class L has been highly anticipated on the market. The outgoing E-Class L never managed to outsell the Audi A6L and the BMW 5Li, but Mercedes-Benz now has a serious chance to beat them both. The L is light years ahead in tech and luxury, and Chinese car buyers will hugely appreciate the bespoke design of the D-pillar. A hard act to follow for Audi and BMW.
So… they add 14 cm to an already heavy car to make it more comfortable for the lazy Chinese nuveau riche sending hongbao to his friends on weixin in the back, but they offer a “sporty” version? For his chauffeur to enjoy I presume… Well ,as they say, TIC, it does not make sense to anyone outside China
yup. and they also offer a similar sport version of the c class l. people buy it, so i guess MB got it right…
How do you know about the Maybach version? Thought it was just a rumor