Published on April 26th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Wish Granted – China Gets Long Wheelbase E-Class
Here’s one more ‘special’ from the Beijing Motor Show – an LWB (long wheelbase) E-Class which is purpose-developed for the China market. It measures 140mm more than the regular E-Class which results in a considerably larger footwell area and seats with a host of comfort functions.
Dimensions at a glance:
The long-wheelbase version will be available on the Chinese market with two distinct design characters – as a saloon and as a sports saloon. The saloon bears the classic saloon radiator grille with the Mercedes star on the bonnet. The sports saloon is identifiable by the radiator grille with its central star.
Design featuring modern aesthetics and sensual purity
The longer wheelbase manifests itself in the triangular windows additionally integrated into the C-pillar and a stretched roof line. This lends the long-wheelbase version an autonomous side profile with harmonious proportions that give it a dynamic and at the same time elegant appearance. The favourable ratio of overhangs to wheelbase also contributes to this effect.
At the tail end, broad shoulders above the rear wheel arches lend the saloon its unmistakably powerful character. Single-piece tail lights featuring a two-bar design framed by the vehicle body clearly identify it as a new member of the Mercedes saloon family
High-class interior with fine details
Also on board are new touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel. Like a smartphone interface, they respond precisely to horizontal and vertical swiping movements, allowing the driver to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel.
Centre armrest with lots of features
All rear seat variants have a folding centre armrest in common. Their comfort attributes include:
- An illuminated stowage compartment
- A USB port
- An integral touchscreen (optional extra)
- Wireless charging of the mobile phone (optional extra)
- Heated pad (optional extra)
- As an extended centre console a cup holder with temperature control on request
In addition to this the rear compartment meets requirements for use as a workspace and relaxation area. For instance, the occupants can, on request, control certain car and COMAND functions from the rear – either via a touchscreen display permanently integrated into the centre armrest or with a corresponding app via tablet or smartphone.
Built in China for China
The long-wheelbase version of the E-Class is produced at Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC) in Beijing for the Chinese market. BBAC is a joint venture between Daimler and the strategic partner BAIC.