Preview: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class Are you ready for a car that's smarter than you? – Wheels.ca

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Preview: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E

Posted on August 10th,

HAMBURG, GERMANY—Somewhere in northern headed for who-knows-where, we realized we be lost.

I#8217;d been with the GPS display on the dash of the new E-Class coupe and it all suddenly blank. Our directions were We were far from home a map and didn#8217;t even know we were supposed to go, just it was on an island in the North Sea, near Denmark.

Joe didn#8217;t so bothered. He was behind the wheel and out that the navigation system was on the small display between the and tachometer, so we would still when to turn left or Or so he hoped.

It was just an arrow ahead, with no other

Even if that arrow rescue us, it would not show us the seen on a map. We#8217;d be to drive the route Mercedes was like lemmings, until plunge with no warning the cliff into the sea. I away at more buttons. I to read the manual and translate it German.

I cursed, many times.

“I know what your is,” said Joe, and he at the large central display. “We can follow the map.”

“Except is no map — duh!” I shot back. are the radio stations. The radio#8217;s not to show us the map.”

“Looks a map to me,” muttered Joe.

a while, the penny dropped. I my head over and the display and then, as I got closer to Joe, it again to show me a map.

It was a twin display screen, shows one image to only the and a second image to only the

I#8217;d switched the images my fiddling and neither of us realized the other could see.

The allows passengers to watch or, in much of the world, even TV, while the driver stays

Mercedes developed this and it#8217;s now commonplace in many of its new In the 2014 E-Class coupe and there#8217;s a lot that#8217;s new.

the sedan and wagon that in the spring, these cars “Intelligent Drive,” which is a of a dozen or so safety systems the car more clever than the This is becoming Mercedes#8217; which it can afford to develop for its vehicles.

A stereo camera on the windshield monitors the road and recognizes people and lane a radar system monitors vehicles.

When everything is put together, the car can itself within the lane and other cars, slowing and up with traffic with no input from the driver.

an even more advanced of this in the just-released S-Class, the

That more expensive car has 20 systems, including one that the cameras to recognize bumps in the and adjust the suspension within 5 to compensate. Phew!

But here in my attention was fully on the road

The first 2014 E-Class or convertible to arrive in Canada is the is powered by the current 4.7 L V8 engine makes 402 hp.

With the pedal to the metal on the Autobahn, the cabriolet past lesser Volkswagens and with nary a twitch.

So it should for the price, of course. The coupe will cost in Canada, and its soft-topped sibling cost $80,800.

That#8217;s a increase of about $900 and include the optional costs of of those driving safety

Considering the new S-Class offers than the old model and will be about 10 per cent cheaper, too bad that the rest of the line-up following suit.

The E350 and cabriolet will come with its 3.5 L V6 engine that 302 hp.

It will be priced at $62,000 for the and $69,800 for the cabriolet.

In Europe, are nine different engine available, including diesels and and not including expected hybrids and E63 monsters.

Mercedes won#8217;t confirm the news, which is the new turbocharged 3.0 L V6 that#8217;s expected to come to next summer to replace the V8. It 333 hp and a more astonishing 354 lb.-ft. of it#8217;s better on gas, and is a tick behind its big brother in

The fourth-generation E-Class looks and much racier than its but it#8217;s not really — not much has changed mechanically. That#8217;s though, because there wasn#8217;t anything wrong it.

Instead, it offers a freshened (though still no B-pillar) new bumpers and headlights, an updated and, with the cabriolet, the ride of any convertible when the in place.

Most important, it all those Intelligent Drive to thoroughly improve the car#8217;s and capability. It really is more than the driver — and the passenger,

Transportation for freelance writer Richardson was provided by the manufacturer.

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2014 E-Class

Price: $62,000 to

Engine: 3.5 L V6; 4.7 L V8

Power/Torque: 302 hp/273 402/443

Fuel Consumption km: E350: 6.9 city, 10.5 E550: 7.5 city, 11.9

Competition: Audi A5 and S5, Infiniti BMW 5 Series

What#8217;s Best: Hot new refined interior, as safe as

What#8217;s Worst: More to go wrong one day, no confirmation for E400, cramped in rear

What#8217;s Interesting: Europe

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