Individualisation: Unique freedom of choice

Feb 8, 2013
Individualisation with a capital "I" – this is one of the mottoes of the new E-Class. This is because the options for individual configuration have been significantly enhanced and are unique in this class. As previously there are three lines to choose from, but in practice all of the equipment options remain available – irrespective of the chosen line (colours, fabrics, leathers, trim…). As such each vehicle becomes totally individual: no one vehicle is like any other. For example one can opt for a classic look on the outside, but retain a totally modern look on the inside.  
As ever, there are two attractive design packages to visually enhance both the interior and exterior of the E-Class. In addition to the basic appointments, there is also a choice of ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE equipment lines – with the latter highlighting the sporty character of the Saloon and Estate models in particular.  
Both lines differ from the standard version in respect of the following additional appointments:  
  • storage boxes underneath the front seats
  • ambient lighting beneath the dashboard trim and the four door trim strips, individually adjustable in three colours (neutral, solar, polar)
  • automatically dimming inside rear-view mirror
  • illuminated stowage facilities in the centre console
  • footwell lighting
  • ambient lighting in the exterior mirrors
  • the centre headrest in the rear can be lowered via a button in the centre console control panel  
In addition, the AVANTGARDE line is is equipped with the DIRECT CONTROL suspension.  
Furthermore, the equipment lines primarily differ from each other in terms of a number of design details in both the interior and the exterior. The following is a list of the most significant differences: 
Standard equipment
Exterior
  • radiator trim with three louvres in stone grey, front edge in chrome
  • front bumper with sporty wing design, air intakes with black diamond grille, without chrome trim
  • 16-inch 9-spoke light-alloy wheels
  • No side chrome trim
  • rear bumper which emphasizes the width, with insert in matt black plastic, without chrome trim
  • concealed exhaust system 
Interior
  • multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather with four spokes and two inserts in silver chrome
  • aluminium trim with light longitudinal grain, optional high-gloss brown eucalyptus wood trim
  • air-conditioning control panel fascia in black plastic
  • shift lever or DIRECT SELECT lever in nappa leather
  • Strasbourg seat fabric with transverse stitching  
ELEGANCE
Exterior
  • radiator trim with three louvres in painted silver, front edge in chrome
  • front bumper with sporty wing design, air intakes with black louvres, chrome trim on the outer air intakes and beneath the spoiler lip
  • 17-inch multi-spoke light-alloy wheels (E 500 18-inch)
  • chrome trim above the side skirts
  • rear bumper which emphasizes the width, with insert in matt black plastic and chrome trim
  • concealed exhaust system 
Interior
  • multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather with four spokes and two inserts in silver chrome
  • high-gloss dark brown burr walnut wood trim
  • air-conditioning control panel fascia in high-gloss dark brown burr walnut
  • shift lever or DIRECT SELECT lever in nappa leather with insert in high-gloss dark brown burr walnut
  • Strasbourg seat fabric with transverse stitching  
AVANTGARDE
Exterior
  • soft nose clearly distinct from the bonnet, radiator trim with two louvres and central star
  • front bumper with sporty wing design, air intakes with black diamond grille, chrome trim on the outer air intakes and beneath the spoiler lip
  • 17-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels with a high-sheen finish, or 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels with a high-sheen finish
  • chrome trim above the side skirts
  • sporty rear bumper, with insert in matt black plastic and chrome trim
  • twin-pipe exhaust system with diamond-shaped tailpipe trim integrated into the bumper  
Interior
  • sporty three-spoke multifunction steering wheel as standard, finished in nappa leather with perforated inserts and thumb-rests, two silver-chrome inserts on the lower spoke
  • aluminium trim with dark textured grain
  • air-conditioning control panel fascia in aluminium with dark textured grain
  • shift lever or DIRECT SELECT lever in nappa leather with insert in aluminium with dark textured grain
  • seats in ARTICO man-made leather/Grenoble with transverse stitching
Equipment packages make individual choice easier 
Three optional equipment packages provide additional options for differentiation and individualisation: 
Exclusive package – adds value with high-quality appointments. It comprises:
  • nappa leather upholstery for seats, centre armrest and door armrests and door centre panels
  • roof lining, pillars and sunblind in DINAMICA microfibre
  • dashboard and beltline in ARTICO man-made leather with topstitching
  • velour floor mats with nubuck strip in appointments colour  
AMG Sports package – with AMG bodystyling and technology for a sporty appearance and enhanced driving dynamics. It comprises:
  • AMG bodystyling consisting of a front and rear apron plus side sill panels
  • 18-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels with 245/40 R 18 on 8.5 J x 18 ET48 (front), and 265/35 R 18 on 9 J x 18 ET54 (rear)
  • 18-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels with a high-sheen finish and 245/40 R 18 on 8.5 J x 18 ET48 for 4MATIC models
  • larger brake discs on the front, perforated
  • front brake callipers with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering
  • DIRECT CONTROL sports suspension (not for 4MATIC models)
  • twin-pipe exhaust system with rectangular, integrated tailpipe trim in polished stainless steel
  • front sports seats with deeply contoured lateral support on the seat backrest
  • ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre upholstery in black with light-coloured contrasting stitching (black leather upholstery optionally available)
  • centre armrest and armrests in the doors in black with light-coloured contrasting stitching
  • AMG sports steering wheel in black nappa leather featuring 3-spoke design and with flattened bottom section
  • shift lever in nappa leather with chrome trim
  • DIRECT SELECT shift paddles and manual shift mode (M) in conjunction with automatic transmission
  • sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs
  • floor mats with AMG lettering
  • roof lining in black fabric
Exterior Sports package – enhances the exterior of the vehicle with an even sportier appearance and enables a more sporty and agile driving sensation. It comprises:
  • 18-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels with 245/40 R 18 on 8.5 J x 18 ET48 (front), and 265/35 R 18 on 9 J x 18 ET54 (rear)
  • sports suspension (not for 4MATIC)
  • larger, perforated front brake discs
  • brake callipers with Mercedes lettering
  • exhaust system with two rectangular, integrated tailpipes
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