The Mercedes a Benz E-Classis a range of executive cars manufacturer by German automaker Mercedes Eben in various engine and body configurations. Produced since 1953, the E-Class falls midrange in the Mercedes line-up, and has been marketed worldwide across five generations.Before 1993, the E in Mercedes-Benz nomenclature was a suffix following a vehicle’s model number which stood forEinspritzmotor(German for fuel injection engine).
It began to appear in the early 1960s, when that feature began to be utilized broadly in the maker’s product line, and not just in its upper tier luxury and sporting models. By the launch of the faceliftedW124in 1993 field injection was ubiquitous in Mercedes engines, and the E was adopted as a prefix (i.e., E 220) and the model line referred to officially as the E-Class (orE-Klasse). All generations of the E-Class have offered either rear wheel drive or Mercedes’4Maticfour-wheel drive system.
Historically, the E-Class is Mercedes a bend bestselling model, with more than 13 million sold by 2015.The first E-Class series was originally available as four-doorsedan, five-doorstation wagon, 2 door coupe and 2 door convertible. From 1997 to 2009, the equivalent coupe and convertible were sold under the Mercedes a Benz CLK-Classnameplate; which was actually based on the mechanical underpinnings of the smaller C-Class while borrowing the styling and some power trains from the E-Class, a trend continued with the C207 E-Class coupe/convertible which was sold parallel to the W212 E-Class sedan/wagon. With the latest incarnation of the E-Class released for the 2017 model year, all body styles share the same W213 platform.
Due to the E-Class’s size and durability, it has filled many market segments, from personal cars to frequently serving as taxis in European countries, as well specials purpose vehicles (e.g., police or ambulance modifications) from the factory.
The first modern mid-size Mercedes was theW120 Pontoon 180of 1953 and was produced till 1962. Sharing its engineering with theR121190 SL of 1955, the Pontoon was a stylish sedan with a fours cylinder engine. A larger-enginedW121 190appeared in 1958.W110 (1961–1968)Main article:Mercedes-Benz W110Mercedes added tailfins to both the bigS-Classand the newW110 Fantail 190of 1962. In the 1965 230 model aStraight-6engine appeared for the first time, and the four cylinder engine grew in displacement.W114, W115 (1968–1976)Main article:Mercedes-Benz W114The mid-size Mercedes was redesigned in 1968 as theW114/W115 ‘Stroke-8”. This time, the 6-cylinder models (The W114s) were most prevalent, with the W115 line making up the bottom of the company’s offerings with four – andfive-cylinderpower.Dieselengines joined the line-up, as did acoupébody.W123 (1976–1986)Main article:Mercedes-Benz W123The popularW123quickly became a bestseller on its launch in 1976. Especially in diesel powered200D and 240D (also the five-cylinder 300D) guises, the cars enhanced the company’s reputation for product quality. Over 2.6 million were produced until the end of production in 1986.Saloon/Sedan, Coupé and Estate body configurations were offered.W124 (1986–1994)Main article:Mercedes-Benz W123TheW124was presented in 1984 and introduced several new standards for a mid-size Mercedes. It was the third car to inherit the company’s new design theme since the late 1970s, following the flagshipW126and compactW201.Similar to its predecessors, the W124 also offered a coupe and estate body styles. A new convertible (internally A124) was also available, making it the first mid-size Mercedes convertible.