Mercedes-Benz hopes that an attractive new pricetag on its new 2010 E-Class will help you forget the recession, the bankruptcy of its old pal Chrysler, and will open your wallet.
The new E-Class gets a significant price cut for 2010. The base rear-drive E-Class will sticker for $48,600 when it goes on sale in June, according to Mercedes execs on hand for the Las Vegas introduction of the new sedan and coupe. The base price--plus an $875 delivery charge--represents a "value increase" of 10 percent from the $53,200 base price of the 2009 model, they say. The new model includes features not available on last year's E-sedan, including more airbags for knees and pelvises, the Attention Assist system that vibrates the steering wheel when you begin to drift in your lane, and Agility Control.
V-8 versions of the new 2010 E-Class will start from $56,300. Later this year, 4Matic all-wheel-drive versions of both will be available for a $2,500 increase over the base prices.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup sails into showrooms in June with rear-drive V-6 and V-8 editions. The 268-hp V-6 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and gets 18/25 mpg, according to Benz. The V-8 has 382 hp, accelerates to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and scores 16/23 mpg in fuel-economy tests. Both engines are teamed to a seven-speed automatic.
While 4Matic versions arrive in September, fans of the E63 AMG have to wait until November for their cars to be delivered. A convertible version will be on display at the Frankfurt auto show in September and on sale in the U.S. before the end of the year.
Next March, the E-Class adds a diesel E350 Bluetec edition as a 2011 model, with 24/33 mpg fuel economy carried over from the 2009 model. Then, in June of 2010, the new E-Class wagon arrives in America with V-6 power and 4Matic all-wheel drive, and a 2011 model-year tag.
We'll have more on the E-Class later this evening, as we bring you our hands-on review of the new sedan. Tomorrow we'll bring you the latest on the Coupe after a sprint into the desert outside Las Vegas. In the meantime, luxuriate in tons of high-resolution photos over at our 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class page.