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Mercedes-Benz E-Class L launched on the Beijing Auto Show

Published on April 26, 2016 by W.E. Ning

Mercedes-Benz E-Class L launched on the Beijing Auto Show

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class L was unveiled on the Beijing Auto Show, and it has become a very beautiful car. The outgoing generation E-Class L was really ‘just’ a stretched E-Class, but this is something entirely different. It is completely redesigned from the B-pillar onward, adding a whole fourteen centimeter to the wheelbase, adding a third-side window in the D-pillar, and fitting a new rear-door.

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The E-Class L will be launched on the Chinese car market in the second half of the year. Initially it will only be available as ‘E320’, with 4Matic or without, powered by a 272hp 3.0 turbo six mated to a nine-speed automatic. Later on other engines will be added to the lineup, including a 1.6 turbo.

There are two different body styles; the ‘Sport Sedan’ like the white car, and the…

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… standard ‘Sedan’.

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The E-Class L is very closely related to the upcoming Maybach variant of the E-Class. The yet-to-be launched most luxurious version of the E-Class L will be branded ‘Maybach’ in China, it will get captain seats and a full blown rear-seat entertainment system.

The rest of the world will only get this Maybach, but it will be made in Germany, and not in China. The E-Class L, and the ‘Chinese Maybach’, are made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture.

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The extra side window is real. The ornament on the D-pillar is the same as on the China-only C-Class L.

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An extra 14 centimeter translates into a lot of space in the back. The cabin is great, very luxurious and finished in loads of wood, leather, and aluminum.

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The dash is basically the same as in the standard E, with extra fancy wood and leather.

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Touch-control pad for the stereo and the aircon.

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For wireless charging.

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The door is a work of art all by itself. Wood, leather, alu, and speakers of the Burmester surround sound system, the same brand that is also used in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

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Beijing-Benz badge on the bottom of the boot lid.

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The sporty one again. A fantastic vehicle, making the Audi A6L and BMW 5Li looking rather cheap and simple. Mercedes-Benz is pushing the limit of the stretched-car-for-China further upscale.




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