India launches Mercedes-Benz E-Class (V213) LWB, better than the regular?

Sanjay · Mar 17, 2021 01:30 PM

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A year ago, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213) facelift made its global debut. Now, the updated model has been launched in India, in sole long-wheelbase (LWB) guise.

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Three variants are on offer - E200, E220d, and E350d, with the latter getting a first-time-in-India AMG Line exterior accessories package.

Also read: New 2020 Mercedes-Benz is more than just a facelift – new M254 engine, lighter 9G-Tronic, new infotainment, new steering

Differences with regular E-Class

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Like it says on the tin, the E-Class LWB is dimensionally different from the regular car:

E-Class LWB vs E-Class dimensions
Dimension/Model E-Class LWB E-Class
Length (mm) 5,075 (+140 mm) 4,935
Width (mm) 2,065 (0) 2,065
Height (mm) 1,495 (+30 mm) 1,465
Wheelbase (mm) 3,079 (+140 mm) 2,939

The extra length and height also translate to a roomier interior, particularly for rear-seat occupants. 

Exterior - sharper design

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In its long form, India's E-Class gets the same visual treatments as its regular, short-wheelbase counterparts. 

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Avantgarde exterior is standard fitment

Like we've seen in the regular facelift, it gets an entirely new front fascia with a wider chrome grille sitting in between sleeker LED headlights. 

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China-spec car pictured

Round the sides, there's new fixed glass sections sitting behind the redesigned, larger rear doors. The C-pillars - now featuring new emblems - gently tapers into a rear that's fitted with new tail lamps sitting atop a refreshed bumper.

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And true to form, the AMG Line kit the range-topping E350d variant wears comes with a more aggressive look encapsulating AMG-spec front and rear bumpers, diamond-pattern grille and 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

Also read: New 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift vs 2016 E-Class – What’s new?

Interior and features - it gets better

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Blue inserts are exclusive to the E350d 

Beyond the obvious extra space inside, the steering wheel, dashboard, infotainment system, and seats are new. 

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In range-topping E350d trim, the E-Class LWB comes with a couple of 12.3-inch screens - one as a fully-digital instrument cluster, and the other as the MBUX-equipped touchscreen infotainment system.

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Other features include a Burmester surround sound system, a panoramic sunroof, wireless chargers, and also a removable touchpad on the centre armrest. 

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Indians will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to interior trims and upholstery, ranging from just black, to dual-tone beige with brown/blue inserts to match open-pore oak wood trims that are available in either grey, black, or light brown.

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There's also a nifty electronic sunblind at the back

Safety-wise, the updated E-Class comes with 7 airbags, active parking assistant, 360-degree cameras, and Pre-Safe.

Powertrain - retained from before

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Air Body Control air suspension system is available on the E 350d

All variants retain their previously-employed engine and transmission combo, as below:

India-spec E-Class LWB powertrain
Variant Powertrain
E 200

2.0-litre, turbocharged inline-four, petrol

197 PS, 320 Nm

9-speed automatic transmission

E 220 d

 

2.0-litre, turbodiesel inline-four

197 PS, 400 Nm

9-speed automatic transmission

E 350d

3.0-litre, turbodiesel straight-six

286 PS, 600 Nm

9-speed automatic transmission

Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift in Malaysia

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The regular-sized E-Class, now already in Thailand

Although it's an interesting car, there's no chance the LWB E-Class will reach here.

Also read: 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213) facelift launched in Thailand, Malaysia soon?

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Spotted in Malaysia already, but launch date is still unconfirmed

We will be following Thailand's arrangments of just getting the regular variants - just when exactly remains to be seen.

Also read: Spied: 2021 (W213) Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift spotted in Malaysia, coming next year

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Currently-sold E-Class in Malaysia

To recap, Malaysia still sells the pre-facelift model, with prices starting from RM 318k for the E200 Avantgarde, RM 367k for the E300 Exclusive Line, and RM 385k for the E350 AMG Line.

Sanjay

Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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