The Mercedes-Benz E 350d hasn’t been on sale in India for a few months but now it’s back in BS6 form, armed with a new six-cylinder diesel engine and more features. Available in a new range-topping Elite trim, the upgraded Mercedes E 350d is priced at Rs 75.29 lakh (ex-showroom).
The highlight of the upgrade is the switch to Merc’s latest 3.0-litre, in-line-six diesel engine that debuted in BS6 form on the S 350d in 2018. It has since been rolled out in the G 350d and GLE 400d. On the E 350d, the engine makes 286hp and 600Nm of torque. For reference, the old E 350d’s 3.0-litre V6 produced 258hp and 620Nm of torque. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Mercedes claims a 0-100kph time of just 5.7sec for the new E 350d. As before, the E 350d remains the only version of the E-class with air suspension.
Visually, the new E 350d can be identified by its larger 18-inch wheels; the four-cylinder E-class models that were upgraded to BS6-spec last year, run on 17-inchers. The E 350d is also unique for its open-pore black ashwood trimming inside the cabin. In terms of equipment, the E 350d gets all the bells and whistles from its four-cylinder siblings, along with a few notable additions such as a memory function for the front seats and steering, wireless phone chargers at the front and rear seats – the Exclusive only has one charging pad at the rear, and a 360-degree camera. Interestingly, the E 350d gets Merc’s adapter-based connected-car tech while the E200 and E220d get the ‘me Connect’ eSIM-based tech.
The E 350d goes up against the BMW 530d and 630d GT. The Audi A6, also a potential rival to the E-class, is only offered by its fellow German rival with a petrol engine option.
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