Mercedes-Benz at the Auto Shanghai 2013

Mercedes-Benz says the E-Class is the traditional core product for the brand in China, and you might as well say it is the same in Malaysia as well. So it’s very important that Mercedes-Benz gets the E-Class right for the Chinese market, and if the Chinese customer demands more rear legroom, the Chinese customer gets more rear legroom! I’m sure Malaysians who don’t wanna spend on an S-Class would ask for the same.

This is the long wheelbase version of the W212 facelift, aptly called the E-Class L. Built exclusively in China for the Chinese market, it measures 5,019 mm in length with a wheelbase of 3,014 mm. Rear legroom gains are about 140 mm. The front passenger seat can be electrically adjusted from the rear passenger area.

The model shown here is called the Sport Sedan version, with more aggressive front end featuring a big three pointed star on the grille. There’s also a more traditional looking E-Class called the Sedan, which if you recall from our previous feature of the W212 facelift reminds us alot of the W220 S-Class. In China, the low-beam headlamps are powered by LED as standard.

The car on show here is the E 400 L Hybrid, which is joined by it’s siblings the E 400 L, the E 260 L and E 300 L. Yes, there’s two E 400 models here – the E 400 Hybrid is powered by a 3.5 litre normally aspirated V6 mated to an electric motor, but the regular E 400 is pretty interesting as well – under the hood is a new 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 engine producing 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque.