Mercedes-Benz W211 is First Produced
The Mercedes-Benz W211 is a mid-size luxury car–executive car which was produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz from 2002 to 2009, under the E-Class model names.
The W211 models replaced the W210 E-Class models and were superseded by the Mercedes-Benz W212 in 2009. The car was available in two body types: Sedan and Estate (Estate models were sold in Canada as Wagon).
The W219, sold as the CLS-Class "4-door coupe", which was released in 2005, is based on the W211's mechanical package.
The model was updated in 2006, with new standard and optional equipment, which enabled the W211 to hold its own against its competitors. The announced vehicle was unveiled in 2006 New York International Auto Show. In total, 29 model variants were available, with 16 Saloons and 13 Estates. New standard equipment included PRE-SAFE active protection, NECK-PRO head restraints, flashing brake lights, tyre pressure monitor. The optional Intelligent Light System included bi-xenon headlamps and 5 different lighting functions. The bodies were restyled.
The E63 AMG was a high performance model of the W211, offered in Saloon and Estate body styles. This engine had a high-pressure die-cast alloy cylinder block with twin-wire arc spray coated running surfaces. Compression ratio is 11.3:1. According to many auto journalists, the E 63 AMG was one of the quickest production sports sedans in the world. Both the sedan (saloon) and wagon had a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration time of 4.4 seconds.
AMG Premium package added Door-integrated roller blinds for rear side windows, climate comfort front seats, panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, electronic trunk closure, KEYLESS-GO.
AMG Performance package adds electronic speed limiter deletion, limited-slip rear differential, tire presssure monitoring system, sport suspension, AMG 18 in (457.2 mm) 5-spoke multi-piece wheels, AMG carbon fibre trim.
It was an armoured version with category B4 protection level. Engine choices included E 320 CDI, E 350, E 500. The vehicles were reinforced with steel and aramid. Other safety equipment included Michelin MOExtended run-flat tyres with pressure loss warning system. All modes had a top speed of 240 kilometres per hour (150 mph).
It was a version of the E280 CDI with urea injection and 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission.
It was launced in the USA as E320 BlueTEC in 2007 and in Europe as E300 BlueTEC in 2008.
The W211 Series
The Mercedes-Benz began production of the W211 Series, the latest E-Class, in 2002 and continues until the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland in March of 2009 when the successor, the W 212 Series, is expected to launch. The W211 was produced on the automotive premises of its predecessor, the Mercedes-Benz W210 Series, sporting a refined body style.
Features of the Mercedes-Benz W211
The fourth generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is manufactured in a 4-door sedan or 5-door station wagon body style; the most noteworthy changes have occurred under the hood. The engine options of the latest E-Class are manufactured in 2.6, 3.2, 3.5, 5.0, 5.4 or 6.2 liter and 168 to 507 hp. This E-Class is larger than any of its predecessors, offering gasoline or diesel engines with a choice of rear or 4-wheel drive.
The transmission options are 5 or 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. The manufacturer's cylinder options are V6, V8, with up to 24-valves, and the Inline-4 or Supercharged Inline-4. The newest models sport new styling and many attractive features, including electronically controlled brakes, four-zone climate control, and an adaptive suspension that regulates spring and damper rates. A new surprising option is the Drive Dynamic reactionary seating response that alters cushioning during different driving conditions. The W211 is also the first E-Class since 1985 that is equipped with two windshield wipers.
The Mercedes-Benz W211 Series AMG models include the high performance E63, which was introduced in 2007 and is offered in saloon and station wagon body styles. The E63 is one of the fastest sports sedans in the world and has a high-pressure die-cast alloy cylinder block.
The Mercedes-Benz W211 Series is assembled in Austria, China, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia and Affalterbach, Bremen, Sindelfingin, Stuttgart and Zuffenhausen Germany.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview
Since its introduction in 1976, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has set itself apart from its competitors in size, luxury and extraordinary features. With Mercedes-Benz's traditional attention to exemplary safety-features and comfort-oriented driving, the E-Class continues to remain at the forefront of the automotive industry.
Not as overly-engineered as other earlier Mercedes-Benz models, the E-Class continues to offer standard safety features, including the fuel tank placement over the rear axle, the use of high-strength steel, an alarm system, central power locking, headlight washers, power windows, and a front passenger presence sensor. The newest models sport new styling and many attractive features, including electronically controlled brakes, four-zone climate control, Drive Dynamic, front and curtain side airbags, xenon headlamps and an adaptive suspension that regulates spring and damper rates.
Although the Mercedes-Benz E-Class models are typically more costly than the competition, the outstanding driving dynamics and the traditional elegance of Mercedes continue to make the Mercedes Benz E-Class one of the most popular vehicles in the world.
The newest Mercedes-Benz E-Class models, the W212 Series, will not be officially unveiled until March 5th through the 15th at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. Any information that is available has been leaked and cannot be considered completely reliable until the official unveiling.
The E-Class includes the executive car, saloon, estate, station wagon and coupe. They are assembled in Austria, China, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia and Vietnam and in the Bremen, Stuttgart, Sindelfingin, and Zuffenhausen, Germany plants.