The 2010 E-Class Coupe is in our opinion, better looking than the CLK. (Daimler)
It was about 10 years ago. We were in an S-class Mercedes on Memorial Day, visiting family graves in Cambridge’s Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
When we were leaving, I punched the address of our next destination – Melrose – into the navigation system. Amazingly for that era, the system chose the most direct way out of the labyrinth of the cemetery’s roads before guiding us through equally confusing Cambridge with then-amazing alerts such as "In 500 feet, move into the left lane and prepare to make a left turn."
That technology and many others tend to "trickle down" to the less-expensive models in a company’s lineup and become commonplace.
Who knows where it will end, but the coming 2010 Mercedes E-Class vehicles will inherit a lot of technology from the current S-Class.
The E-Class, with starting prices in the mid-50s, certainly qualifies as a well-established luxury sedan (and a coupe) in its own right. Now it will have as either standard or optional such S-Class technologies as night vision (with pedestrian-detection ability), lane-departure warning (with rumble-strip sound effects), drowsy-driver alerts, adaptive cruise control (with automatic emergency braking), intelligent lighting (automatic high beam control), and the latest Pre-Safe systems (pre-tensioning seatbelts and adjusting for maximum airbag protection when it senses a skid and possible rollover situation).
The new E-Class vehicles are scheduled to hit United States showrooms next month.
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