- Feb 5, 2007
Mercedes-Benz Poland serves up some Chablis
We'd seen this kicking around a couple of foreign-language sites last week, but we've only just received English-language press materials from the folks at Mercedes. MB Poland is selling a special-edition E-Class Chablis. It's a market-exclusive paint & trim package that's limited to just 30 cars.
Outside, the E is covered in Chablis designo metallic paint. Open the door and you'll see that the interior gets a luxe two-tone leather treatment (black with tan highlights), alacantara headliner, and dark maple trim inlays. The leather selection process is said to take around a month for each car. Motivation comes from Mercedes' 224-horse 3.0L diesel that's hooked up to a 7-speed automatic.
Follow the jump for the full press release and check out the interior and a side/rear view in our gallery.
[Source: Mercedes-Benz Poland]
A limited model series of only 30 units
Chablis – an exclusive version of the E-Class – already available in Poland
Warsaw – Here is a perfect opportunity for car lovers looking for something special: the E-Class Chablis shares a great number of characteristics with the well-known wine to make for its uniqueness. The sophisticated taste, unique colour and uncompromising quality based on the perennial tradition – such effect has been achieved by means of the luxurious leather finishing and the designo paintwork. The E-Class Chablis model series, equipped with a three-liter Diesel engine with an output of 224 hp, has been limited to include just 30 units.
The secret of the unmistakable taste of the Chablis wine lies in a combination of the Chardonnay grapevine seedling with the cold terroir of the lime silt of North-Eastern France. Both climate and soil play a significant role in the making of the E-Class Chablis as well. Leather elements of the interior of the E-Class are made exclusively of high-quality skins originating in stock-raising farms in Southern Germany, where the limited influence of natural factors like insect bites or cuts, affords animal skin of inimitable quality and texture.
The designo leather is produced by experienced craftsmen. Like with Chablis the wine, most work is done by hand. The surface of the leather must be free of any defects; each scratch, even the tiniest one, is eliminated. The Chablis model undergoes special, lengthened manufacturing. The multi-stage skin processing and selection of adequate materials – these activities alone take a whole month. Adjustment of these, sewing and fitting inside a car, result in another weeks of hard work. And this is just a beginning.
Wood to add taste
Although making the E-Class Chablis does not require oak casks to be used, still wood influences extensively the final look of the car's interior. Decorative elements are made of maple wood. Carefully selected veneers are processed by hand: bated, ground and polished. Afterwards, they are covered with a few layers of fine varnish.
Deep, rich colour
The subtly graded dress of the Chablis speaks for the quality of the wine. Alike the designo paint finish covering the E-Class. The multi-layer structure of the paint, as well as the unique shade on the outside, correspond with the interior which is defined by the designo leather upholstery and the black Alcantra roof lining.
Wine lovers know that tasting needs appropriate environment in order to be real. No doubt the best place to "taste" the E-Class Chablis is a Mercedes-Benz showroom. Just like exclusive wines, the E-Class in its Chablis version is manufactured in strictly limited quantities. As few as 30 cars will be on offer only.
Selected E-Class Chablis equipment:
. Chablis designo metallic paint finish
. Exclusive Chablis designo two-colour leather upholstery
. Designo Alcantara roof lining
. Steering wheel and gearshift in Chablis designo leather
. PARKTRONIC parking assistance system
. Self-darkening rear-view mirror and driver's wing mirror
. Comfortable front seats (heated and ventilated)
. Power-adjustable memory driver-seat setting system
. Mobile phone port
. Power glass roof
. Active air suspension – AIRMATIC DC
. COMAND APS with DVD navigation system
. Automatic climate control system (THERMOTRONIC)
. Bi-xenon headlamps
. Pressure headlamp washer
. Corner lighting
. Interior finishing in maple tree
. CD changer
. AVANTGARDE design
. 17" twin-spoke light-alloy wheels
. Car alarm (EDW)
. multi-functional steering wheel
. ADAPTIVE BRAKE with HOLD system
. ABS – Anti-skid Braking System
. ESP® – Electronic Stability Program
. BAS – Brake Assist (for emergency braking)
. Parametric steering transmission
. Front and side driver and front passenger airbags, rear window and side bags
. Two-stage seatbelt tensioners with PRE-SAFE® system
. Windshield wipers with rain sensor
. Cruise Control with SPEEDTRONIC speed limit system
. 7-speed automatic transmission
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