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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

After various reports and some leaked images, M-B took the wraps off the the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class at a private event in Detroit. While the new E won't make its public debut until March at the Geneva Motor Show, we were on hand in Motown to get the details straight from the company that Karl Benz built.

We've said plenty about the E's new conservative sheetmetal and exterior elements, including the ConceptFASCINATION-inspired front-end and sedate, uninspired rump. Depending on spec, the new E-class will feature either twin foglamps or angular LEDs, trapezoidal or oval exhaust tips and a host of wheel options. The overall length has been stretched by half an inch to just under 16 feet, while the width has grown by 1.26 inches, the wheelbase is up 0.8-inches and height is half-an-inch taller than the outgoing model. Torsional rigidity is up by 30% and the new E is more aerodynamic, along with packing 11 standard airbags.

The 2010 model shows considerable promise inside, with an interior that evolves the C-class and GLK's angular aesthetic and attempts to bring more of that bomb-proof feel that Benz was known for in the past. The transmission selector can be had on either the console or the steering column, ala S-class, with the COMAND controller placed on the center divider and some of the seat controls moving to the sides, next to the transmission tunnel.

The new E features enough gadgetry to sooth even the most weary CES attendee, beginning with a new standard system called Attention Assist that keeps track of steering angle and alerts the driver if they're getting drowsy with an audible alert and a coffee-cup icon on the dash. Lane departure warning is optional, along with adaptive high-beam headlights that dim when oncoming traffic is approaching, radar-based cruised control, blind-spot monitoring and infrared night vision.

When the 2010 E-class goes on sale this summer, buyers can choose from either a direct-injected, 292-hp 3.5-liter V6 (E350) or a 388-hp 5.5-liter V8 (E500), both mated to a standard seven-speed automatic gearbox. 4MATIC models will arrive later, along with the E63 variant, and the 211 hp, 3.0-liter Bluetech diesel variant with urea injection is slated to go on sale at the end of the year.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      ok,
      the interior is wining me over - and it looks better than the old one (which was made for women)

      but that rear end is just nasty

      and that c-pillar, well that's nasty too

      the rest i don't mind
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interior: Fabulous. Love it.
      Exterior: Bet Chris Bangle lost his job at BMW and went to Mercedes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe I'm crazy but I think that interior is hideous. What am I missing? I hate the black wood, the center stack is way too vertical, and it looks like three different designers worked on the three areas of the center stack. This is really sloppy work by MB. This new interior looks like an SUV interior to me. I will say it's an improvement over the miserable C-class interior but that's about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The taillights dont belong on this car, they arent M-B trade mark style which most M-Bs have. The look like they were cut and paste from another car. The twin fog lights WTF is up with that???????? That looks soooooo pepboys style yo... and last but not least, DId M-B even took into consideration Infiniti's mistakes for putting button controls on the seat ?? Most americans are fat and their butts are going to overlap those controls eventually causing a disturbing sensation like it used to do with the Infiniti/Nissan 350Z
      • 6 Years Ago
      Engines are quite bad, can they keep up with BMW's V6 TT and V8 TT?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes this is pretty fugly, but the newish C class is beautiful, why can't MB scale that style to the rest of the lot?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not a fan....Disappointed. Who is the designer in charge of this??
      • 6 Years Ago
      I only looked at a few pictures but as a BMW lover and a Benz hater, I will admit this is really nice the interior is way above par for this class, not so sure about the foglights in the default picture, it had me a lil confused at first lol but good job MB, I'm sure it will sell
        • 6 Years Ago
        just saw the taillights, not good, the exterior sucks but the interior is 1337
      • 6 Years Ago
      Epic fail!

      Very ugly exterior and the interior isn't anything to get excited about.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just want to make sure everyone knows I meant the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse. The present one is just plain fugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't care for this at all. Looks more like a Camry than an E-Class. Front end looks confusing, dual fogs is laughable, rear end is boring, small wheels, it's all just really boring.
      • 6 Years Ago
      M-B have well and truly lost their way styling wise, Looks like something SsangYong would come up with. Barf !
      • 6 Years Ago
      That swoop over the rear arches really make the car look hideously chinese and cheap. Mercs used to be quietly understated. No more.
      And don't get me started about the interior: looks like the nav-screen has been fitted like an aftermarket device. Why not integrate it?
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