Mercedes Benz E220d Long Wheelbase: First Look

By Souvik Das | Updated 9 Jun 2017
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The new Mercedes-Benz E220d Long Wheelbase was recently launched in India, signifying the company's new strategy of cleaner engines and more luxury at better prices. The new saloon features more comfortable seats, a snazzy COMAND infotainment system, up to 64 programmable LEDs for ambient lighting and a host of other elements that make it an alluring package for luxury car buyers. Here, we take a first glance at what makes the new Mercedes-Benz E220d.

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The new E220d Long Wheelbase edition adds a host of new luxuries, alongside focusing on important innovations. For instance, the new OM654 engine is a sub-2 litre diesel engine built to be efficient and meet emission norms. It has been assembled at Chakan, India and produces 192 brake horsepower.

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The new E220d retains a lot of recognisable features and design elements from the older E series sedans. For instance, the aggressive headlamps!

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Alongside more room, the rear seats also get more luxury features meant to pamper you, like the adjustable headrests and pillows for the head and neck.

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The car gets a tri-zone climate control system, which gives the rear passengers with fully independent cooling control.

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The rear seats offer excellent thigh and lumbar support, and along with the two head pillows, offer enough to hold you well in place. The door-mounted seat controls are also more convenient to operate than side-mounted ones.

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The leather-and-veneer inserts on the doors is what you would expect from luxury vehicles, but what really impresses is the impeccable fit and finish of the equipment inside.

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The cabin feels plush and warm inside, and the ample usage of wood and leather negates the coldness of chrome to make the interiors quite pleasant.

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The 12.3" high resolution display is one of the bigger in-car infotainment displays in this segment. It runs on Mercedes-Benz's own COMAND infotainment system, that is complete with its own 3D satellite-based navigation system and an integrated HDD for storage of map and entertainment data.

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The analogue clock in the middle, along with the large and chunky buttons add a nice touch of class to the piano black central panels.

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The four central air-conditioning vents make the AC quite powerful, in our first impressions.

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Adding to all of these features is the 64-colour customisable LED lighting to add to the ambience. From snazzy purple to soothing turqoise, the range is diverse.

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The central pillar includes a host of controls, including parking cameras, a touch panel similar to BMW's iDrive, and chrome toggles for driving modes and volume.

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Opening the door projects the three-pointed star of Mercedes on to the surface. This further heightens the impact of the car, something that Jaguar has also done with its F-Pace SUV.

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The steering wheel feels plush too, and as expected, comes with a host of controls to adjust its position and operate the infotainment system.

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The steering-mounted controls now include a touch panel that operates like a multi-way joystick. This is a neat little innovation that makes using the entire system really fluid.

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The two touch-based input panels on the steering wheel are used to control the COMAND infotainment system and the multifunction instrument cluster displays, respectively.

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Mercedes India has priced the new Long Wheelbase E220d at Rs. 51,74,000 (ex-showroom Pune). What you get here is more luxury and customisable infotainment profiles, along with a more efficient engine. Stay tuned for more in-depth insights on what powers the present-generation Mercedes-Benz.

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