Mercedes-Benz E 350 e is the tenth-generation E-class PHEV that features all the gizmos and amenities that all next-gen E-class vehicles will have – in a way of example, E 350 is the very first vehicle that has 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system with ESP stability control and the 4ETS (electronic traction system).
4/28/16 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
Mercedes-Benz is kind of the company that makes any changes unwillingly and it’s more that understandable – why on earth should you make any changes if all vehicles work like clockwork?
However, environmental concerns motivate to make changes even the most conservative ones.
Hence, we have her – E 350 e, the very first E-class car that is the plug-in hybrid vehicle (before it we had plenty of hybrids from Mercedes , but it’s the first time when model of the most luxurious class runs on not only gasoline, but also on electric energy).
Well, all of you have to agree that the newly-launched car catches the eye.
But is the all-new PHEV as good as its gasoline-powered ‘colleagues’?
Let’s figure it out.
Mercedes-Benz E 350 e
The new generation model features technology innovations in a number of areas, including driver assistance and powertrains, with new efficient engines and a plug-in hybrid version –the vehicle has 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system with ESP stability control and the 4ETS (electronic traction system).
In terms of speed and performance, it’s range-topper: E 350 e accelerates from 0 to 60mph(100 km/h )in 6.2 seconds, and offers fuel consumption of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers (112 mpg US) corresponding to 49 grams of CO2 per km. All-electric driving is supported to a top speed of up to 81 mph(130 km/h).
The 6.2 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged from an external power source. Thanks to an on-board charging system, this takes around one and a half hours at a wall box. A charging time of around three hours is achievable via a standard domestic socket.
Working in the background, intelligent engine management selects the ideal combination of combustion engine and electric motor automatically. If desired, the driver can regulate the hybrid interplay and driving characteristics with the help of four operating modes (HYBRID, E-MODE, E-SAVE and CHARGE) and five transmission modes, which emphasize economy, comfort or sportiness, for example.
If a destination is programmed into the navigation system, an intelligent operating strategy controls charge and discharge of the high-voltage battery to ensure optimal use of energy over the entire route. Another aim of this route-based operating strategy is to reach urban areas with a fully charged battery if possible, so that the vehicle can be driven efficiently in stop-and-go traffic—and frequently in electric mode.
The haptic accelerator pedal facilitates economical driving. When the driver feels a resistance point, he or she knows that maximum electric performance is being delivered and that the combustion engine will kick in if they depress the accelerator pedal further. A double impulse prompts the driver to take their foot off the accelerator pedal—say, for independent deceleration through the generator effect of the electric motor if the distance warning system provided as standard detects a slower-moving vehicle in front. This recovers energy and avoids frequent braking, particularly in stop-and-go traffic.
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the first series production vehicle to be awarded a test license for autonomous driving in the US state of Nevada. This simply requires some software modifications while the standard hardware otherwise remains unchanged.
Specifically, for testing purposes, it is necessary merely to make some minor software modifications to the DRIVE PILOT control unit—the “Intelligent Drive Controller”.
More specifically, changes were made only to Steering Pilot and Speed Limit Pilot.
For instance, Hands-On Detection was shut down and the steering dynamics were significantly increased.
Mercedes’ Integral Safety and Intelligent Drive are becoming increasingly intertwined, working in synergy in a cross-system concept.
Its components can:
* assist and provide stress relief during normal driving;
* detect dangers;
*warn, assist and, if necessary, intervene in a timely manner; /li>
* consequently prevent accidents or reduce the severity of accidents; and
* activate protective measures such as the PRE-SAFE components as a precaution in the event of danger and thus provide on-demand protection.
The individual functions are linked to networked sensors including an enhanced multi-purpose stereo camera behind the windscreen and new multi-stage radar sensors with adjustable range and opening angle around the vehicle plus tried-and-tested sensors such as ultrasonic sensors and the 360° camera.
The combined use of data from the sensors allows analysis of complex traffic situations, better detection of potential dangers on the road and, therefore, the ability to further enhance the capabilities of the safety and assistance systems.
To be able to offer optimal assistance also in wintry conditions, the latest-generation front radar is provided with Radom heating, which effectively prevents the sensor being interfered with by snow.
Active Brake Assist
The new E-Class comes as standard with Active Brake Assist. This further advanced system can provide effective aid in mitigating the severity of rear-end collisions or even in preventing them entirely. The radar-based system constantly monitors the area of traffic in front of the vehicle, and can determine the distance and speed of the vehicles ahead.
* If the following distance drops significantly below the safety threshold at speeds above 18.6 mph (30 km/h), the system gives the driver a visual warning.
* If, in the speed range between 4.4 and 155 mph(7 and 250 km/h), it detects an acute risk of collision because of slower or stopped vehicles or, in the speed range between 7 and 80 km/h (50 mph), because of stationary vehicles or crossing pedestrians, the system gives the driver an additional audible warning. It also computes the brake pressure required to prevent a collision, if this is still possible.
* If, having been warned, the driver then steps on the brake pedal, the system is capable of boosting insufficient braking pressure in line with the needs of the situation. In so doing, it makes the best possible use of the remaining distance in order to leave the vehicles behind room to brake.
* If the driver fails to respond, Active Brake Assist can go one step further and, if the danger of collision persists, can perform autonomous braking for slower moving and stopping vehicles at speeds of up to 124 mph (200 km/h) to mitigate the severity of the accident and ideally prevent the collision entirely.
* The system also brakes if stationary vehicles or crossing pedestrians are detected up to a speed of around 60 37 mph(km/h), and can prevent collisions up to 31 mph(50 km/h), depending on the situation.
With adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver in timely manner of inattentiveness and drowsiness, is also included as standard. Crosswind Assist helps the driver by enabling them to clearly counteract disturbances such as strong gusts of wind by means of one-sided braking via ESP.
The E-Class optionally offers additional assistance systems, the key innovations of which have been combined in a new Driving Assistance package.
The most important functions include semi-autonomous driving on motorways, country roads and even in the city as well as assistance when changing lanes on multi-lane roads—e.g., when overtaking. Moreover, it is capable in more and more situations of autonomously braking the vehicle if required and providing active assistance during evasive maneuvers.
The centerpiece of the Driving Assistance package is DRIVE PILOT.
This assistance system, as Distance Pilot DISTRONIC, automatically maintains the correct distance to vehicles in front by adjusting the car’s higher desired speed to that of a slower-moving vehicle ahead before accelerating back up to the desired speed once the way ahead is clear again.
With its Steering Pilot sub-function, it can also keep the E-Class in lane up to speeds of 130 mph(210 km/h).
The driver no longer needs to operate the brake or accelerator pedal during normal driving and also receives plenty of steering assistance.
For orientation, DRIVE PILOT uses an enhanced multi-purpose stereo camera behind the windscreen and new radar sensors beneath the radiator grille and the rear bumper to detect road markings, the vehicle in front and also its surroundings. Consequently, at speeds up to 130 km/h, it is not dependent on clearly visible lane markings as it can continue to intervene actively, like in a swarm, if the lines on the road are unclear, e.g. at roadworks, or even if there are no lines on the road at all.
If COMAND Online is fitted, DRIVE PILOT can provide enhanced comfort through the selectable Speed Limit Pilot sub-function.
By means of Distance Pilot DISTRONIC, it can autonomously adjust the vehicle’s speed in response to camera-detected speed limits, including gantries and signs at roadworks, or speed limits logged in the navigation system, such as 50 km/h in built-up areas or 62 mph (100 km/h) on country roads.
Despite active longitudinal and transverse guidance with enhanced steering assistance, DRIVE PILOT continues to be designed as a semi-automated assistance system in which the driver still needs to keep their hands on the steering wheel. On the one hand, this is a technical necessity, while, on the other, it is a legal requirement. Intelligent hands-on detection provides a noticeably increased customer benefit while taking account of, for example, vehicle speed or road type and curvature.
Active Emergency Stop Assist
Active Emergency Stop Assist can brake the vehicle to a standstill in its lane if it detects that the driver is permanently not taking control while on the move. If there is no steering wheel movement over a longer period when the Steering Pilot is active, the system gives the driver a visual and audible prompt to place his/her hands on the wheel. If, after being repeatedly warned, the driver does not react by steering, accelerating, braking or pressing a Touch Control button, the vehicle safely decelerates to a standstill in its lane and warns the traffic behind using the hazard warning flashers.
Active Lane-change Assistant
An Active Lane-change Assistant assists the driver when changing lanes. Once the driver has indicated to turn for at least two seconds, the Active Lane-change Assistant helps with steering the vehicle into the desired adjacent lane if it detects that the lane is unoccupied. The driver merely monitors the change of lane. It is irrelevant whether the driver wants to move to the right-hand lane or change to the left lane for overtaking.
The criteria for operation of Active Lane Change Assist are:
*operation of the turn indicator for longer than two seconds;
*the unoccupied zone detection system allows a lane change within three seconds;
*Steering Pilot is activated and the vehicle is traveling on a multi-lane, motorway-like road, detected via the navigation module integrated into COMAND Online;
*speed is between 50 and 112 mph (80 and 180 km/h).
A long-range radar system
A long-range radar system and the stereo camera monitor the area in front of the vehicle, while multi-mode radar sensors permanently check the area to the rear and sides.
Active lane change is aborted by the system if the sensor system detects an obstacle, no longer sees lane markings, the driver countersteers or Steering Pilot is switched off.
Evasive Steering Assist
The intelligent innovations of the Driving Assistance package include Evasive Steering Assist. This can help the driver to avoid a pedestrian detected by the assistance system using the radar sensors and multi-purpose stereo camera. If the driver initiates an evasive maneuver by turning the steering wheel, the system provides assistance by adding precisely calculated steering torque to support the movement of the steering wheel.
This torque helps the driver to avoid the pedestrian in a controlled manner and then makes it easier to straighten the vehicle up again so that it can drive past safely. While the philosophy behind Evasive Steering Assist is to provide the driver with significant assistance, the initiative to take evasive action must come from the driver. This is because, if evasive action were automatic, a previously inattentive driver might be so surprised by the spontaneous movement of the steering wheel that they might react incorrectly and, for example, attempt intuitively to steer in the opposite direction.
Mercedes-Benz was never anything but a great automaker.
Its cars are extremely fast, reliable, and, most importantly – they have distinguishably great look.
Model E 350 is not an exclusion and the vehicle has exactly the same cool stuff as other MB model –kudos for that–and…a little bit more –it is eco-friendly.
Great job, Mercedes.
Continue in the same spirit and our world will become a better place to live in.
* 0—62 MPH in 6.2 seconds
* 210 kW (286 hp) combined four-cylinder and electric motor
* 18.6 miles of all-electric range (assumed based on NEDC scale – so like a dozen or so miles of real-world/EPA range)
* 2.1 liters per 62 miles (112 mpg) fuel consumption
* All-electric top speed of 81mph
* AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension
* Pre-entry climate control via Smartphone app
* 6.2 kW/hr lithium-ion battery
* 3 hour charging time via standard plug