Mercedes-Benz introduced a new generation of its midsize E-Class sedan for 2003. A 221-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 powers the E320 and a wagon body style is offered, as is rear- or all-wheel drive. Sport versions of the sedan and wagon are available. Bi-xenon active headlights are available.
Moved to a new platform for 2003, the E-Class sedan displays more flowing lines than its predecessor and sports a lower, swept-back front end. Oval headlights are angled back more sharply, and a sculpted trunk replaced the former squared-off profile. The front fenders, hood, trunk lid and bolted-on frame members are made of aluminum. An Airmatic air suspension is an option on the E320.
Front-seat occupants in the five-passenger interior face a V-shaped console. The Sport edition features black bird’s-eye maple trim rather than the brown walnut used in other models.
Sensotronic brake control, which is a brake-by-wire system, promises faster, more surefooted emergency response. Antilock brakes and Mercedes-Benz’s Electronic Stability Program are standard. Adaptive front airbags deploy at a lower force in less-severe collisions. Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are standard.
Civility reigns behind the wheel of the E-Class. Everything about this car is smooth and luxurious.
With its 2003 redesign, the E-Class delivers lively acceleration, whether starting from a standstill, passing or merging.
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