New Mercedes E-class, SLC and SL now on sale
Mercedes-Benz South Africa has announced pricing of its brand new E-class sedan, SLC and SL models, with delivers set to start in June.
Unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January, the new W213 series E-class replaces the almost seven year old W212, with the tree-pointed star touting it as its most “forward looking production car” on sale today.
Based on Benz’s new MRA-platform that also underpins the C and S-class, the new E is made mostly out of aluminium instead of steel, which is said to have reduced its weight by 100 kg.
Inside, the interior mirrors that of the S-class with buyers able to choose from a range of options including a 12.3-inch wide-screen dash layout (R14 500), COMMAND online multi-media interface (R27 900) and multi-beam LED headlight assist (R24 500) that automatically adjust each of the LED lamps to individually light the road without flashing oncoming cars.
In addition, the E-class can be have with the optional driver assistance pack (R32 500), that features Steering Pilot, Speed Limit Pilot, Active Brake Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, and Active Lane Keeping Assist, which allows it to be controlled semi-autonomously.
As before, the E-class will offered in three trim levels; Avantgarde, Exclusive and AMG-Line, with all models making use of the same 9G-Tronic gearbox used in other model ranges.
|E200||135 kW / 300 N.m||R707 100|
|E220d||143 kW / 400 N.m||R759 100|
|E350d||190 kW / 620 N.m||R946 300|
Replacing the SLK, the SLC, as name its name suggest, is once again based on the C-class with the name making it first appearance since being dropped from the R107-generation SL range in 1981.
Borrowing a number of C-class inspired looks, the SLC also boast a number of new technologies, the most notable being Active Brake Assist, Dynamic Select with a number of driving modes, Adaptive High Beam Assist and the Magic Sky Vario Roof that lightens or darkens the roof depending preference.
Like the E-class, the SLC will only be offered with the 9G-Tronic box with the previous range topping SLK 55 AMG making way for the new SLC 43, which drops the 5.4-litre V8 in favour of bi-turbo 3.0-litre V6.
|SLC200||135 kW / 300 N.m||R680 600|
|SLC300||180 kW / 370 N.m||R753 400|
|AMG-SLC 43||270 kW / 520 N.m||R988 000|
More of a facelift, the R231 SL gains the same (optional) Active Body Control system as the S-class, with high-spec models coming fitted as stand with the aforementioned Driver Assistance Package and five mode Dynamic Select system.
A selection of forced induction V6 (SL400) and V8 engines (SL500 and SL63 AMG) are again offered, with the flagship SL65 making use of a 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 that develops 463 kW and 1 000 N.m of torque. Non-sporting models will make of the 9G-Tronic box with AMG models using Benz’s seven-speed MCT tranny.
|SL400||270 kW / 500 N.m||R1 435 100|
|SL500||335 kW / 700 N.m||R1 767 900|
|AMG-SL63||430 kW / 900 N.m||R2 454 300|
|AMG-SL65||463 kW / 1 000 N.m||R3 119 000|
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