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Mercedes-Benz at NAIAS Detroit Auto Show


Mercedes-Benz knows how to put on a show. At this year’s North American Auto Show, American pianist and “The Way it Is” legend Bruce Hornsby opened up the event for the Stuttgart company with a grand piano at center stage.

While that would be a highlight at almost any gathering, this week in Detroit that wasn’t the case. Patrons were at the Cobo Center to see the world premiere of the new E-Class, where five new models were introduced by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Head of Mercedes- Benz Cars.

Among the cars on display were the saloon (sedan), estate, coupe, cabriolet and the highly-anticipated E63 AMG. Eleven driving and convenience upgrades graced the luxury line, including a new 5.5-litre 550 hp Biturbo V8 in the AMG edition.

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The most powerful E-Class to date, the AMG version includes an optional AWD 4MATIC drivetrain for welcome stability at the staggering high-speeds it’s capable of.

The company also introduced a number of engines in a move toward continued performance and efficiency. Starting with the new BlueDIRECT four-cylinder engine, the E-Class also has choices of six and eight-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines rangin from 136 to 585 hp.

The 2014 lineup continues with the Mercedes’ tradition of individual identity throughout the E-Class lineup. Visually Mercedes-Benz, each one has a distinctly different feel when you sit behind the wheel, and we doubt there’ll be little, if anything to complain about given the host of upgrades.

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