Mercedes-Benz is breaking new ground with the interior of the future E-Class. A new control experience meets high-quality materials and spacious architecture. The future E-Class interior design features a wide high-resolution next-generation dual display (12.3 inches per display) that appears to hover in space.
In addition, touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel make their first appearance in a car. They allow the driver to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The all-new experience is rounded off by a novel, intelligent graphic design with high-resolution visualisations and animations as well as simplified control logic. At the same time, the occupants enjoy a sensual interior with spacious architecture and high-quality materials.
The eye-catcher in the comfort-oriented, luxurious interior of the future E-Class is two displays each with a 31.2 cm (12.3-inch) screen diagonal and a resolution of 1,920 x 720 pixels. These merge visually to form a wide-screen cockpit, thus acting as a central element to emphasise the horizontal bias of the interior design. As the instrument cluster, this wide-screen cockpit contains a large display with virtual instruments in the direct field of vision of the driver as well a central display above the centre console. A common glass cover results in a modern flat-screen look. The driver can choose between three different styles to select their preferred screen design: “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive”.
The future E-Class is the first ever car to integrate touch control buttons in the spokes of the multifunction steering wheel. Having selected the desired function with a swipe, the driver presses the appropriate touch control button to trigger the function.
The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. The same applies to the optionally available enhanced ambience lighting. With 64 colours, it offers a host of possibilities for personalisation.
First class seats and concert hall sound
A further highlight of the future E-Class is its seats, which create an ergonomic, sculptural impression with their torso form, uniting Mercedes-Benz’s typical suitability for long journeys with a refined, sporty look. The seats are designed differently depending on the line. As standard, the Frontbass system delivers a special listening experience. It uses the space in the cross-member and side member of the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers. If the vehicle is additionally equipped with the optionally available Burmester® high end 3D surround sound system, the occupants are treated to a listening experience reminiscent of the acoustics in a concert hall. This is because it uses amongst other things four roof speakers. The effect: reflections, which come off the ceiling in a concert hall, are incorporated in the same authentic manner into the sound design of the E-Class. As in the S-Class, the sound can be optimally adjusted for every seat position using the so-called VIP setting