Flowing with style and elegance, the Mercedes Benz E-Class is one of the German automaker's premier model lines. The E-Class has already had quite a long history, one that dates back to the 1930s (although the E-Class nomenclature was only adopted in 1993). In that span of time, the series has produced dozens and dozens of executive automobiles. One of the modern offerings of the model line is the finely chiseled Mercedes Benz E350.
2006: The Debut
The Mercedes Benz E350 was a part of the W211 generation of the E-Class that was introduced in 2002. While that's the case, the E350 didn't come until 2006, the year in which the series received a significant overhaul. The said revamp included the introduction of the then-new 3.5-L V6 engine (hence the "E350" name), which packed more power than the old 3.2-L V6 engine that most E-Class vehicles were equipped with pre-2006.
Capable of producing as much as approximately 270hp, the rear-wheel drive Mercedes Benz E350 showed a ton of potential even during its debut year. Aside from possessing a powerful engine, the model was pumped with remarkable features such as stability control, traction control, and an optional navigation system. It's also fuel efficient--the E350 rates at an impressive 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
There was also a wagon version of the Mercedes Benz E350. Dubbed as the
E350 4Matic, this special version of the car was very similar to the original, save for the all-wheel drive option and the obvious change in form. It was slightly pricier as well.
2010: The Next Generation
With the new generation of the E-Class came the latest incarnation of the Mercedes Benz E350. While the 3.5-L V6 engine was retained (otherwise, the model would have needed a name change) along with the automatic transmission that it's paired with, several key modifications went the way of the E350. Both its exterior and interior now has a more polished styling that's bound to turn more than a few heads, to say the least. In fact, this generation of the E-Class was touted by the readers of the acclaimed AUTOBILD Magazine as the
best-looking car in the world. The model's lineup of features got several nifty additions as well--there's Bluetooth, an MP3 player, and a DVD player, among others.
The wagon version of the E360 was dropped for the meantime. A 4Matic sedan variant remains available though for fans of all-wheel drive automobiles.